Deserts and Sweets are something I generally avoid as much as I can. But there are celebrations that are special and they cannot be complete without something sweet tantalizing your taste buds. I don’t know what it is about sweets and celebrations; they just go hand in hand.
I did not want to bake a Cake as it can get too heavy and since both the husband and I are staying away from Sugar it would be a waste of time and energy to bake a huge cake and then also decorate it. I also did not have the time to make something so elaborate. So I decided to make a very delicious “Coconut & Chocolate Slice” from Sonali’s beautiful blog Sugaretal.
The fact that it is so easy to make and all I had to do was mix everything together in stick it in the oven just pushed me further to bake the slice. And oh my god was I glad I made these. They tasted like little bites of heaven, a cross between a brownie and a cake and just like Sonali I couldn’t stop eating them. Infact for someone who claims to not eat deserts, I ended up polishing half of them in 2 days.
150g butter, melted, cooled
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain flour
1/3 cup self-raising flour (I just used plain flour and added 1 tsp Baking powder)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm rectangular pan and line with baking paper extending paper 2cm from edge of pan at long ends.
Place butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir until well combined. Sift over flours and cocoa. Add 1/2 cup coconut. Stir to combine. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm to touch
1 cup icing sugar mixture
1/4 cup cocoa powder
20g butter, finely chopped
2 tbsp. boiling water
Make Chocolate icing: Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a medium heatproof bowl. Add butter and boiling water. Stir until smooth. Spread hot slice with icing. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Set aside to cool completely in pan. Cut into pieces. Serve.