Friday, August 26, 2011

Company’s a’comin’

Cooking, cleaning and tidying the house for just under sixty guests coming to afternoon tea tomorrow, along with my regular “supporting-my fabric-habit” job,  has occupied quite a bit of time and headspace this week and accounts for the hiatus in blog activity around here. Please accept my apologies, dear reader.

Since there has been little quilting done, I thought you might like the recipe for one of the slices I’ll be serving up to my guests.

It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and comes from a tattered and stained little cookbook I’ve owned for more than 30 years.

Raspberry Slice

Makes about 16 pieces

Base ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

Raspberry jam

2 ounces (60 grams) softened butter

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

Cream the butter and sugar, add egg yolks then flour. Press into a tin 8” x 12” (I line it with baking paper just to be careful, but you can just grease the tin if you don’t have the paper). Cover with jam. My recipe says 2 tablespoons, but as you can see I use much more – no sense in skimping on such a yummy ingredient!




1/2 cup sugar

2 egg whites

1 cup coconut

Beat the egg whites .  Add sugar and beat some more until you have a stiff meringue. Add coconut and stir in well. Spread this meringue mixture carefully over the jam.


Bake in a moderate oven (about 170 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes. The aroma of toasting coconut will fill the house, and the result is this crispy topping with a soft fluffy inside.


Beneath that  is a layer of yummy raspberry jam, and on the bottom a buttery biscuit base.


This recipe never fails to attract compliments (always acceptable!) and requests for the recipe. So it goes without saying that I make it often Winking smile

Do you have an old favourite, never-fail, crowd pleasing recipe like this?



  1. Your recipe doesn't look too difficult, and certainly looks yummy. Ah, now if I could get hubby to like raspberry.

    I am certain you are quite busy with your preparations. Hope you'll take a minute to pop by my blog to comment for a giveaway.

  2. Yum!! I'm going to try that slice!! 60 guests!! Wow!! I bet you've been busy!! I'm sure it'll all go well and you'll have a lovely time.

  3. Over here, we Kiwis call this Louise cake, from the Edmonds cookbook. One of my ab fab childhood favourites. Now, who remembers Battenburg cake?

  4. Thanks Di, that brings back happy memories of baking with my Mum, she use to make this slice sometimes. Her favorite slice to make was hedgehog..when we lived in Sydney I fould alot of people didnt know what it was, broken up Marie biscuits in a chocolate sauce...yum! I do like hedgehog, but my absolute favorite is caramel slice for when I feel total decadent! Hope your gathering is a great sucess, happy quilting Sue SA.

  5. Yummo.....I have always been a fan of Raspberry Slice! My current favourite slice is Butter Tart Squares.

  6. I've printed off the recipe - sounds good! Have a great Sunday


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