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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Raspberry Jam Coconut Slice

How time has flown since my last post and it only seems like yesterday. I have been neglecting Mr. R. (my hubby) with baked treats, let alone all my ‘dear’ followers here at Baking Cakes Galore! I feel akin to a child stood in a corner with a dunce hat on saying, ‘you must try harder’. To be perfectly honest, I have been somewhat lazy in the baking department of late and Mrs R. must try harder!



Therefore, to put me on the road to baking recovery, I thought I would bake up a little treat that is an old-fashioned favourite within my family. The base to this bake is a light shortcake/pastry with a seam of sweet raspberry jam and finally a wonderful crispy coconut topping. My local bakery still bakes and sells out of this baked good daily. It is amazing how a few simple ingredients brought together and baked from scratch can bring such joy to recipients!




Raspberry Jam Coconut Slice

I cut mine into 14 slices.

Ingredients
90g butter
110g caster sugar
1 large egg
35g self-raising flower
100g plain flour
4 tsp custard powder
220g raspberry jam
Coconut Topping
160g desiccated coconut
55g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten lightly

You will need a baking tin 20cm x 30cm (8in x 12 in) – greased with a little softened butter and fully lined with baking paper, extending it 5cm over the sides.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Sift the flours and custard powder together into a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. Fold in the sifted flours and custard powder until fully combined. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared baking tin. (The dough does look sparse but it will fully coat the base completely.) Spread the jam carefully over dough base. Make the coconut topping by incorporating all the topping ingredients together then sprinkle the topping over the jam. Place into the preheated oven on a middle shelf to bake for approximately 40 minutes or until fully baked. The coconut will take on a lovely golden brown colour when ready. Leave to cool in the baking tin, then lift out with the baking paper edges and carefully peel away the baking paper. Cut into slices and make them as small or large as you wish. Store in an airtight container.

Notes: If your jam appears a little thick to spread, warm it slightly in a saucepan over a gentle heat on the stove.

Lastly, relax sit back and enjoy a slice of a gorgeous sweet creation you have made from starch! Oh boy, now doesn’t that taste SO good.........




57 comments:

Bunny said...

What great bars Rosie,I bet they're as tender as can be with that short bread base!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Wow..that looks so yummy .Wish I had a slice:).

Donna-FFW said...

Love the shortbread crust and it pairs so well with raspberry. And the coconut added in, genious!

J.Danger said...

these look delicious!

The Coconut Head said...

This looks so good. I love coconut, as you can tell from my nickname. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What delightful looking slices! A wonderful treat!

Cheers,

Rosa

sowmya said...

they looks so yummy..

The Caked Crusader said...

this has to be one of my all time faves - it's so sweet and sticky with the gorgeous combination of jam and coconut. Need.....coconut....slice.....now

Happy cook said...

Poor Mr.R beeing neglected by Mrs.R :-)
Slice looks so yummy rosie and good to see you with bakes.

Jules said...

My goodness, I haven't had these in years. I've put them on my To Bake list as they look so good.

Mary said...

They look really good , i'll take note on that!

Heather said...

I've been looking for the recipe for the longest time! My Mom used to make them with coconut and I lost her recipe. Great looking bars!

Priya said...

Gorgeous! feel like picking few from the pic!

Maria said...

Mmmmm, coconut! Lovely recipe Rosie. I love bars/slices, especially citrus bars (which you made some weeks ago), coconut bars and pecan bars with a shortbread base. Delicious!

I too have been a bit lazy and lacking in the cooking/baking department as of late...it must be the season!!

Cara said...

I love raspberry and coconut. This reminds me one of my family's favorite Passover recipes - a dessert bar with raspberry jam sandwiched between a crust of matzoh meal, walnuts and pecans. Delish!

Katie said...

Wow I love coconut jam slices! Not had one for years - reminds me of my childhood.

Maria said...

Raspberry and coconut, this is a dreamy bar indeed!

Maria♥ said...

Rosie, those bars look so yummy and I know my hubby would love this!

Maria
x

Donna said...

Hi Sweetie! I'm SO wanting me some of these!! Stay well little love!!hughugs

Aparna said...

Coconut and jam topped bars. I'm seeing these for the first time.
Welcome back, Rosie. Good to see you back at baking delightful treats.

pinkstripes said...

YUM! Those look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.

dessertobsessed said...

ooh these look amazing! i love the combination of raspberry and coconut!

Tracey said...

These look so tantalising, Rosie. They bring back memories, my Gran used to make them for me! Another thing for the TO BAKE list!

Ivy said...

I love coconut and raspberry jam is my favourite. I'll have to make a triple dose otherwise these will vanish in an hour.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Awe thanks my friends for calling by and for your kind words. This truly is a blast from the past bake and one that my family still enjoy.

Heather , Jules I hope you enjoy them as much as Mr R. He's taken 4 slices today in his lunch box lol...

Ivy you go for it girl ;0)


My best wishes to you all as always Rosie xoxox

Sara said...

These look delicious, I bet they'd be great with cherry or blueberry jam too!

Sylvie said...

What a wonderful old fashioned treat, Rosie. It would certainly put you in my good books!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Mmmm I love the way these look. And I bet they are soooo yummy with a glass of cold milk! :D

Cakelaw said...

This looiks delightful Rosie - an old fashioned favourite that reminds me of growing up.

A_and_N said...

I love the idea of coconut!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Heaven. I'm in heaven.

glamah16 said...

Hey its all about balance and loving it. So dont fret. Your treats always make me smile!

Deborah said...

I have been obsessed with coconut lately, so these will be right up my alley!

Ria said...

Rosie,thank you so much for dropping by at my blog and for you lovely words!! I am an ardent fan of jam & coconut combo! This must be delectable!My mom make coconut jam tarts... the combo is perfect!!!

Faery said...

Oh Rosie these bars look and sound fabulous, I was looking for a recipe like this, I wanted something different and with coconut we don't have raspberries here but I guess I can use pineapple instead. Thanks for sharing, my nephew will love these.
My back is better now ;) we need to take care of our backs :)

Navita said...

He he I love the tag "naughty but nice" those bars are sinfully delicious! ")

Katiecakes said...

Mmmmmm, they look amazing! I must give these a try :D

Katie xox

Bellini Valli said...

I used to purchase something like this at M & M meats every Christmas to round out my cookie trays. Thanks for the recipe:D

Grace said...

these are spectacular, rosie! i love the vibrant color of the jam against the base and the coconut, and raspberries and coconut just so happen to be personal favorites. nicely done. :)

Kevin said...

Raspberry and coconut sounds like a great combo!

Elyse said...

How could I ever feel neglected when you offer me sweet treats as amazing as these bars?! These look absolutely delicious, Rosie. I'm so amazed at the wonderfully toasted coconut on top and the oozing jam seeping from beneath it. Amazing!

Peter M said...

Raspberry jam is my favourite, so you know this is an instant hit.

Hornsfan said...

Rosie these look terrific - I adore coconut and raspberry jam, will have to find a way to make these soon!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thanks for all your kind words my 'dear' friends :0)


You are what makes blogging such a pleasure!!

Best wishes Rosie xoxox

finsmom said...

When I was growing up, a friend of mine always brought something similar to this with her to school in her lunch kit... I used to trade away half my lunch for a bite!
So glad to have the recipe now! Thanks for sharing!

Anne said...

They look so delicious, definately going to try these soon!

Anne said...

As always you have done me proud with one of your many lovely recipes Rosie! I made this for the inlaw's tonight and they (+ me!) loved it! :)

xx

Missy said...

i think this makes the perfect dessert! this is lovely and im gona try it one day :)

Heidi said...

Rosie,

Thank you for following my blog and for all of your wonderful compliments. This raspberry/coconut recipe really caught my eye. What a delightful combination of flavors. Although no one in my house likes cocounut, I sure do and so do many of my friends. I will have to try it out.

Love the cupcake graphics on the sides of your blog. Good choice and very unique.

Bake on!!!

Heidi
heidibakes.blogspot.com

JoeyfromSC said...

I LOVE your blog..Just found you!

I wonder though, is there a way to convert these to U.S. measurements? lol

Sorry if that's been covered here somewhere..I also have never heard of "caster sugar" or "custard powder".
I love anything with coconut and I especially love raspberry jam.

I'm thinking there must be a website(I'll google) that can convert the measurements for me lol

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thanks my friends for your kind words - it makes blogging a pleasure to hear from you :0)

Joey welcome to my little blog and SO nice to *meet* you! On the right hand side of my blog there is box called Culiverter which will alter all the metric - imperial to cup meausers. Hope this helps :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

Half Baked said...

Yum those look divine! I love the coconut topping!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi H.B. I think this bake sort off hit the right spot for hubby. I could see bars being sneaked away teehee...

Thanks for calling by always lovely to *see* you :0)

Rosie x

JoeyfromSC said...

Oh thanks so much Rosie:) Yes, that helps a lot! lol

Your blog is wonderful and so nice to meet you too;)

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Pax said...

Whenever I need to make something for my group, I make this, they all love it.
I am going to make it again in a few minutes, but have only morello cherry jam. I hope that works all right. I dont see why it shouldnt.
Has anyone tried it with fresh raspberries?