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A small slice of coffee

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I did do some baking over the weekend. I decided I needed to fill in some of my alone time by stocking the freezer up with things I don’t really need.

My first thought was something ‘coffee’. I don’t often drink coffee these days although I used to be a consumer of large quantities some years ago. I am developing quite an appreciation for tea these days as coffee, for some reason, leaves me feeling a little ill and gives me the ‘I must clean my teeth right NOW’ feeling that is hard to ignore and harder to achieve when you are out in public.

I still appreciate the flavour of coffee though and wanted something to mimic that without making me want to race for a sink and a brush.

I found this recipe and I was a bit sceptical, 3 layers, refrigerating the topping, grating the topping, cooking on the stove, it all seemed too hard. I persevered though and I am glad that I did.

A little reminiscent of caramel slice, this is less obviously a dessert masquerading as a biscuit. The coffee flavour is there but delicate. It was good on its own but would make a great dessert with a good vanilla ice-cream.

Enjoy!

Coffee Streusel Slice

BASE
125g (4oz) butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup plain flour
1/4 cup self-raising flour

FILLING
400g can sweetened condensed milk
30g (1oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
3 teaspoons instant coffee powder
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (I used pecans coz I had them)

TOPPING
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
125g (4oz) butter

Base: Cream butter and sugar until just combined, stir in sifted flours in two lots, mix to a firm dough. Press evenly over base of well-greased 30cm x 25cm swiss roll tin.
Bake in moderate oven 10 minutes, spread with filling.
Grate topping evenly over surface, bake in moderate oven further 10 to 15 minutes,
or until topping feels firm to touch. Stand 15 minutes before cutting; leave to cool in
tin. Cut into bars or slices.

Filling: Combine condensed milk, butter, golden syrup and coffee in saucepan, stir over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble on base of pan.
Continue stirring briskly for about 3 minutes, or until mixture is thick and beginning to catch on base of pan; stir in walnuts.

Topping: Sift dry ingredients into basin, rub in butter. Mix to a firm dough, refrigerate 30 minutes before grating coarsely.

P.S. I double batched this so I’d have plenty to freeze (thank goodness it was good LOL) and cooked it in 2 pans. Worked out fine.

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Author: kolandasimone

40, on my way to 40 something...Still not sure what I want to do when I grow up, retire probably... Food obsessed, love to cook it, read about it, eat it... Chock full of useless information that crowds out the useful stuff sometimes.

2 thoughts on “A small slice of coffee

  1. I love things with coffee flavor as long as it’s sweet and not too strong.

    • This is sweet, for sure, thanks to the condensed milk. The coffee flavour is there but subtle, not the bitter, smack you in the face coffee that you sometimes get from service stations.(sorry, tiny rant, got a really bad coffee from a service station recently and still haven’t gotten over it!) Try the slice, its worth the effort!

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