Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sticky Date, Hazelnut & Maple Slice
I have not blogged for over three months!!! I have missed it so much. My computer got a virus in early May, then we sold our unit and bought a beautiful big house in the hills - so the packing began. The computer was thrown away and a new one was purchased but there was no point setting it up only to pack it up again for the big move. We have been in the new house for 11 days and we are so happy.
My number one critic Richard emailed me the following review and I think he describes the slice perfectly:
I think this slice looks really impressive and the taste is even better! Its so good to be back!!
240g unsalted butter, chopped
plus 40g butter melted, cooled
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
2 cups (300g) plain flour
2/3 cup (160ml) pure maple syrup
1 1/2 cups (240g) pitted dates, thinly sliced
Melted dark chocolate to drizzle
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan with baking paper, leaving 4cm overhanging on all sides.
Whiz chopped butter and caster sugar in a processor for 30 seconds until light and fluffy. Add flour and pulse to form medium crumbs (don't let it form a ball). Spread in pan, then press firmly into base. Chill for 10 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown. Cool for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk melted butter, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla and egg to combine and then pour over the base. Scatter over dates, nuts and ginger. Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan, then drizzle with chocolate. Chill for 1 hour until firm.
Use paper to lift slice out of the pan, then cut into squares and serve. Store in an airtight container between layers of baking paper, in fridge for up to 1 week.
Posted by Elizabeth and Jared