I believe it was Mary Poppins who first sung of the healing powers of a Spoonful of sugar, and who are we to argue? This delicious treat my friends is certainly no exception. Growing up with two working parents I’m amazed that my Mum ever had time to make sweets for us but without fail there was always Weet-Bix slice, a chocolate cake or my favourite, Jam Slice, waiting for us on the kitchen bench when we came home from school. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of being in the kitchen and of course licking the spoon dripping with the glorious cake batter – YUM!
Over the years I have managed to pry some of my favourite recipes from Mum and I’ve decided to share this one, not only because its my favourite but because it is simple, inexpensive and quick to make. I have added my own little twist with vanilla and oats for extra texture and flavour so don’t be shy to play with the recipe and put your own stamp on it. If you’re worried about eating treats with too much sugar then this probably isn’t for you, however, where is it written that we can’t indulge ourselves every once in a while?
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 120g of softened butter
- 1 ½ cup white sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cup self raising flour, sifted
- 1 ½ cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred
Preheat oven to 180 degrees (fan forced). Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with baking paper.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and ½ cup of sugar. Add 1 egg and mix. Add the sifted flour and vanilla and mix well. Tip this mixture into your tin and with the palm of your hand press into all corners. Don’t worry too much if you can get it perfectly flat and even across the tin, who ever complains of extra biscuit?
Once the mixture is flattened in the tin, warm the jam in a microwave (30 seconds) and spread over the biscuit base.
Beat together the remaining eggs and sugar until combined then add in the coconut and oats and allow to mix until a sticky crumb forms. Allow the crumb to move loosely in your hand as you sprinkle it over the jam, pressing lightly as you cover any gaps.
Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes then remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy! X