If you can remember a time when golden daytime only came on a stick, and making children stand on temporary scaffolding metres in the air without safety rails was considered kosher, then chances are you'll remember the chocolate slice from home economics class.
I only took home economics in year eight, much to the relief of my teacher Mrs Walker. She wanted us to arrive with a plan of how we would use our time in the kitchen, to be truthful, I'm still winging it in the kitchen twenty five years on.
This chocolate slice recipe is from Mrs Walker's home economics class. When I first made it I took some to Nanny (a former Lourdanian herself). In the charitable way that Grandmothers are best at, she raved about my cooking and asked if I might share the recipe with her. Years later, long after I'd discovered that Scientists got to blow things up, she kept making that slice from my handwritten recipe.
She'd be proud (and claim to be not a little bit surprised) that I'm in the process of writing a cookbook.
1 ¼ cups self-raising flour
2 tbs cocoa
¾ cup coconut
½ cup caster sugar
125g butter, melted
for the icing
1 ½ cups icing sugar
1 tbs cocoa
splash vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients together. Beat the egg and add the egg and butter to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Press into a biscuit tray about 28 x 18cm. Bake at 180°C for 10 - 15 minutes.
When cooked, allow to cool until just warm. Then ice before dividing into squares.
for the icing
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add butter and cut through.
Blend the cocoa with a little boiling water. Add to the icing sugar with a splash of vanilla and mix together. Add additional boiling water until you reach a spreadable consistency. Ice while warm.
I 'm off to my twenty year school reunion tomorrow. No doubt I'll have an update for you next week. In the meantime, tell me...
did you take home economics at school?
been to a school reunion?