Author Jean Morrison
Moist Apricot Slice
This recipe is nice and quick to whip up and you can vary the fruit you use. I often use tinned apples and I then put in a heap of cinnamon. You can also use this as a dessert and serve it hot with custard, cream or ice cream
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Quantity: Serves 12
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185 gm butter or margarine
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup SR flour
400 gm tin of pie apricot (or apple)
2 tablespoons flaked almonds
1 tablespoon caster sugar extra
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place butter, caster sugar, eggs and flours in a bowl. Beat well till creamy and smooth.
Place half this mixture in a greased slice tin measuring 18 cm x 28 cm (7" x 11"). Place the apricot pieces evenly over the mixture and then put the remaining cake mixture over the top of the fruit. The second half of the cake mixture won't quite cover all the fruit but that is fine as you need to have some fruit poking up through the top. Sprinkle the almonds and the caster sugar over the top of the slice and bake at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 40 - 45 minutes until golden brown.
I find it easier to spread the top mixture with wetted finger tips. When I put the cake mixture on top of the fruit I use a teaspoon and put little blobs all over the surface and then I smooth them together as best I can. This surface is not meant to look neat - don't panic!
You can line your baking tin with baking paper, if available. It then makes the slice easier to remove from the tin. If you use pie apple instead of apricots then you could sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the slice instead of almonds.
Apricots were first found growing wild in China. They have been around for 4,000 years. Apricots are rich in beta carotene, minerals and vitamin A plus they are a good source of fibre.
Almonds date back to the Old Testament and they are part of the cherry, plum and peach family. Almonds are a good source of vegetable protein and they are highly suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They are considered to decrease coronary heart disease risk factors. They help lower the bad cholesterol, LDL. They have a high content of minerals, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and calcium.
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