Mrs Atkins fruit slice
Mrs Atkins fruit slice Photo: Marina Oliphant
The slice is delicious and not so long ago, while I was out walking early in the morning along a country road, a passing motorist stopped me to tell me how much the residents at a local hostel loved this particular treat. Oh yes, Mrs Atkins' family reminds me that the timing is critical - a minute too long in the oven and the slice becomes crisp rather than chewy.
- 125g unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 225g mixed dried vine fruit
- 150g self-raising flour
Preheat oven to 190°C and butter a 28cm x 18cm baking tray.
Melt butter in a saucepan large enough to hold all ingredients.
Add brown sugar, stirring over low heat until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.
Stir in egg, then add fruit and sift in flour. Stir well to mix.
Press into tray and bake for 20-22 minutes.
The slice should have developed a caramel crust and will still move slightly when you rest your hand in the centre. If it is positively liquid, cook another 3 minutes.
Cool a little and mark into 4cm squares with a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely in tray, then cut into squares and store in an airtight tin.
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