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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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