Unable to Write…

Hi…. You may be wondering about the title. Well really quite self-explanatory if I do say so myself. After this little postscript you will not be hearing from me today, though I had such a fun post planned! You see, I have spent my entire weekend trying to write up an essay which is doing a good job of kicking my butt. Big time.

That is way too many hours spent frantically trying to piece together non-existent analyses of texts and failing at it. Still. But because of that I just want to forget all words and simply show you lots of visuals :)

Have fun with this slice mes amis – it is soft, moorish and absolutely stuffed with coconut :D oh and involves crumbly shortbread and delicious delicious GORGEROUS strawberry jam…. :D

A recipe that takes about an hour to make yet a minute to devour ;)

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Coconut Jam Slice
Source: Mastering The Art Of Baking

Makes: 12 slices

Ingredients:

Slice

  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g self raising flour (SRF)
  • 60g icing sugar
  • 150g chilled butter, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla/coconut essence
  • 165g strawberry/raspberry/your choice jam – I used lumpy fruity jam… don’t ;) – try and find lump free if possible!

Topping

  • 110g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 270g desiccated coconut, toasted – I only had 170g so mum had the bright idea of simply blending up shredded coconut – you would not even know the difference!

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and brush the sides of a shallow baking dish with melted butter or oil. Line the sides with baking paper so it extends over the sides slightly
  2. Put the flours, icing sugar, butter, yolk and essence into a food processor.
  3. Pulse until the dough starts to come together (it will be soft and sticky)
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  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and press together until smooth
  5. Use your fingertips (I dipped mine in flour to prevent stickiness) and press dough down evenly into the prepared tin
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  6. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and then bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature (I was in a little bit of a rush so did not wait to cool down completely – the jam got a little sticky and all but otherwise it was ok :))
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  7. Spread the jam evenly over the cooled slice base in the tin
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  8. For Topping: Put the sugar and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until pale. Stir in the coconut and the spread the topping evenly over the jam
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  9. Press down and spread evenly using a spoon
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until the topping is light golden
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  11. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in the tin – Cut into squares or fingers and serve :)

Now personally.. I do not want to see a computer as long as I live ;)

Oh and guess what guys? This is part of Lisa’s fantastic Sweet & Slice link up party! Check it out now :D

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145 Comments

  1. I have absolutely zero talent in terms of writing, creative writing, any sort of writing (including blogging). I remember the days that I HAD to write. Ohh so scary! I hope you finished your essay by now. :) I love coconut and this sounds so delicious~~~!

  2. Gosh, these look almost like a lamington, but without the chocolate glaze. Hehehe.. The cake looks so fluffy and with jam, is simply yummilicious. I have been having a block in my mind, I know I have got tons of ideas, but can’t seem to implement them.. I hope I will figure them out real soon :P. hugs, Jo

  3. Lisa says:

    I have been going through a writer’s block of a sort myself, but for different reasons..like I literally cannot think of anything to write..so I also piece together what I can as best I can on my blog. I need to just do a few wordless posts, I think lol That said..these coconut jam slices need no words at all! They more than speak for themselves! Now..rest up and clear your head..you’ve been working so hard!! xo

  4. LinsFood says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you made this recipe, I just love the look and sound of it (maybe because it’s half 10 & I’ve had no breakfast?). Seriously, CCU, just my kind of treat, I shall be making this for sure!

  5. Juliana says:

    Wow, these bars look great…and I love the combination of strawberry and coconut…beautifully done.
    I hope you did well with your essay…and have a great week :)

  6. Wow…Uru….these coconut jam slices look dangerous! I LOVE anything coconut! And shortbread! And jam! And….hey….shouldn’t you be working on your essay?! I hope these slices are the reward for all of your hard work! : )

  7. I know school is such a drag , it real puts a hamper on our social lives!!!! Really does your school not know that the world needs to know about your baking and they are really cramping the style of the whole foodie community. LOL Just think of essay as if though your writing on your blog and let the words flow… You can do it. Just like you nailed this little wonderful dessert that looks just to tempting and I’m sure it melts in your mouth. Take care, BAM

  8. these coconut jam slices looks lovely! I can imagine a coconut lover being really happy with these.(even though I am not one) Good luck with your essay. I know sometimes you just get a writer’s block no matter how hard you try.

  9. I feel ya, Uru. I was in post-secondary for 9 years and spent many a sleepless night cramming together an essay at the last possible minute. You can do it, girl! And this cake looks amazeballs – my Husband walked past me as I was looking at the pictures and he literally stopped in his tracks to ooh and aah at your photos :)

  10. Good luck with your essay CCU. In my second year at uni, about a billion years ago, I wrote my essay weeks in advance (I hated leaving stuff to the last minute, still do) but then on the day it was due, I forgot the damn thing at home so I had to drive 45 minutes back home to get it. Fortunately my Prof knew me very well so he believed my silly story.
    Nice little dessert bars. Now get back to work!

  11. navane64 says:

    You are not the only one because I can stare for hours at the screen and still be in the same spot. Its sometimes very difficult for me to write the intro and I think in the future If I can’t, its going to be one or two sentences only.

    Shredded coconut is perfect, I used them all the time compared to the dessicated. I love any desserts with coconut and this looks like one that I will not want to miss out.

  12. Veronica says:

    I noticed you’ve been absent lately, I’m sorry this essay has been so difficult but I know you will be brilliant and turn in a masterpiece in the end! I mean, a girl that can make such culinary masterpieces is capable of nothing less. These look great Uru, I’m loving the jam in the middle. <3

  13. I think of all of the wonderful, delicious, decadent goodies you have baked and shared with us, CCU, this…this is my favorite. I want to take big bites out of those soft, coconutty, jammy cakes. (Ponders how to veganize recipe…)

  14. Saguna says:

    Good luck on the essay! I feel your pain! This must be an awesome study snack. I love baking with coconut… The whole house ends up smelling tropical. :) Definitely will try these…

  15. Oh my, Uru. These seem sooo British with the jam and the sandwich type thing, hehe. But yes please, I’ll take the whole batch. It’s no secret that I’m a coconut fiend so these are making me drool and want to lick the screen so badly! Must..resist…licking…screen…!

  16. Yum – I like what happens when you get writers block. These visuals of coconut jam slices would get an A+ from me.

    As you seem to lean towards visual, have you tried mind mapping – a visual way of sketching out ideas. It worked wonders for me when I was in the essay-writing business. Just a thought…

  17. viveka says:

    Uru, this look sweeter than sweet – but I love the coconut … girl. Glad I’m not your friendly next door neighbor that have to eat everything you bake. – great and easy recipe.

  18. Baker Becky says:

    ccu…I understand so well! I have all but disappeared from blogging recently to finish a paper. It is good to focus on your studies and put all of your energy into them to finish this paper. I know you will do well, you have a gift with words and I am sure they will come to you!

    btw- the dessert looks so delicious! I am a fan of anything that starts with shortbread!!!! :)

  19. CCU, my first impression was that words fail you in face of this masterpiece of baking. Others seem to have the impression it’s words for a school essay that elude you. Whichever… take another bite, or two, and sit back. The universe will inspire you, again, in whichever way you need.

  20. petit4chocolatier says:

    I am certain your essay is outstanding! Your blog is a virtuous essay in itself, along with your superb and creative recipes!

    Your crumb cake is gorgeous. I love all the coconut and jam. It looks so moist and light : )

  21. Kimby says:

    Uru, I have a feeling you write as well as you bake (!), but both require a lot of work and it’s understandable that you want to pitch your computer out the window now and then. These cookies on the other hand… Take a break — have a Slice — say Ahhhhh… Take care, kiddo! (And Happy Thanksgiving!)

  22. Dear CCU, you continue to amaze me that you manage so much blogging and your school work! thank you for these mouthwatering photos that make your bake very tempting indeed.
    I hope you have managed that essay and that you are now able to relax and enjoy your day,
    All the best to you in all your endeavours, MBT. :)

  23. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m sure I used to make something similar to this when I was younger called Louise Slice. It had the base, the jam filling but a meringue and coconut topping. This looks wonderful. So sorry to hear of your essay dramas. Not good! You will be so relieved when the Christmas break begins xx

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