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Blackcurrant coconut slices

Blackcurrant coconut slices

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

Cut this tasty traybake into bars with a layer of fruit jam in the middle - swap for raspberry, blackberry or gooseberry if you prefer

Nutrition: per slice


For the base

  • 100g butter , plus extra for greasing
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g white caster sugar
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 3 large egg yolks (save the whites for the topping)
  • 4-5 tbsp blackcurrant jam (with whole blackcurrants)

For the topping

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 75g white caster sugar
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • handful coconut flakes (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 20 x 23cm traybake tin with a little butter and line the base with a long strip of baking parchment that extends above the rim of the tin at either end – this will make it easier to get the slices out of the tin later.

  • STEP 2

    To make the base, tip the flour, sugar and coconut into a bowl, mix everything together, then rub in the butter with your fingers to make coarse crumbs. Stir in the egg yolks with the blade of a knife, then bring the mixture together with your hands to make a dough. Press the dough into the base of the tin, smoothing it with the back of a spoon to make an even layer. Spread the jam over most of the dough, keeping it a little bit away from the sides of the tin.

  • STEP 3

    To make the topping, whisk the egg whites with an electric hand whisk until stiff, then gradually add the sugar to make a glossy meringue. Fold in the desiccated coconut, then spoon over the jam layer. Scatter with the coconut flakes, if using, and bake for 25 mins until golden.

  • STEP 4

    Leave to cool in the tin, then carefully lift out, using the parchment to help you, and cut into slices. Will keep in an airtight container for 2 days.


If you don’t have blackcurrant jam, you can use another tangy one such as raspberry, blackberry or gooseberry. A reduced-sugar jam that contains a high proportion of fruit will also work.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2015

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