Blackcurrant coconut slices
- Preparation and cooking time
- plus cooling
- Makes 12
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.