This no-bake slice is quick and easy to make.
This no-bake slice is quick and easy to make. MAGGIE COOPER

When the soul needs a little propping up...

WHEN things aren't going right, I tend to reach for comfort food.

So it was that last week when I was nursing a sick pooch (who has thankfully recovered), I grabbed mum's old cookbook with her handwritten recipes. The first thing I came upon was her recipe for cherry coconut slice, a yummy treat that is easy to make and needs no baking.

Now, mum used to use milk chocolate - which is what I've used today - but next time I need a little comfort I'll try dark chocolate; I found this to be quite sweet (although it didn't seem so when I was a child). I always use shredded dried coconut rather than the desiccated variety; it has better texture and flavour. This is an easy recipe for kids in the upcoming school holidays; littlies might need supervision when using the stove.

As always when melting chocolate over a double boiler, care must be taken not to get any water in the chocolate as it will spoil the whole batch. You can also use a microwave, checking and stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds.

Cherry coconut slice

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbs unsalted butter

500g cooking chocolate (milk or dark), broken into pieces

120g plain malt milk biscuits, roughly chopped

120g marshmallows

100g glace cherries

30g dried shredded coconut.

METHOD: Grease a 16x26cm pan with unsalted butter and line with baking paper, leaving an overhang on the long ends to aid removal of the slice.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot water, making sure no water touches the chocolate. Chop the marshmallows and glace cherries; using greased kitchen scissors makes it easier. Combine melted chocolate, biscuits, marshmallows and cherries; press into prepared tin. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two. Remove from tin and cut into small squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes 56.

Contact Maggie at maggies.column@bigpond.com


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