A Recipe: Apple and Sour Cream Slice

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The Moon is in Cancer, so attention is turned to concerns of the belly. In view of this, I am parting with astrological wisdom today in order to bring you a recipe.

This one is good home baking, but, more importantly for those of us with less patience than others, doesn’t require any rolling or icing or cutting out of shapes and things. It doesn’t require anything fancier than a bowl, a wooden spoon and a grater to make, so can be done super quick.

This recipe comes from Matthew Evans, an ex chef and Sydney based food critic who has taken the ultimate in tree changes and relocated to a farm in Tasmania where he goes right back to basics and sources suppliers and ingredients either from his own land or locally. How very Cancerian. It is also very practical, and extremely healthy way to live and therefore very much in line with the principles of Virgo- albeit with a tad more sugar…

If you can, check out his cookbooksWinter on the Farm is my favourite…

Anyways, here is the recipe:

 

Apple and Sour Cream Slice

The things you need:

200g Self Raising Flour (although, the first time I made this slice, I used the wrong flour and it worked perfectly well…)

150g caster sugar

90g desiccated coconut

125g unsalted butter, melted

1tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 granny smith apples

2tbsp brown sugar

What you need to do with it:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160C. This is best in a 25cm square cake pan, with the sides greased & lined with baking paper.
  2. For the base, mix together the flour, coconut, caster sugar. Add the butter & vanilla & stir well. Press it into the base of your cake tin. I like to use the back of a spoon to make sure it is good & firm.
  3. Bake for 20 mins or until light golden. Allow it to cool completely. This bit is important. Increase the temperature to 180C.
  4. Mix together the eggs and sour cream until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Peel and grate the apples. I pop them into a sieve so the juice strains out- you only need the fruit. This can only be done immediately before you need it as the apples go brown & manky (ie oxidise) quickly.
  6. Spread the apples over the base, scatter over the brown sugar and then top with the sour cream mixture.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top has set and is starting to colour. Cool completely before cutting into squares.