Thursday, January 20, 2011

We Should Cocoa: Weetbix Slice

I'm in two minds about this post. January's We Should Cocoa challenge is to make something using something leftover from the orgiastic Christmas food fest. I was at a bit of a loss - we've eaten all the good stuff - then I spied the box of Weetbix I'd bought a few months ago in a bid to reintroduce them to the Small Girl. She wasn't keen (and as I detest Weetbix too, I couldn't find it in my heart to insist she ate them). I've been surreptiously crumbling them into muesli occasionally but the box has been sitting there, annoying me.

The internet, or at least those creepy lobotomised Mum forums, is full of recipes for Weetbix slices so I bit the bullet and chose one. I tweaked it a bit to suit our cupboards but it's not my finest creation by any means, which is why I wasn't sure about posting it here. I think my real problem is that it tastes like the sort of thing that the women's mags perkily say that busy, frazzled housewives are supposed to make - and while it's slowly dawning on me that I AM a busy, frazzled housewife, I'd rather comfort-eat bread and butter than this kind of thing. So while I have an existential crisis about my place in the world, see what you think of this...


Chocolate Weetbix Slice
This is quick, easy and uses up a few dreaded Weetbix. If you can, make this with some raisins or dried fruit tossed in. It'll be really boring otherwise.

125g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1tsp vanilla essence
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup self-raising flour 
1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup crushed Weetbix (2-3)

Icing
1 cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
3-4Tbsp milk 
1/2tsp vanilla essence 

Preheat oven to 160c and line a slice tin with baking paper (leave an overhang so you can lift the whole thing out afterwards).
Melt the butter in a large pot, let cool briefly, then throw in all the other ingredients and mix well. Press firmly into the prepared tin and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely.
For the icing, sift the cocoa and icing sugar into a bowl, then add the vanilla and milk. Add a bit more milk if it's not runny enough. Spread over the slice and cut when set. Drop it off at a coffee morning for exhausted mothers.
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9 comments:

  1. Oh dear - reckon that creates a crisis for me and all! I love weetbix and the idea of having it in slice form means I could have some even when it isn't breakfast time!!! What does that say about me lol. Thanks for taking part in this months challenge ;0)

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  2. Hmmm, upon reflection this slice isn't all bad - I have managed to eat quite a bit of it today (in the name of research), so perhaps I was a bit hasty this morning. And actually Chele, it would be delicious with a glass of milk for breakfast!

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  3. Mmmmmm. Does look like the kind if thing you'd see at our local village fete cake sale, not that that's a bad thing, just a bit odd. I imagine though that it would last about 3 seconds in my home....

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  4. Down at sister Linda's I found her eating Weetbix for breakfast.. there is something so kiwi and basic and wonderful.. I'll have to buy some and this slice looks just right. Love to you three XX

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  5. Don't buy any Joan, I'll send you the rest of our packet!

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  6. Never heard of Weetbix here in the U.S...or maybe I'm just not familiar with it, but any rate, the dessert is so chocolatey, and yummy. I will have to google the Weetbix and see if there is another option to use for the recipe!

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  7. Hm. Worth a go to stop anything going to waste!

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  8. Mmm Weetabix - it's a high treat in our house as we don't usually buy cereal. Think I could justify it for a cake though!

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  9. sometimes boring food is comfort food because my own mum made it - though I am more tempted to make this slice because I too have bought weetbix for a small one who doesn't appreciate that it is good for you and that anyway when you buy a box of cereal you should at least finish it even if you don't really like it!

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