It's been a long time coming but this week it really has felt like spring.
Our neighbour's magnolia tree is in flower, I've heard rumours of asparagus in the shops and we have bluebells in our garden. At least, we have bluebells in a pile on the back steps after some small hands helpfully picked them.
With any luck the settled weather will return and I'll be able to make it into the garden tomorrow. Then I'm going to sit on the back steps with a cup of tea and a piece of this fragrant macaroon slice and look at where the bluebells were.
Coconut macaroon slice
Macarons are all very well, but I'm more of a macaroon girl myself. This is a new and improved take on something my mother used to make a lot. It's chewy, coconutty and you can whip it up in one bowl. I think it's an appropriate entry for this month's Sweet New Zealand.
2 tsp golden syrup
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup dried cranberries
finely grated zest of one lemon
finely grated zest of one orange
1 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 1 Tbsp hot water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups dessicated coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a brownie tin or similar (about 20 x 30 cm or smaller).
Make the base first. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a small pot. Mix the flour, sugar, coconut, cranberries and zest together in a large bowl. Add the baking soda and water, and the butter mixture, to the dry ingredients. Stir well, then press into the prepared tin. Bake for 15 minutes.
While the base is cooking, melt the second measure of butter and set aside. Put all the other ingredients in a large bowl (use the one from earlier) and mix, then add the melted butter.
Pour this over the cooked base and return to the oven for another 15 minutes, until golden brown and set.
Let the slice cool completely in the tin, then lift out and slice with a serrated knife. Makes about 24 pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Have a good weekend, everyone. If you're looking for something to do after you've made this slice, why don't you cast a vote for The Kitchenmaid in the 2012 NetGuide Web Awards. Just paste the URL (that's this bit: http://kitchen-maid.blogspot.co.nz/) into the 'Best Blog' section. Thanks ever so x