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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Time for.....Coconut and Passionfruit Slices

Hello there,

It's day two of Afternoon Tea Week 2015 and here at Tea With Me and Friends we've been baking again! Today we'd like to share a second afternoon tea recipe with you...this time something sweet for the top tier of your afternoon tea stand.

This is a coconutty-buttery slice with a passion fruit curd, topped with a lovely crisp meringue......

Afternoon tea cake - coconut and passion fruit slice

You will need....
150g softened butter
70g caster sugar
1 large egg yolk
200g plain flour
40g desiccated coconut
6 tablespoons passion fruit curd
2 large egg whites
115g caster sugar

So let's get started....

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease a 23cm shallow square tin
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy, beat in the egg yolk and sift in the flour. Finally mix in the desiccated coconut and form into a soft dough.
  3. Press the dough into the prepared tin, prick all over with a fork and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a pale golden colour.
  4. Now to make the topping - whisk the two egg whites in a bowl until they hold stiff peaks. Then slowly add in your sugar....don't be tempted to rush here! You should end up with a lovely glossy meringue.
  5. Once your base is baked, take it out of the oven and spread the passion fruit curd over the whole base. Then spoon the meringue on top of the curd, make sure you cover the whole base.
  6. Then back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until the meringue is crisp and golden.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin....then cut into little squares....and devour! Perfect with a cup of tea!
Afternoon tea sweets from Tea With Me and Friends

This is similar to a more traditional coconut and raspberry jam square...but I fancied something a little more tropical with my coconut. Usually you would have a shortbread base, topped with raspberry jam with a coconut meringue on top. As you can see I have moved the coconut around a little in my recipe and swapped the traditional jam for an more exotic passion fruit curd.

Several people (including Lorna) have enjoyed a slice of this cake and have given me great feedback.....if you have a go at making these sweet treats we'd love to hear how it went. Send us a photo on Twitter or leave a comment over on our Facebook page!

Thank you for popping by today and pop back tomorrow for another afternoon tea recipe!


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