I made a deliberate decision to get up later than I should this morning. It has had the knock-on effect of me missing ALL the trains, and having to run like Mo Farah for another one. I am sure I have died as a result. Anyway, am here now and of course whilst casting a sideways eye over the work email account decided to upload this little recipe first.
ShitOven is back in business! The boyfriend fixed it, whilst I was upstairs having a nice lay down on Saturday afternoon. Good boyfriend. Basically he said all the foil-based fortifications I’d erected inside ShitOven to prevent it from incinerating everything had turned to ash and shut out the pilot light. So, it’s fixed. I’ve baked this slice (somewhat burnt) and a stew (to be blogged later, also somewhat burnt), so things are very much back to normal.
ShitOven has burnt me, twice. It must’ve heard me make mention of replacements.
Rightyo – Chocolate Rough Slice – this was a favourite thing of mine (and my family) growing up – to cook and eat. Bit of rough, innit. Also, delicious.
Pre-heat your oven to 180C or gas mark 3/4. Ish.
½ cup self raising flour
½ cup plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
125g butter, melted
And for the topping:
1 cup icing sugar
1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon softened butter
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup condensed milk
Grease and line a 20x30cm type slice dish pan thingy. You know what I mean. If you don’t, then you’re probably not the best person to be making this.
Sift together both flours and the cocoa. No cheating I’m afraid, you need to sift properly.
Add the sugar and coconut, mix through. Make a well in the centre, according to the recipe. I rarely do this, but for propriety I have done so today. Or yesterday, rather, which is when this whole shebang occurred.
Mix in the melted butter till it looks like the above – kind of a crumble type thing. It’s freaking delicious. Eat some, then press lightly but neatly into the lined slice pan thingy and chuck it in the oven for 20 mins. Unless you have ShitOven, in which case it’ll take about 30 seconds.
In the same bowl (well, you can use another bowl if you want, but you’d be mad to) sift in the icing sugar and cocoa. Make a mess, like me.
Meet Archie, the new foster. He’s quite sweet, considering he’s come from a disadvantaged home. The current UK Tory government would no doubt want us to get him to sign a behaviour contract and stop smoking but we’ve not done that, I’m afraid.
After stirring in the softened butter as much as you can (if you’re anything like me, that’ll be not bloody much at all) add the condensed milk and coconut. Stir. You’ll need muscles.
Pull the slice out of the oven and let it cool nearly all the way, won’t take long.
Pour over the topping and refrigerate for a good couple hours. Below is it, sliced, before waiting 2 hours. Topping-sludge. If you do wait it’s much less runny. Eat, eat it all. I had 4 slices last night.
Please note the colour of the baking paper. That’s only 20 mins in ShitOven. Seriously, I am actually playing with fire every time I cook. Danger danger.