There is a new Cooking Channel. It came on about two weeks ago. Interesting. Some old shows (The Iron Chef). Some really old Shows (Julia Child and Company, Galloping Gourmet). Some new shows (Everyday Exotic). Some non-American shows (Indian Food Made Easy). I like the channel because it is such a variety.

One of the shows that caught my eye was Bill’s Food. He is an Australian chef/restranteur. I caught it the other day when he was cooking with is little daughter. Comfort food. Desserts. Including

    Coconut Blackberry Slice

You can find the recipe on Australia’s LifeSyle site. The ingredients are in grams etc., so here they are in cups etc.

    The Base:

      9 Tbl unsalted butter
      1/3 cup sugar
      1 egg
      1 tsp vanilla extract
      1 1/2 cup AP flour
      1 tsp baking Powder
      1/4 cup milk

    The Filling:

      1/2 cup Blackberry Jam { I would use more next time}
      1 cup Blackberries {Also more here}

    The Topping:

      7 Tbl unsalted butter
      5 Tbl sugar
      2 eggs
      2 1/4 cups dried coconut {I used unsweetened.}
      1/2 cup AP flour

1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and stir in with the milk.
4. Flour your hands and press the base evenly into a greased and lined (12 x 8 inch) baking tin. I used a 9.5 x 9.5 pan.
5. Spread the base evenly with jam and sprinkle with blackberries.

1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and beat until combined.
3. Stir in the coconut and 1 tablespoon sifted flour, then stir in the remaining flour.
4. Spread the topping evenly over the blackberries. {mine wouldn’t spread so I plunked it down all over the top.}

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
2. Bake the slice for 30 minutes, or until golden.
3. Cover with foil and cook for another 5 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
5. Cut into rectangles.

This was a very tasty dessert. The tartness of the blackberries offset the sweetness of the base and topping. And with home made vanilla ice cream – wonderful!!!

Try it. SOON!!