Apricot macaroon slice
- 200g unsalted butter
- 160g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 210g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- 300g desiccated coconut
- 2 x 410g tins apricot halves in juice, drained
Swap the butter with Nuttelex to make this recipe dairy free. School A to Z nutrition expert
- Preheat oven to 180oC.
- Combine half the butter and half the caster sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and creamy.
- Add one egg and beat smooth, then fold in 170g plain flour and ½ tsp baking powder.
- Press into the base of a lined 27cm x 18cm slice pan and bake for 20 minutes, until golden and firm to touch. Set aside to cool.
- Combine the remaining butter and caster sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and creamy.
- Add the remaining eggs and coconut extract, then beat smooth.
- Fold in the desiccated coconut and remaining flour.
- Arrange the apricot halves over the biscuit base, then crumble the coconut mixture on top in a loose fashion – do not press.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until light golden.
- Cool completely before slicing and serving.
For the lunch box
Seal in an airtight container and place in a chiller bag with an ice pack.
For busy mums and dads
This slice should be served in small portions for small people, and has less fat and sugar than most store-bought treats. That said, it's also a great mid-morning snack for parents too!
‘Fast' Ed Halmagyi is one of Australia's best-loved TV chefs and food authors. For the last seven years he has shared his unique take on achievable, time-conscious cookery with millions of viewers and readers through his television, newspaper, radio and publishing endeavours. Ed's motto is simple, "when you do less, the ingredients can do more!"
Ed is a busy chef – with appearances on television including ‘Fast Ed's Fast Food' on Better Homes and Gardens, as well as regular appearances on Sunrise and The Morning Show, Channel 7's popular daybreak programs. Ed's recipes can also be found in Cumberland newspapers, his own cook books Nove Cucina and Dinner in 10, and many magazine titles. Ed can also be heard on radio throughout Australia as the host of Better Homes and Gardens Radio, in Sydney as a regular guest on ABC local radio 702, and on the Gold Coast as the ABC's weekly chef presenting the ‘5 O'clock Panic'.
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A word about allergies.
This recipe contains egg. Some kids have food allergies and food related anaphylaxis. Common food allergens include peanuts and tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts), sesame, egg, cow's milk, shellfish, fish and soy. Food allergies can develop at any time.
It is important in managing allergies to avoid exposure to known allergens. Parents should check the ingredients before using a recipe and remind their kids not to share food from their lunchbox.
Sometimes a school may request that certain foods not be brought to school. Check with your principal if you are unsure.
For more information see the Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis – Information sheet for schools
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