Mrs Atkins fruit slice

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In The Cook's Companion I passed on the recipe for Mrs Atkins fruit slice. The slice is delicious and not so long ago, while I was out walking early in the morning along a country road, a passing motorist stopped me to tell me how much the residents at a local hostel loved this particular treat. Oh yes, Mrs Atkins' family reminds me that the timing is critical - a minute too long in the oven and the slice becomes crisp rather than chewy.

Mrs Atkins fruit slice
Photo: Marina Oliphant

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 225g mixed dried vine fruit
  • 150g self-raising flour

Method

Preheat oven to 190C and butter a 28cm x 18cm baking tray.

Melt butter in a saucepan large enough to hold all ingredients.

Add brown sugar, stirring over low heat until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.

Stir in egg, then add fruit and sift in flour. Stir well to mix.

Press into tray and bake for 20-22 minutes.

The slice should have developed a caramel crust and will still move slightly when you rest your hand in the centre. If it is positively liquid, cook another 3 minutes.

Cool a little and mark into 4cm squares with a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely in tray, then cut into squares and store in an airtight tin.

Makes about 20.

This recipe is featured in the book, Autumn, which is available now in all good bookstores RRP $34.95. To order direct call 1300 656 059 or visit www.smh.com.au/store.

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  • Cuisine - British
  • Course - Snacks

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  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    This slice is an absolute winner! I had a bag of mixed, dried fruit that I bought at Xmas with the intention of making a Xmas cake (which I didn't) so was pleased to find this recipe. I'm always a bit nervous when it comes to making a S.A. recipe as she is such a great cook but found the instructions perfect ... especially the end bit where you have to leave it for 3 minutes if it's not quite ready. It was delicious, was a lunch box favourite and something I will add to my collection. I'm thinking I'll also make it at Xmas and will add dried cranberries to the mix to add that festive touch.
    Thanks Mrs Atkins!

    Commenter
    Mrs Magoo
    Location
    East Coburg, VIC
    Date and time
    June 10, 2013, 3:45PM
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    How dare they. I make that all the time but it's Mrs Davis.

    Commenter
    pietro
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    Date and time
    August 05, 2013, 8:46AM
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mrs Atkins, who ever she was, created the most delicious chewy slice ever! When in doubt, make Mrs Atkins. You can also use chopped dates and walnuts for a delicious change. Love it Thanks!

    Commenter
    Susannap
    Location
    Country Vic
    Date and time
    August 09, 2013, 4:16PM
  • Yummo this was so quick , whipped it up while preparing dinner - it took longer to cool than prep and cook time. I used mixed dried fruit in same quantity but with cranberries, apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds n peppitas

    Commenter
    Luvdamumma
    Date and time
    August 28, 2013, 8:37PM

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