Hello all! Today is the very first guest post on Peaches, Please and it is by none other than the lovely Emma of Adventures of a London Kiwi!
I’ve gushed at length about Emma in her blogger highlight, so I’m not going to go back into all of that again, but I’m so excited that Emma is the first guest post (first blogger highlight, first guest post – Emma’s basically getting to be my blog guinea pig…). I’m also super excited to give this recipe a try. Looks perfect for potlucks and all kinds of good sharing and I love that it’s Christmas recipe, New Zealand style! And now, without further ado, here’s Emma!
(Ps. Morgan, I really can’t believe how kind you were to write the blogger ‘highlight’ of me & my little blog, it really made my entire week. Thank you again!) [You're most welcome!]
In amongst our rather wide-ranging discussions of niches, politics, London, travel, blogging, Morgan’s cutie-pie pup, UK vs. US ingredient measurements and the very un-English idea of just how delicious pumpkin is, (yes, girls talk a lot), we decided at some point to guest blog for each other one of our favourite recipes of home. Now, my blog Adventures of a London Kiwi isn’t quite as full of delicious recipes as Morgan’s (honestly some of her recipes have my mouth watering like I can’t begin to fully articulate) and us Kiwis aka New Zealanders don’t really have a national dish as we are fairly English in many respects (except in Rugby with our All Blacks, a very different story) so I really got to thinking…
Certain dishes aren’t just ‘slop dosh and dollop’ but evoke memories that you can’t shake off. For some people it’s Christmas Brussels sprouts, scrumptious pumpkin pie and the ubiquitous English roast (Ps. Morgan you hit the nail on the head with your sweet chilli sprouts with salami recipe, it’s going on our table this year – I reckon it will convince even my husband to eat them). For me, Christmas is embodied by something we simply call Jaffa slice. Whenever I take a bite, I’m instantly transported to sunny Christmas days on the beach as a kid, surrounded by family and quickly unwrapped presents. It’s not a traditional Christmas flavour, orange and coconut as opposed to peppermint or heavy fruit, but can be eaten at any time of the year.
As an expat living 12,000 miles from home in London, it can be pretty tough finding ingredients that are similar enough to evoke home, but I’ve done some research and I’m reasonably confident in sweet Graham crackers as a replacement for the Kiwi Malt Biscuits (translation: cookies) for this to work (weirdly to buy the coconut alone took me 3 trips to different supermarkets here).
This recipe is super easy – and delicious. So easy that I worried about sharing it, but then the realisation hit that blogging about it gave me the perfect excuse to make the slice. (Oh, and for sake of clarity, us Kiwis call anything like a flapjack/refrigerator cake by the name of a slice.) Did I also mention it has a ‘smashing-things satisfaction rating of 9/10′?
- 100g Butter [approx 7 Tbsp]
- ½ Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 x 250g packet sweet Graham (or malted or wine) cookies pretty smashed
- 1 cup sweetened dessicated (finely shredded) Coconut
- ½ cup Chocolate Chips
- 1 Orange rind, grated
- 1 TBSP Butter
- 1&1/2 cup Icing Sugar
- 2 tsps. sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 TBSP Orange Juice
- Coconut for decorating
- Melt the butter.
- Stir in the condensed milk, crushed cookies, coconut, chocolate chips and orange rind.
- Press into a greased shallow tin & leave in a cool place to set for a couple of hours
- Make the icing by combining softening the butter, add the icing sugar then the condensed milk and orange juice to make a good consistency
- Spread the icing on the cake, top with a little coconut and pop back in the fridge to set for an hour or as long as you can resist.