Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Doing our bit for the QLD Flood Relief Appeal

As most of you know, Queensland, Australia is a flooded disaster zone.  It is also my home state.  So to do my bit while I am in Vancouver, I have decided to hold a bake sale with all proceeds going to the cause.  With the help of my good friends and Vancouverites we are bake bake baking our butts off this week for the big sale on Saturday!  Here is a sample of what will be on sale!

Gooey Chocolate, Coffee and Hazelnut Slice
  • 125g of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup of good quality chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 20g of butter, melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1/4 cup of Nutella
What to do
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.  Grease and line a 20cm square tin.

Combine the butter, brown sugar, egg and instant coffee in a medium sized bowl.  Stir in the sifted flours and cocoa.  Stir in the hazelnuts and chocolate chips.

Spread the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 25 minutes.

Turn the oven off and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the oven with the door open before cooling further on the bench.

For the icing:  Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl.  Stir through the coffee.  Add the butter and enough hot water to make the icing spreadable.  Stir through the Nutella.

Ice while the slice is still warm.  Sprinkle with almonds and cut into squares and allow to cool complete.

This slice is also delicious when it is served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream!

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