Another school year underway, and so begins another round of fund raising opportunities with food.
Our first event for the year was our Welcome Night Movie on the Green. Families come early for kids to eat and play until dark, and then everyone settled on the grass in front of a giant screen to watch Ice Age 4. Even if you’ve seen the movie, it’s a wonderful way to start the school social calendar!
The key is to start the event early- so that at some point in the proceedings pretty much everyone there decides they need something to eat!
One of my contributions to the night was this lovely slice. It has vague pretensions to health, with dates and wholemeal flour, and isn’t too sweet. The texture is soft and slightly chewy, but not too heavy.
- 250g dried dates, chopped
- 3/4 t bicarb soda
- 190g butter
- 1 1/2 c wholemeal flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 t vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 75 ml milk
Preheat oven to 180C. Line 20 x 30 cm baking pan with baking paper.
Place dates and 225ml water in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes or until water almost completely absorbed. Add baking soda and mix well. Set aside to cool.
Process butter, flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs and milk in a food processor until well mixed. Add the dates and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared tray. Cook for 20 minutes or until skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool.
- 50ml milk
- 45 g butter
- 3 T dark brown sugar
- 125g icing sugar
- toasted coconut to decorate
Heat milk, butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add sifted icing sugar, stirring as you add it to avoid lumps. Stir until very smooth and paler in colour. Spread over cooled slice and top with coconut.