A low saturated fat slice. Hubby had a bypass last year and I have been making baked goods that are good for the heart. This has a nice texture and a nice taste. I make 24 slices and freeze them. I use the basic recipe and vary the fruit. The date is my favourite, but the sultana one is also nice.
The night before combine the 1 cup of fruit (if using dates I leave them whole) with 1 cup of water. Place in the fridge till next morning.
Preheat the oven to 170C fan forced (180C non-fan forced.) Grease, flour and line a slice tin with Gladbake (very important- you don't want it sticking. (I use a 18cm x 28cm tray). Set aside.
Drain the fruit and set aside. In a large bowl combine the nuts or seeds, the self-raising flour and the baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
Combine the oil, vanilla and sugar together in a separate container and whisk together well. I use one of those stick mixers.
Mix the fruit into the dry ingredients, and then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together gently until combined. (Add perhaps a half tablespoon water if you think it's too dry.) When nicely combined (don't over stir) distribute into tray.
Place on middle shelf of the oven and bake 35-40 minutes until nicely browned on top and cooked through. Once done, take out of the oven, and cool in tin about 5-10 minutes. Turn out and leave to go cold. When cold cut into 24 squares.
Optional: ice or dust with icing sugar. We eat it plain.
I made this lice with dried apricots and cranberries. I noticed the ingredients had 200 Ml Water but it wasnt in the method, i just added it slowly when i was combining the wet and dry ingredients. i used about 150 ml of it and the end result was a very moist but perfect balanced slice! it tastes great and the combo of fruit i used was really great. very tasty. - 22 Jul 2012
Very nice. I used a tablespoon of chia gel and 1 tablespoon of macademia oil for the 2 tablespoons of oil. I also included pistachios and walnuts in the mixed nuts and used dates not sultanas. Will definitely make this again - 21 Oct 2011