Date Coffee Lemon Slice

Here’s my next original recipe for my monthly column for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for The Rocks Markets, a luscious baking recipe : Date Coffee Lemon Slice. Enjoy!

Date Coffee Lemon Slice

1 ½ cups dates, chopped
1 cup (brewed or plunged) coffee
1 teaspoon finely sliced lemon rind (white pith removed)
125g (4oz) butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 egg
1 ½ cup plain flour
½ cup self raising flour
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon raw sugar

Grease a 23cm (9″) square cake pan.

Combine dates, coffee and rind in a saucepan. Slowly heat just under boiling, uncovered for about 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, until all liquid has been absorbed; cool.

Beat softened butter, castor sugar and eggs in a small bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Stir in sifted flours; press mixture together.

Roll 2/3 of dough between sheets of greaseproof paper until large enough to cover base of pan. Spread filling over base. Roll remaining dough between sheets of greaseproof paper until 3mm (1/8″) in thickness. Cut dough into 2cm (3/4″) wide strips. Arrange a lattice pattern over the filling.

Brush top of slice with milk, and sprinkle with the raw sugar.

Cook in a moderately hot oven 190C (375F) for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate oven 180C (350F) and cook for a further 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool in the pan before cutting.

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5 Responses to “Date Coffee Lemon Slice”

  1. Kate Bedwell says:
    June 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Coffee! Lemon! Dates! Slice!

  2. Daniela says:
    July 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

    This is a great, easy recipe. Just made it and it tastes delicious. Good blend of flavours and pleasant light pastry. Wonderful with coffee or tea.

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      July 6, 2011 at 4:36 am

      hi Daniela really pleased you enjoyed it (especially as it’s an original recipe) and also that you took the time to let me know – very much appreciated! thank you!

  3. Food Wine Sleep says:
    November 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Nice easy to follow recipe – which I have bookmarked. Hope mine looks as good as yours!! :)

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      November 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      thanks for that – it was pretty good fun making up my own recipe! the coffee flavour is quite strong but I think it works well with the date and the lemon – let me know how you go …

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