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Xmas goodies are gone....

macette's picture

Xmas goodies are gone....

when you shortbread and mince pies are finished....made some of these, coconut slice...yummm

Portus's picture

... apricot jam :-)  Still use my grandmother's recipe that pre-dates WW2.

macette's picture

I remembered these from childhood and had to search the net...this recipe is very basic but with any red jam....they are lovely.

Portus's picture

... hope it works for you; enjoy!

Apricot Jam Coconut Squares

Makes 15
Total time: 60 mins



  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 150g cake flour
  • 400g smooth apricot (or other favorite) jam


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 80g castor sugar
  • 160g (2 cups) desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a rectangular or square dish (16cm * 26cm) with non-stick baking paper to hang over sides.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar until light and fluffy, mix in the egg and combine well.
  3. Sift the flour into the butter mixture and mix well.
  4. Spoon into the prepared dish and evenly press down into the base.
  5. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 – 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the base from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Spread base with jam.
  8. Combine the topping ingredients together and spread over base and jam, continue to bake until the coconut is golden, for a further 30 – 40 minutes.
  9. Completely cool before cutting.
Portus's picture

introduced over time; this one I got from my sister who said she got it from my mothers cookery book, which was transcribed from my gran's et cetera.... En passant, my mother had "friend" who would generally alter or leave out one or more ingredient from her recipes, claiming they were family secrets. One of her tricks was to substitute Orley wip for fresh cream, so the skulduggery did not always last too long.  Cést la vie!

macette's picture

thats the same one extra ingredient 1 tsp vanilla....a great recipe.

mutantspace's picture

Must try these thanks 

Bread1965's picture

Did you use raspberry jam?

macette's picture

I used Blackcurrant jam with blackcurrant bits through the jam, but you can just use your favourite jam. But they are so lovely, I have a soft spot for coconut. Here is the link  The method is dead easy, whizz up in processor and just pressing the dough into the pan, no rolling. You get quite a few in a batch depending on how big you cut I just tried out that link, didnt take me straight to the page, but took me to to browse so put in coconut slice and got it, so copied the link there which did take me straight to the right page try this link