On the weekend, we held a little concert for the children to perform some of the music they've learned this year in their piano and violin lessons with my Mum. All the cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents came along to listen. And then after all the hard work of playing, we ate some sweet things to celebrate. There was lemon and cherry cake, coconut rough and elderflower cordial. (My family has rather a sweet tooth.)
Arlo asked me to make one of his favourite sweet things: chocolate slice- and I was pleased to rediscover this old and easy recipe in my scrapbook. Thought I'd share it here, too, in case you feel like celebrating something.
Piano Concert Chocolate Slice.
Melt together in a heavy-based saucepan: 200 grams butter, 1/2 tin condensed milk, 3 Tb cocoa powder, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Then remove from the heat and add: 1 packet of plain store-bought biscuits, crushed with a rolling pin, 1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup sultanas or other chopped, dried fruit.
Mix everything together well and press into a shallow tray or oven dish that has been lined with greaseproof paper. Refrigerate until set and ice with chocolate icing, or keep uniced. After a few hours, you can lift out the slice and cut it into small triangles.