Mint Slice Recipes for Anne-Louise

My sister, Anne-Louise (A.L.), recently commented on my louise cake post about a ‘blue minty oaty‘ thing I had made when we were teenagers.  After some discussion about her recollections I made a few recipes for her to try so we could identify which one it was.  There were several variable to consider: cooked or uncooked, chocolate or not, coconut, weetbix, rolled oats, wholemeal flour etc  and would I have had access to those ingredients back when I was a teenager?  I ended up making three varieties – all of which were consumed with delight – although I dont think a winner was found.

A.L. and Minty oaty things – Sample 1

Sample 1

  • 1 packet crushed sweet biscuits
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 125 grams Butter
  • ½ tin Condensed milk
  • ¾ Cup Coconut
  1. Microwave butter and condensed milk until butter is melted then mix till smooth
  2. Crush biscuits in food processor then add rolled oats a pulse a couple of times
  3. Add coconut to processor and the pulse while adding the butter / milk mix.  Do not over mix
  4. Press into a slice tin or plastic slice n store type container and put in the fridge to firm up.
  5. Ice with a mix of icing sugar, peppermint essence, blue food colouring and water

This was our first go and although it was nice and looked the part I dont think we used a lot of condensed milk in our baking in those days.

Sample 2

This recipe is the one that my children  made from an early age due to the ingredients being readily available and the ease of the instructions.

  • 125 grams Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 90 grams Sugar
  • 3 Weetbix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Put all dry ingredients into a bowl (crush weetbix by hand as you add them)
  2. Melt butter and mix into rest of ingredients
  3. Press into a slice tin
  4. Cook for 15 minutes at 180°C
  5. Ice while warm with peppermint icing
  6. When cool, ice with chocolate icing.

Although we didnt quite stick to the brief for this one – we coloured the peppermint icing green instead of blue – there were no leftovers.

Sample 3

Anne-Louise didnt think the base of her memory slice had any cocoa in it so we  made sample 2 a second time and omitted the cocoa.

Minty oaty things – Sample 2 & 3

Well. That was the end of the first phase of experiments to recreate the AL Memory Slice. Although all the samples were good and gobbled up I got the feeling that we hadn’t managed to recreate a slice that matched the memory…. but we will keep trying next time she comes to Brisbane.

What it did confirm was that I have obviously liked the colour Blue for longer than I realised.

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2 thoughts on “Mint Slice Recipes for Anne-Louise

  1. Like blue? You always told us it wasn’t your favourite colour – even when you topped the wholemeal spaghetti filled pinwheel scones with blueish icing for an Intermediate School invention test – [we had to use the Reckitts bluebag to get the blue colouring in those days]. And then there was the “Willow Pattern” crockery … I rest may cas about “blue”!

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