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.
- 1 packet crushed sweet biscuits
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 125 grams Butter
- ½ tin Condensed milk
- ¾ Cup Coconut
- Microwave butter and condensed milk until butter is melted then mix till smooth
- Crush biscuits in food processor then add rolled oats a pulse a couple of times
- Add coconut to processor and the pulse while adding the butter / milk mix. Do not over mix
- Press into a slice tin or plastic slice n store type container and put in the fridge to firm up.
- 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.
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
- Put all dry ingredients into a bowl (crush weetbix by hand as you add them)
- Melt butter and mix into rest of ingredients
- Press into a slice tin
- Cook for 15 minutes at 180°C
- Ice while warm with peppermint icing
- 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.
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.
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.