Nov 21, 2015

The Chocolate Rough Slice Recipe. The Heat Yesterday. Getting Organized.

First things first.

Cindy F requested the CWA recipe for the chocolate rough slice I made the other day.  So while I'm waiting for today's photos to upload to my Google drive, I might as well share the recipe here.

Chocolate Rough Slice

From the CWA Biscuits and Slices book given to me by my good friend T.

Recipe by Mary Hanslow, Orielton Branch, Tasmania.


  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1 dessert spoon cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 110 g butter, melted
Chocolate rough topping:

  • 1/2 a 395g can of condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.  Line an 18cm x 28cm lamington tin with baking paper (personal note, I'm going to try making in a smaller tin next time as the lamington sized tray produces a very thin slice and my topping almost didn't make the whole top of the base).
  2. To make the base, sift flour, cocoa and salt into a basin.  Stir in sugar and coconut, then add melted butter and mix well.  Press into prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes.
  3. For the topping, simply combine all ingredients in a basin and mix well.
  4. Cool the cake base slightly.  Cover with the chocolate rough mixture while it's still warm and set aside.  Cut into slices when cold.
  5. Devour!

I think this photo just about sums up how I survived the 43C scorcher that was Friday.

While much of Sydney was at the beach or seeing how many minutes it took their icy poles or gelato to melt as they walked outside with them, I was following the air conditioning across the city.  From the car to work then back into the car to the gym and onwards to Woolies, it was an almost uninterrupted run of icy cold air.  Toddler SSG managed to stay just as comfortable at his air conditioned day care where concessions were made to the heat in the shape of the sand pit staying covered over for the day.

On our final air con stop for the day, Toddler SSG and I found this USB column fan for the princely sum of $5 at Woolies.

It's plugged in at my desk and punches well above its size in the cooling breeze stakes.  It oscillates 70 degrees and there are different fan settings from low to high.  One of the best occupants of my USB ports in recent times, I reckon.

There's only one way to make dinner when it's still around 30C outside and that would be to do it while staying out of the kitchen for as long as you can.  A Dr Oetker spinach pizza is a perfect option.  Especially when you get professional about it and reheat on a pizza pan.  

And here we are on Saturday where the temperature has hit a maximum of about half of what it was yesterday.  It's so exhausting keeping up with the weather right now, I earned that sticky bun breakfast I had this morning.

The cool change made it much more pleasant to things done.  I've managed to get through my errands in record time.  Starting with the all important trip to Officeworks for a work desk diary and replacement insert for the flicky calendar I have next to my desk phone.  I know there all those fancy designer stationery brands on the market these days but I'm a Collins girl.  That plain blue binding of the diary with its pages full of sensibly spaced lines and larger print days and dates and the often thought provoking daily quotes on the flicky calendar - they are all such a fundamental part of my working day I don't think I'd be able to function if I suddenly decided to change things next year.

This is one for the 'You'll Never Guess What I Found At Officeworks' files: colourful magnetic numbers and letters.  Ironically, I've not had much success tracking them down at Big W or Target but Officeworks seems to have really gotten into the educational resource side of things.  The magnet sets cost $9.95 each (numbers or letters) and there are also lots of posters, flash cards and craft supplies for the little ones in the same area.

I can also confirm that the much anticipated AWW Christmas issue is out.  I found it at the newsagents when I visited to pick up my Next order.  Two birds with one stone and all.

I reckon there's only one way to start reading it and that's with a champagne flavoured Lindor ball.  They have officially arrived at Woolies.  I think Target has them too this year.

That's it from me for today.  Looking like being the perfect kind of afternoon to be curled up with a book right now.

Have you gotten yourself next year's diary yet?  Going traditional or a bit tricksy?


  1. Thank you so much SSG - I'll be making this tomorrow!
    Cindy F

  2. Great post. I think I will attempt the slice tomorrow. Looks so good.


  3. My diary = my iPhone
    Have a good day x


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