When the soul needs a lit­tle prop­ping up...

Life & Style Weekend - - EASY EATING - with Mag­gie Cooper Con­tact Mag­gie at mag­gies.col­[email protected]­pond.com

WHEN things aren’t go­ing right, I tend to reach for com­fort food.

So it was that last week when I was nurs­ing a sick pooch

(who has thank­fully re­cov­ered), I grabbed mum’s old cook­book with her hand­writ­ten recipes. The first thing I came upon was her recipe for cherry co­conut slice, a yummy treat that is easy to make and needs no bak­ing.

Now, mum used to use milk choco­late – which is what I’ve used to­day – but next time I need a lit­tle com­fort I’ll try dark choco­late; I found this to be quite sweet (al­though it didn’t seem so when I was a child). I al­ways use shredded dried co­conut rather than the des­ic­cated va­ri­ety; it has bet­ter tex­ture and flavour. This is an easy recipe for kids in the up­com­ing school hol­i­days; lit­tlies might need su­per­vi­sion when us­ing the stove.

As al­ways when melt­ing choco­late over a dou­ble boiler, care must be taken not to get any wa­ter in the choco­late as it will spoil the whole batch. You can also use a mi­crowave, check­ing and stir­ring the choco­late ev­ery 30 sec­onds.

Cherry co­conut slice

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: 1 tbs un­salted butter 500g cook­ing choco­late (milk or dark), bro­ken into pieces 120g plain malt milk bis­cuits, roughly chopped 120g marsh­mal­lows 100g glace cher­ries 30g dried shredded co­conut.

METHOD: Grease a 16x26cm pan with un­salted butter and line with bak­ing pa­per, leav­ing an over­hang on the long ends to aid re­moval of the slice.

Melt the choco­late in a dou­ble boiler over hot wa­ter, mak­ing sure no wa­ter touches the choco­late. Chop the marsh­mal­lows and glace cher­ries; us­ing greased kitchen scis­sors makes it eas­ier. Com­bine melted choco­late, bis­cuits, marsh­mal­lows and cher­ries; press into pre­pared tin. Cover and re­frig­er­ate for an hour or two. Re­move from tin and cut into small squares. Store in an air­tight con­tainer in the fridge. Makes 56.

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