Thursday 7 April 2011

The Kitchen Front - Picnic Slice

Today I thought I would share with you, a family recipe that I have recently re-discovered, Picnic Slice. It's a gooey, coconutty, chocolaty, rasiny, cherry tray bake, which due to some severe comfort eating lately I have become a little addicted to!

The name may well suggest a cakey treat that was a staple of many a family picnic, but I can honestly say that I never remember ever actually taking it on a picnic. This little treat was solely reserved for family gatherings and celebrations. It was Grandmas specialty, I am guessing the recipe is from the 50's or 60's as something this Technicolor sweet and calorie laden could never have survived rationing.

 So here it warned it's addictive and waistlines may suffer!

~ Grandmas Picnic Slice ~

The Butterfly Balcony Classic Recipes - Picnic Slice

Makes approx. 14 squares
Ingredients :
8oz Dark Chocolate 
2oz Butter or Sunflower Spread 
4oz Sugar 
1 Egg 
4oz Desiccated Coconut 
2oz chopped GlacĂ© Cherries 
2oz Sultanas or Raisins 
Greaseproof paper

1. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or on a low heat in the microwave for 30 second blasts, stir between each blast until fully melted. 

2. Pour the melted chocolate into the base of a Swiss roll tin, which has been lined with greaseproof paper. 

3. Cream the sugar and butter together. 

4. Add in the egg, mix well, then gradually add in the Coconut, Cherries and Sultanas.
Mix well. 
    5. Spread the coconut mixture evenly over the layer of melted chocolate.

    6. Pop into the oven on GM 2 or 150c for 45 mins or until golden brown.

    7. Leave to cool on the baking tray before covering with cling film and popping into the fridge until the chocolate has set.

    8. Once it is set you can chop it up into chunks as big or as small as you like!

    The Butterfly Balcony - Picnic Slice recipe

    I think it tastes best munched straight out of the fridge, but you can store it in a tin for up to two weeks!

    Wendy x


    1. I have to try this, it sounds divine! Will probably switch to milk chocolate though as i'm not really a fan of dark chocolate. My other half will certainly enjoy this one too, he's a coconut obsessive!

    2. I have not made this for years, I think it was printed on a chocblock wrapper, yum.

    3. This brought back memories; I used to make it in the sixties and have searched for my long lost recipe. Was delighted to find it on your blog.
      It was just as I remember it and it is vanishing quickly!
      Wendy R

    4. Think it should be 150 degree oven for gas mark 2 equivalent

    5. My mum used to bake this . . . Delicious

    6. Wow thank you so much, I've been remembering this forges and couldn't find the recipe, off to get cherries and coconut.

    7. Just made these I doubled the mixture on top so I can cut into fingers, very handy for a family event. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️