White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice

The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice, is too good to resist.

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With the combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, these little morsels of deliciousness are too good to refuse.

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It’s the end of term. The summer holidays loom large. I don’t know about the rest of parents out there, but I’m reaching my tipping point. I’m maxed. Between sports days, special assemblies, summer fetes, non-uniform days, beach days (oh yes); with four kids all in separate classes, I’ve stopped knowing whether I’m coming or going. My wine consumption has hit a new high. I guess it has the advantage of making me look forward to the holidays. I can’t bloody wait.

Another aspect of this is teachers gifts. I’m not the biggest fan of the concept as I think it’s putting added pressure on parents. But then on the other hand I’m so grateful there’s folk out there willing to put up with my cherubs so I don’t have to, they probably deserve something. With 4 teachers and 3 TAs, that’s a fair few gifts. So I decided to bake. It seemed like a good idea, definitely cheaper. But as I was trying to wrap up 14 bags of traybake squares, I wasn’t so convinced. However, it’s done, and I’m drinking red wine.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

This recipe is one of the traybakes I made for the teachers (the other was my Triple Chocolate Fudgy Brownies). It’s a couple of recipes rolled into one, sprinkled with a bit of my own design. It’s good. The Husband is a huge fan – and this contains condensed milk which usually puts him off. But the combination of white chocolate, lemon curd, and desiccated coconut is a winner, I promise. The only thing you’re actually making here is a basic cookie recipe – the rest is just throwing stuff in. It’s simple, and bloody lovely.

Ingredients

220g unsalted butter, softened
120g granulated sugar
140g brown sugar
2 medium eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
380g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 (half) tsp salt
150-200g white chocolate, chopped into chunks
60g desiccated coconut
80-100g lemon curd
3/4 (three quarters) tin condensed milk

1. Preheat your oven to 170°C (fan). Grease and line a 12×9″ tin, or something similar in size. I use groundnut oil to grease as it has no taste, but butter is good too. Just use some greaseproof paper and don’t bother cutting it to size or anything, just shove it in and make it fit.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

2. In a mixer, or using a hand mixer, cream the butter with both sugars until it has slightly lightened in colour (you don’t have to spend ages at this as you’re making a cookie dough, not a cake). Beat in the eggs and then the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, and stir gently until fully combined. Press about 3/4 (three quarters) of the dough into your prepared tin. Put the remainder of the dough in the fridge until you need it.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

3. Pop the tin into your preheated oven for 10 minutes. Whilst you wait for that, chop up your white chocolate.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

4. Remove the cookie base from the oven. It should have started to turn a light golden brown.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

5. Sprinkle over the coconut, evenly covering the cookie base.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

6. Top this with the white chocolate. I used 200g of white chocolate. I’m not scared of it. The more, the merrier. Bring it on. But if you’re not sure (or just have 150g of white chocolate), you could use slightly less *cough* *wimp*.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

7. Add small dollops of lemon curd, evenly spreading them across the base. Use as much as you feel it needs. The tartness of the lemon curd contrasts the sweetness of, basically everything else in this recipe, so don’t be shy of using the full 100g.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

8. Pour over the condensed milk. Now I hate waste, and not using the full tin of condensed milk went against my nature. But this recipe doesn’t need the full tin. So I poured over the required amount. And ate the rest. Winner.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

9. Top all of this lovely goodness with pieces of the remaining cookie dough.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

10. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until nicely golden all over.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

11. Remove and leave to cool completely before trying to slice.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

Depending on the size of your squares, you should get about 20 from this recipe. I tend to trim the edges to make for neater squares. I then eat the trimmings. But they don’t have calories so that’s ok.

White Chocolate, Lemon & Coconut Chewy Cookie Slice - The delicious combination of white chocolate, lemon and coconut, merged together in a chewy cookie slice. | thehecticcook.com

This traybake lasts for a good few days in an airtight container, and the flavours actually seem to intensify over a day or two. There’s something about white chocolate and lemon that goes so well. Give this a go and let me know what you think.

Happy cooking!

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Quick Coconut Chicken Curry

I used to have a bit of a love affair with the food magazine Delicious. For about 2 years I subscribed, and saved pretty much every magazine. I then started to realise that I was seeing a lot of the same recipes in slightly different guises, so I unsubscribed. However I gained (as well as a mountain of magazines) a fair few really good recipes over this time, many of which have become favourites, and which get trotted out over and over again.

I should probably tell you now that I am a complete recipe whore – I’m not particularly loyal to most recipes, I try them, then never look at them again. So when a recipe sticks, and is made and remade, I know it’s a good one.

This is one such recipe that has been made a fair bit, and remains a firm favourite. Its title is not misleading, it’s fairly quick and extremely easy. Because it is made with korma curry paste, it’s also very mild which means I can feed it to the kids. And, to varying degrees, they eat it.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

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1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
140g korma curry paste
50g ground almonds
400ml tin coconut milk
200ml chicken stock
4 chicken breasts, in chunks
1 tsp garam masala
seasoning to taste

1. Warm the oil over a low heat, then add the onion and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes. Keep a close eye though, as the onion can start to brown really quick if your cooker is slightly too hot.

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Because of my kids (now well renowned) hatred for onion, I’ve started to either grate or blitz it prior to cooking. It then doesn’t need as much cooking and can burn quite quickly, so you really need to keep an eye on it. But the end result is a dish with the taste of onion but none of the texture. Result.

2. Stir in the almonds and curry paste, give a good stir and let cook for a couple of minutes.

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I tend to keep ground almonds in my cupboard as it comes in handy. But even if you just bought it for this dish, it would last long enough sealed and stored, to be used and reused solely for this dish (if you find you like it!).

3. Add in the coconut milk and stock, and leave to cook, uncovered for about 15 minutes. Add in the chicken pieces and cook until the chicken is cooked through (at least 5 minutes, but just let it go until you’re ready to serve; it won’t hurt it as it’s quite a ‘saucy’ dish).

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4. Once the sauce has thickened a bit (it probably won’t thicken massively, so don’t worry) take the pan off the heat and stir in the garam masala. Season to taste, and serve.

I added in some frozen peas right before serving, to add some colour and because the kids like them. I then served this with rice and mini naan breads – at least I could be assured the kids would eat the naan breads!

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If you’re not a massive curry fan, this is probably a good dish to try as it’s very mild and creamy, but it still has a lot of flavour. If you like spice, you could always add in some chilli flakes with the almonds and curry paste.

Happy cooking!