Danni's parents came to town, and Danni's mum declared a preference for having some goodies baked by me, as it had been some time.
So I went for the newest standard, the coconut jam slice.
I really enjoy baking this. I've been happy with this since the first iteration, easily veganisable even with the original having all that egg; the simmering jam; all that coconut. And it always works, so long as you bake it for the right amount of time, but even that's pretty flexible. It's good! So it's a standard.
I wanted a failsafe, because Em suggested this lemon squares recipe, to which I made a couple of mods, and about which I was not sure.
It was gooey, sweet and tart, all at once. It was delicious! Would definitely make again. I had been concerned that it wouldn't work, but it did. Hooray!
modified from vegweb
1 cup plain flour
7 tablespoons of Nuttelex/margarine (I found 5 was not enough)
1/3 cup castor sugar
1 pack of vegan cream cheese (I used tofutti, which I think is 400g but I could be wrong)
1 tsp lemon zest
about three tablespoons of icing sugar
3 egg replacements
almost 1 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
half tsp baking powder
shake of salt
zest and juice of one large lemon (it was a really big lemon)
Combine the base ingredients, and mix together (perhaps with your hands!) until it's all bread crumble-y. Press into a pan of about 20cm square. I don't actually know the sizes of my pans and trays, I just tend to guess. Anyway, bake this base! I baked this for 13 minutes at 175C.
After 13 minutes, pull it out of the oven (keep the oven going, though!) and let the pan sit on your stove top whilst you beat together the first filling layer, and then the second filling layer. Don't beat them together! Mournfully look at all the dishes you have created. Then pour the first filling layer, and spread carefully out; follow this with the second filling layer, also spreading it carefully out. Doesn't it look delicious?
Now shove it all back in the oven and bake for another twenty minutes.
Leave to set in the pan before cutting.
Next time, I think I'd like to top it with some lemon zest shavings or something like that.