And they turned out sweet, but excellent. Seriously, so sweet I needed water or black tea to drink with it to offset the sweetness, but if sweetness is your thing please feel free to go with it.
I used a combination of strawberry, raspberry and mixed berry jams, because that was what I had in the house (there is a surprisingly large amount of jam in my fridge), but I suspect just about any jam would work. I have a pear and blackberry from Babka's that I particularly want to try in it.
I've tried a couple of other recipes from Vegan Junk Food; book review coming soon!
berry and chocolate slice
modified from the white chocolate and raspberry bars in vegan junk food
you will need:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup margarine and/or copha
2 tablespoons plain oil (canola or similar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
shake of salt salt
2 and a half cups of flour (I used a mix of plain and baking)
1 teaspoon baking powder
half cup applesauce
1 cup of raspberry jam
Preheat the oven to 175C!
With a fork, beat the sugar, vanilla, oil and margarine (melt the copha if you're using it and be prepared to wait one million years). Add in the flour and mix until crumbly. You may want to use your hands for this. When it's all crumbs, set aside a heaped cup of this mixture.
Melt the chocolate, and add this and the apple sauce to the bigger portion of the crumb mixture. Mix it all together and then press into a lined square tin.* Bake this for 12 minutes, then remove from the oven, spread the jam over it, and sprinkle with the remaining crumb mix. If you had any more chocolate lying around the house you could put some on top, but I ran out.
Bake for 25 minutes, and allow to cool completely before cutting. It'll still fall apart a little anyway, but it's better this way.
Variants: desiccated coconut on top of the crumbly topping.
*I used a circle tin but only because while I was in China my square tin went missing !!!