Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Raspberry Jam and Coconut Slice and the Happy Hooker

Raspberry Jam and Coconut Slice
So for anyone interested in looking at Mr Beach House's version of the Happy Hooker, here I am.  It's a little bit mutton dressed as mink and man does my regrowth need a retouch, but I went to a girls vintage fashion party last Friday night which was a lot of fun and I was told by another women at the party, I looked glamourous.   Maybe she was just being nice, but it's funny how men and women see things differently isn't it?

I can now get back into this red velvet number too, which I wore pre kids. That kind of thing makes me very 

And for those against the wearing of fur, I have to say I am with you, but this baby was made back in the 1940's for my grandmother, so what's the point leaving it in a suitcase to rot. What's done is done.  It is a beautiful piece which kept me very warm and check out the quality of the workmanship from a time where pride in one's output was of the essence.  I must say, it took a bit of confidence to wear this into a restaurant the other night too on Mr Beach Houses's arm.  But what the hell, I did it and it felt good.  And he did pull me closer as we were leaving the restaurant, which rarely happens so at least he took notice, which felt good.

In other news I've been baking alot.  Lets call it Winter shall we?  The weekend was rainy and cold so I made some stuff for us all to eat as we devoured the box set of Band of Brothers.  I love military history and those servicemen where just incredible people in incredible times.  I kind of have a philosophy where I let my boy be exposed to the horrors of war, so he will never join up. So far he says he will never be a volunteer and I hope that is the case. 

I am sure that is offensive to some people, but I fail to see why a beautiful boy who has been raised up through thick and thin should have his life snuffed out on a political whim.  I think those in power who create wars, should have to go first.  A sure way to end war I think.

Anyway, even though I am a political animal, this is not the place I usually discuss that.

Raspberry Jam and Coconut Slice

For the Base
125g or 4.5 oz butter at room temperature
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.5 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk

For the filing
1 cup raspberry jam (any red jam is fine actually)

For the topping
100g or 3.5oz butter at room temperature (I microwave mine for 10 seconds to soften if needed)
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2.5 cups desiccated coconut
1.2 cup of plain flour

Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F

To make the base  

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla extract and stir to combine.  Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and stir in with the milk.

Flour your hands and press into a greased and lined tin 20x30cm or 9x12 inch tin. You can do this with a knife as well.

Spread the base evenly with jam using a knife.

To make the topping

Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until combined.  Stir in the coconut and 1 tablespoon of sifted flour, then stir in the remaining flour.  Spread the topping evenly over the raspberry jam.  Don't worry if the jam moves towards the edges, just allow it to pop through the coconut mixture as it will.

Bake the slice for 35 minutes or until golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes.  Then cut into squares to serve.

The Beach House Brats loved this one.  It's a goody for school lunches too, because there are no nuts.

If you want more recipes,  I've got lots of easy and delicious baking and dessert ideas here


  1. This slice sounds yum!
    Good on you for wearing the fur (as you say, what's done is done and it IS very glamorous).
    I support all our servicemen and women but I think leaders would think twice if they had to "go first" or if they had to send their own sons and daughters to war.

  2. Une très jolie publication gourmande...
    Je comprends que de porter de la véritable fourrure soulève un certain effroi. J'ai un manteau de vison que je n'ose plus porter. A l'époque l'inconscience était là !...
    Gros bisous à vous

  3. I love this slice- it is one of my all time favourites! You look fabulous BTW!

  4. Hi Carolyn I think you look great and the stole was beautiful how lucky you are to have something so beautiful of your Nana's to treasure.I agree with you totally about your views regarding war and our children going there on a polictcal whim.I believe we should fix our country before we go to others where they have been doing this for decades without our "help".we need to cherish our children and I will be doing the same with our little boy-love dee ps the slice looks yum as well.

  5. mmmm.......looks great. And yay for fitting into old clothes! that is reason to celebrate. So agree with your statement on the fur., Throwing what's done before away only furthers waste.

  6. You look divine, I was only cursing myself the other day as I had fur stole similar to yours but gave it away donkey years ago. As for your slice, clever lady, will give it a go, unfortunately baking isn't one of my strengths. xxx

  7. You do look very glam and that slice looks way too moorish.

  8. One of my all time faves Caro and glamorous doesn't even come close!

    Anne xx

  9. I think you look very glamorous and it's always a thrill to be able to slip in to ANYTHING we wore pre-children. I agree with your thoughts on war. Send the pollies in first. Unfortunately, my little guy is obsessed with Bear Grylls and has been reading his auto-biography where he loudly states he was in the SAS. So guess what my little guy wants to do! I have a few years to knock that out of him xx

  10. Happy hooker, my butt! You look very classy and glamorous :)
    Thanks for the recipe too, you've just given me something to do with the kids while it buckets down outside today!
    Cas x

  11. Oh how fun and I love your outfit. You do look so cute, and what a fun party idea. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


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