Weetabix is a sensible breakfast choice but doesn’t exactly scream tasty snack.
But one woman has a recipe to change all that, taking inspiration from her grandmother.
Libby Hakim explained how to make delicious chocolate and coconut Weetabix slices in just 30 minutes.
The home cook shared her ‘Aussie cooking with a side of nostalgia’ on Facebook where she took her grandma’s recipe and gave it a bit of a modern twist.
The 60-year-old recipe can be made using an air-fryer, which obviously not around when Libby’s grandma first made it.
Libby shared all the details on her blog, where she revealed a note from her younger self on the original recipe sheet, saying: ‘Mum I want to cook this’.
Decades later, Libby has perfected the item.
- Three Weetbix (or 55 grams of another similar wheat-based cereal)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup SR flour
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 teaspoon cocoa
- 125 grams butter
For the icing:
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 tablespoon butter (15 grams)
- 1-2 tablespoon boiling water
- Pre-heat oven
- Grease a slice tin (approximately 26 x 16 cm) and line with baking paper, leaving excess on the sides to lift out slice once cooked.
- Crush Weetbix into a bowl.
- Add remaining dry ingredients to bowl and stir to combine.
- Melt butter and add to dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Press mixture into slice tin with hands and even the top surface using the back of a spoon.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
- Start preparing the icing a few minutes before the slice is ready to be removed from the oven. This slice is iced while hot from the oven.
- Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the boiling water to the butter and allow butter to melt.
- Add melted butter mixture to icing sugar and mix well.
- Add a little extra boiling water if necessary so the icing is soft enough to spread. Spread the icing over the slice while still hot.
- Allow to cool completely before lifting from the tin using the baking paper and slicing into 24 pieces.
- Using an air fryer, use a circle of baking paper to line the basket so the paper reaches about one third to half way up the side of the basket.
- Make the slice base according to the instructions above and pour mixture into air fryer basket.
- Press down with your hands to make the base even and firm.
- Smooth out the base further using the back of a spoon.
- Cook in the air fryer at 155 degrees celsius for 20 minutes.
- Make up icing according to instructions above a few minutes before the base finishes cooking.
- Once base is cooked, remove basket and pour icing over base while still hot.
- Place basket on bench so that it can cool evenly.
- Allow to cool completely before lifting slice from basket, lifting gently around the sides until it comes out of the basket in one piece.
- Cut slice into pieces.
‘Weetbix Slice is one of those slices that’s great to pop into lunch boxes or enjoy as a sneaky snack,’ Libby wrote on her blog.
‘It’s also one that’ll quickly become a family favourite – if it’s not already.
‘I don’t remember a time when my mum didn’t make this slice.
‘When I think of it, I can see it perched inside a Tupperware container from the 70s. But it didn’t stay there for long. It always disappeared quickly.’
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