This ‘old school’ recipe may be sweet and sugary but is so easy to prepare and in small bites, offers an easier and more creative version to the meringue or pavlova.

Ingredients

Base
120g butter
Vanilla essence
¾ cup castor sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups SR flour

Topping
2 egg whites
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts, crushed slightly

Method

 

Set oven to 180 degrees C.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla.
Separate eggs. Add egg yolks to butter, sugar and vanilla mixture one at a time, beating well after each.
Beat in flour gradually until mixture becomes fine and crumb-like.
Place mixture into prepared rectangular cake tin.
Beat egg whites stiffly, fold in brown sugar and walnuts.
Spread over base.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
Cut into slices and leave to cool.

 

The story behind the recipe

It is so interesting to prepare and make a dish that was a favourite of your mother’s. My mum would make this trusty sweet walnut meringue slice whenever she was entertaining – be it the square-dancing group, old friends made from her children’s school days or the neighbours. The slice is real ‘melt in the mouth’ stuff – and while, yes, it does feature quite a lot of sugar, if you can control the portion size, can be a bit of a treat. You bite into it and immediately savour both crunchy and warm melting sensations. I recommend making a favourite of your mum’s because it will transport you back to your family kitchen and all the laughs and warmth of get togethers at your home.