Monday, August 25, 2008

Sellin' Slices

Hedgehog
Lemon Slice - my favourite!

Following the success of the charity cupcakes, but before the Lunch itself, Adri and I sold some slices to raise more money for the Lunch for Leukaemia. (Pics still to come!) We thought slices might sell a bit faster, as they could be sold for cheaper, requiring less commitment and thought from the consumer.

Lemon slice is part of the homely Australian repertoire, easy to whip up, and a regular feature at afternoon teas, school fetes and the like. Whilst different versions and recipes abound, the lemon slice of my fond memory is always unbaked and contains a base of crushed biscuits, lemon juice and rind, butter, condensed milk and coconut, which is refrigerated, and then topped with a lemon icing.

My lemon slice recipe came from a decades-old Women's Weekly book entitled The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits, but this one online is pretty much the same. Give it a go, lemon slice is fabulous!

I didn't have an appropriately sized lamington tin, so I used a baking sheet with a new expandable tin that I bought in Germany. It's ausziehbar in alle Richtungen!


At first, I was just going to make the lemon slice, but it was so quick and easy that I thought, "hey, why not make some chocolate hedgehog as well?" (I had been drooling over the recipe, found here at the Cadbury website, for days beforehand). The method is similar to lemon slice, although the ingredients differ. The biscuits aren't crushed as finely as for a lemon slice, and the base is made up of sugar, eggs, cocoa, nuts, melted butter and coconut.

The topping is made of a heart-stoppingly delicious mixture of dark chocolate and butter.


As with the lemon slice, it needs to be refrigerated until firm, and then sliced. As you can see from the photo below, I cut the hedgehog into the same sized squares as the lemon slice, but if I weren't selling these, I'd definitely cut the hedgehog into smaller fingers. It's incredibly rich, and tastes better eaten in tiny pieces. (This is purely for taste reasons, not portion control. In fact, I tend to eat more of something when it's cut into bite-sized pieces).

Packed and ready to go...

The sales of these ones went really well too - Adri sold them all for a gold coin donation each (well done!!!) and I think only ONE lemon slice got stolen! Yay!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good on you ! I was diagnosed with lymphoma this year so it means a lot to know you are putting your brilliant skills to this cause :)

thanh7580 said...

Good work Sarah. How much do you and Adri hope to raise all up? I'd definitely buy some of your lemon slices.

My work mate has been asking me to make hedgehogs. Maybe I will make some, it looks quite easy. Whats the difference between a hedgehog and a rocky road? Do rocky roads not have the wheat biscuit part and has marshmallows instead?

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Wow, those slices look delicious. All the more delicious because they're for a good cause. That's awesome that you sold so much :)

Sarah said...

Hi guys! Thank-you very much.

Anon - I hope you're doing well. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery!

Thanh - Rocky Roads have marshmallows and glace cherries, and I think nuts. No biscuits. (I normally don't like Rocky Road, but I love the Darrel Lea one, for some reason). Hedgehogs are mainly biscuit, and some nuts I think. Some recipes ask for glace cherries but I hate them so I never add them, hehe. I'm about to post about the lunch and have the total all calculated! :)

Laura - Thanks!

Angelica said...

Hello Sarah. I've been checking the cheese stars in your different blog posts and they have always been attractive!

If you don't mind, could you post the recipe or the title of a published recipe book of cheese stars?

Ta :)