Fruit Slice

Ingredients – Pastry

4 oz. butter ¼ cup castor sugar
1½ cups self-raising flour 1½ tablespoons cornflour
1 1/3 cup ground rice 1 egg – beaten


Sift flour, ground rice, cornflour into a basin; place in a food processor together with butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Pour sugar and beaten egg into the funnel.  Knead lightly on floured board; roll out half the pastry, fit into a greased lined 11 in x 7 in lamington tin.


Ingredients – Fruit

 ½ lb. (500 grams) dates – chopped 1 oz. mixed peel
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon 2 oz. glace cherries
4 oz. sultanas 1 tablespoon arrowroot
4 oz. raisins 1 tablespoon rum/brandy or orange juice

Preparation of Filling

Place in saucepan chopped fruit and all ingredients except arrowroot and rum; place over low heat, stirring continually, until thick.  Blend arrowroot with rum or orange juice, stir into fruit mixture; return to heat, stirring, 3 minutes.  Remove, cool completely.

Cover the pastry with prepared filling.  Roll out remaining pastry; cover filling.

Glaze with little cold water, sprinkle with extra castor sugar.  Bake in hot oven 190° to 200°C (375° to 390°F) 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool; cut into slices.