For a fast and easy no-bake slice (‘bars’ for my American friends), this apricot and coconut version is truly wonderful. Featuring sweetened condensed milk, this style of slice takes me immediately back to my childhood… and strangely enough also to Florida in the USA, where another Australian (who has become a dear friend), re-introduced it into my life… I’ve been making it regularly ever since! It’s citrusy cousin, which also gets made on a regular basis in my home, was featured here over a year ago.
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No Bake Apricot Coconut Slice | Gather and Graze
- 250g (9oz) Packet Marie Biscuits (or any plain, sweet biscuit)
- 85g (1 Cup) Desiccated Coconut
- 150g (1 Cup) Chopped Dried Apricots
- 395g (14oz) Tin Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 100g (⅓ Cup + 1 Tbspn) Unsalted Butter
- 200g (7oz) Good Quality Milk Chocolate (or Dark if you prefer)
- 2 Teaspoons Sunflower/Vegetable Oil
Line a slice tin (mine is about 28cm x 18cm) with Cling Wrap/Plastic Wrap.
Crush the biscuits in a food processor, then mix them together in a mixing bowl with the coconut and chopped apricots.
In a small saucepan, gently heat the condensed milk with the butter. Stir now and then and as soon as the butter has completely melted, remove from the heat. Tip this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until well combined and the dry ingredients are completely coated.
Spoon mixture into the prepared slice tin and press with the back of a dessert spoon, to flatten the mixture and make an even layer.
Break up the chocolate into small chunks and place in a microwave-safe bowl, heat in short bursts until the chocolate has melted. Add the oil and stir well to fully combine. Pour the chocolate over the top of the slice and spread until you have an even layer.
Refrigerate the slice for at least an hour (for the chocolate to set), then remove the Cling Wrap and cut into squares. I find that cutting with a hot knife (heated under hot water, then dried off with a clean tea towel) is a good way of making sure that the edges don’t end up too tatty looking.
Serve for afternoon tea, with a good cup of tea of coffee.
Hi everyone, I’ve found this blog last week and I made these slices on saturday…mmmmmm….a delicious calorie bomb!!! This is similar to Bounty, very easy and quick to make. Kisses from Italy!
Grazie mille! So pleased that you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂
Baking is my passion and this looks so yummy and easy to make.
Thanks very much Mary! 🙂
Very nice and easy, with a delicious combination of flavors and endless possibilities to make variations.
P.S. If you temper the chocolate, you could get the top as smooth as a bar of chocolate.
Thanks Stefan… and yes, you’re right about there being endless possibilities for varying the flavour combinations! 🙂 I’ve yet to attempt tempering chocolate, despite having read and seen numerous cooks/chefs doing it… something to challenge myself with in the not too distant future! Cheers, Margot
Love that these are so easy to prepare. And I wouldn’t have thought of using apricots with coconut. There seems to be a second glut of apricots right now. Shall have to buy something other than blueberries! 🙂
And your presentation is perfect!
Cheers Johnny! Dried apricots and coconut (particularly in slices) seem to be a fairly common combination here. There are a few different variations that Mum used to make when I was young. Ooooh and Apricot Balls, that are almost the same recipe as for the base above, though without the crushed biscuits, but then rolled in coconut – mostly seen around Christmas time, packaged up with Rum Balls as well!
Eeek, I’ll take the blame for you over-indulging in blueberries recently… and Poli with lamb too! Sorry! :o/
These are so beautiful! And sound easy enough! i’m not much of a baker…
Thank you so much Mimi! They really are super easy to make… 🙂
Ooh yum!!! A no bake treat is always handy to have up your sleeve (or in your tummy!)
😀 Yes, preferably in the tummy!
I have no doubt how tasty these slices are. 😛 One thing is to bake something that is easier… the other, more important, is to make it look this BEAUTIFUL!!!
That’s so very kind of you Fae… thank you for your always encouraging and generous comments! 🙂
I’m going to make these today Margot! I’m always so inspired by your sweets, and yet I don’t have a sweet tooth at all. Can’t wait to see the dinner party posts! 🙂
Very humbling to read your kind words Seana! Thank you and I hope that you and your family enjoy this slice as much as we do. M.xx
This looks a good store cupboard recipe, which is always a good thing. On my list to try/
Absolutely… I seem to stash these kinds of ingredients to have on standby for a rainy day. It’s hard to stop at just one piece though!
These bars look wonderful, Margot and the combination sounds sublime. Have a wonderful week! 🙂
Not quite as refined as your lovely walnut biscuits dear Linda, but they’re delicious all the same and great paired with an afternoon cup of tea. Hope you have a fabulous week too!
Well I love the lemony version of this, i remember making it with my Mum eons ago, so I think I’ll have to try this apricot version. Thanks Margot, great idea! PS looking forward to the next round of TDPC
Thanks Sandra, I’m particularly fond of the lemon version too – something to do with that balance of sweet and sour, I think. Though who can go past a slice covered in chocolate?!
TDPC is all starting to come together once again, with a beautiful combination of recipes to share – can’t wait to release it!
Super easy and also super awesome!
It is indeed… thank you! 🙂