Having been firmly on the path of healthfulness and exercise for several weeks, I somehow managed to pull a muscle in my back. The week from hell commenced exactly seven days ago and is thankfully on the mend now, though still not back to 100%. For several days driving was out of the question… sitting upright a total agony… and even now, trying to get socks onto my feet creates the visual appeal of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. A number of close family and friends have suffered with debilitating back pain and surgery over the past twelve months… now I have a tiny inkling of what they’ve had to deal with.
Resorting to comfort food over this past week has seen a lovely fruit and nut slice, of my Mum’s, make an appearance. There’s often a tupperware container filled with this very moreish slice when we go to stay with my parents… ready to be picked up with whichever hand isn’t holding a cup of tea or coffee. There’s absolutely nothing like Mum’s food for a little pick-me-up when you’re not quite feeling yourself. The only thing I’ve adjusted is the amount of sugar… lessened by ⅓ Cup and is still beautifully sweet from the dried fruit within.
Mum's Fruit and Nut Slice | Gather and Graze
- 125g (½ Cup) Unsalted Butter
- 150g (⅔ Cup) Raw Caster Sugar
- 130g (1 Cup) Dried Fruit Medley* (or Chopped Dried Apricots)
- 1 Large Free-Range Egg
- 125g (1 Cup) Chopped Pecans (can be substituted for Walnuts)
- 150g (1 Cup) Self-Raising Flour (sifted)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line a 28 x 18 cm (11 x 7 inch) slice tin.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add this to the sugar and dried fruit in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Allow to cool slightly, before stirring in the egg and pecans, then finally the self-raising flour.
Press the mixture into the slice tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown on top.
Allow to cool completely, before cutting into squares and serving with a hot cup of tea.
* Fruit Medley is a combination of diced dried fruit, usually including apricot, apple, pear, peach and sultanas. If you cannot purchase this where you live, feel free to substitute simply with a cup of chopped dried apricots, or make up a combination of diced dried fruit from the list above yourself.