choc-peppermint slice

  • ⅔ cup (100g) self-raising (self-rising) flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup (25g) cocoa, sifted 
  • ½ cup (40g) desiccated coconut 
  • ¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 140g unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 

peppermint filling

  •  3½ cups (480g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted 
  • 2½ tablespoons boiling water 
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint essence 

chocolate topping

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Place the flour, cocoa, coconut, sugar, butter and egg in a bowl and mix well to combine. 
  2. Press into the base of a lightly greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 12–15 minutes or until soft to the touch and cooked through. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. To make the peppermint filling, place the icing sugar, water and mint essence in a bowl and stir to combine. 
  4. Working quickly, spread over the cooled base and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  5. To make the chocolate topping, place the chocolate and oil in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted and smooth. 
  6. Pour the chocolate over the filling and swirl the tin to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
  7. Cut into squares and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Makes 20.
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donna hay team

Hi Sheree, the best way to avoid the chocolate cracking is to cut with a warm dry knife. We dip our knife in hot water and dry it with a tea towel. The dh team

donna hay team

Hi Paul, make sure the water is boiling when you add it, this will help the mix to set. Also, if you are using icing sugar mixture the peppermint icing will be thicker. The dh team

Sheree McLoon

I had a similar problem with the water to icing ratios. I’m curious as to a tip to when you should cut it up to prevent the chocolate too from breaking ? Thanks #lookingforhelp

Paul Cook

I’m in the process of making this. The water to icing sugar ratio seems way off. Had to add 2-3 times more to get a spreadable paste.

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