So off to the store I go, bought all the ingredients I needed, and set off to make this slice.
This was ridiculously easy to make. Now I have to mention the original recipe said to cut the butter in by hand, but as I much prefer a simpler method I threw the ingredients into a food processor. If you do it by hand you do get a coarser crumb finish, but I just don't like to use my fingers to blend in butter, so I always use a food processor over the hand blending method. I will post both methods and you can choose either method.
This looked pretty, baked perfectly, sliced perfectly and best of all had a lovely flavour. If you are looking at trying something simple that looks and tastes great, give this a go. I know I'll be making this over and over again.
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups plain flour
227g cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup caster sugar, extra
4 teaspoons cornflour
Icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 190C.
Grease and line with baking paper a 22cm x 33cm baking tin.
Method 1: Food processor method
Place the sugar, baking powder, salt, flour and butter into the bowl of a food processor. Blitz until just combined. Add the egg and blitz until just combined. Use a spoon and give it a quick mix, to make sure all is mixed evenly.
Method 2: Hand blending
In a medium bowl place the sugar, baking powder, salt and flour, give it a light whisk. Add the butter. Now using your finger tips, two knives or a pastry blender, rub or cut in the butter into the flour mixture until the pieces of butter are no larger than a pea. Stir in the egg to form a crumbly dough.
Place half of the dough mixture into the base of your prepared pan. Spread it out evenly, pressing it down as you go.
In a medium bowl, place the strawberries, the extra sugar and the cornflour. Give it a good stir to combine all of the ingredients. Spread the strawberry mixture on top of the dough evenly.
Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the strawberry layer.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Allow to cool in the pan before slicing.
Dust with icing sugar, to serve.
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