When my oldest child (my son) was just a wee baby, I lived two doors away from Val, a lovely stay-at-home mum, who had two little boys of her own. Like me, Val loved to cook, and we spent many happy hours together cooking, taste-testing and discussing recipes - particularly the quick and simple, old fashioned Aussie kind.
Speaking of old-style receipts, I spotted this one on the Aussie Passionfruit Facebook fan page and thought it looked too delicious not to share. It uses store-bought Lattice biscuits, instead of puff pastry. I love the addition of passionfruit... one of my favourite tropical fruits.
OLD FASHIONED CREAMY LATTICE SLICE WITH PASSIONFRUIT
250g cream cheese*, softened
250g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup vanilla-infused caster sugar
pulp and juice of 3 large passionfruit
1 dessertspoon gelatine
1/2 cup of boiling water
up to 300g (about a packet and a half) Arnott's Lattice biscuits
For the icing:
1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
pulp and juice of 1-2 passionfruit
First, mix the gelatine with the boiling water and stir to combine. Set this mixture aside. Grease a lamington or slice tin, and line the base and sides with baking parchment (allowing some overhang).
Next, combine the cream cheese, butter and caster sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until creamy. Add the gelatine/water mixture and the passionfruit pulp and juice, and mix until combined.
Place a layer of biscuits, glazed side down, across the base of the prepared tin. Pour in the filling and top with another layer of biscuits, this time with the glazed side up. Gently press the biscuits down. Place the slice into the refrigerator to set.
Meanwhile, combine the sifted icing sugar with butter and the pulp and juice of one passionfruit in a mixing bowl. Mix until the mixture has reached a thick (but not too gluggy) consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more passionfruit juice and pulp.
Using a spatula, gently spread the icing over top of the slice. Refrigerate the slice for another hour or so, and allow it to set before serving. Serve sliced. Preparation time is around 15 minutes, plus setting time.
* Use a lower fat cream cheese if preferred.
Note: recipe and image appear courtesy of Australian Passionfruit. I have amended the recipe a little.
Your turn, dear readers. Do you love passionfruit as much as I do? And do you like simple, old fashioned slices like this one?
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.