This recipe is from Jo Seagar originally but I have adjusted it a little bit. Jo is a butteraholic and while it makes all of her recipes fantastically rich and rewarding I’m trying to cut down, so a little alteration has been necessary. Enroute to the North Island in the summer we went to Seagars at Oxford and had afternoon tea with our lovely friend Judith. It was spectacular, really, go there, and have Hot Chocolate and yummy things of many kinds. In the meantime you can make this slice though. It only uses one mixing bowl which is a great bonus. The original is on the website above and I got it from my copy of Jo Seagar Cooks – one of the most used books in my kitchen.
Heat oven to 150 degrees, line a rectangular tin with baking paper.
To make the Base: 2 eggs, 1 cup brown sugar, 120g butter, 1/2 cup of milk, 3 tblsp of very strong coffee, 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces, 1.5 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder.
Beat the eggs in a large bowl, add everything else and mix well to combine thoroughly. Spread into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes. When it is cool put on the icing below.
The Coffee Icing (possibly the best bit)
2 cups of icing sugar, 2 tblsp very very strong coffee, small knob of butter, boiling water. Make icing in the usual way. The stronger the coffee taste the better if you ask me.