A bit of patriotic passion(fruit slice)

Everyone loves a long weekend, especially in summer. Parties, bbqs, picnics… Also ubiquitous with summer, at least in my mind, is summer fruit.

Growing up, I remember a meandering banana passionfruit vine on our side fence, near the cubby made of cement sheets, and spending weeks waiting for the little green bundles to turn yellow. When they were ripe, my brother, sisters and I would sit in the backyard peeling them with the aim of keeping the banana shape so we could eat them like – you guessed it – a banana. Also prolific in summer backyards are the lovely round purple passionfruit, which start off smooth and glossy before becoming wrinkly as they get really ripe.

I’m unsure if passionfruit are true summer fruit, as they seem to overlap seasons, but I think they are best when the sun is hot and the mood is lazy. That’s where long weekends come in.

Australia Day was on Saturday and we had a first birthday party on for one of bubaloo’s friends. I wanted to take something, but what?? Ages ago, my mum gave me a recipe for a super simple, super delicious passionfruit slice. She never made it but thought it sounded great (and she was right!).

As an aside, I always thought passionfruit were native to Australia, but they apparently originated from the Americas.

You can use fresh passionfruit, but my recipe uses it tinned – which means you can have the taste of summer days year round.

Easy passionfruit slice

You will need:
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup dessicated coconut
2/3 cup sugar (castor is best, but raw sugar also works fine)
125 grams butter, melted
1 x 170g tin passionfruit pulp
1 x 395g tin sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a rectangular tin (mine is 27cm x 17cm).

2. In a bowl, add flour, coconut and sugar. Stir to combine. Mix in the melted butter. It should look crumbly but moist.

3. Press into the base of the tin, then put into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven.

4. In a new bowl, mix together passionfruit and condensed milk. Pour over the base and smooth out. Place in oven for 15 minutes or until the top is set.

5. Allow to cool then remove from tin and slice.

That’s all! It’s so easy and always a hit. At the party, two of the grandmothers wanted the recipe and that, for me, truly signifies its deliciousness!

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