U3A Rockhampton Cooking Group
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Easy Chocolate Cake - Quick Scones


Our cooking class got off to a great start with Christa Tollner doing a recipe called, “Cucumber and Fish for two” with Rice, followed by a “Silverbeet Omelet”. The class is set up so that everyone can see what is being done around a huge counter and we all get busy helping while the cook shows us what to do. The second class was done by Rudi & Sally Schukking with Rudi doing his specialty of “Chicken Satays with Peanut Sauce” and “Nasi Goreng”. Over in the other corner Sally taught all the men in the class how to bake “Coconut Slice with Lemon Icing”. One of the ladies said this went over so well her husband bakes them all the time now for his grandkids. For dessert they had a huge watermelon scooped out and the men carved it on the outside so we could put the fruit back in that had been marinated overnight in Ginger Wine!

The third class we all went Mexican with” Beef Tacos and Cheese Enchiladas” and our Dutchman did a fine job of cooking Mexican Drumsticks, a first for him! We complimented that with a Cabbage & Coriander Salad, topped with Lime Dressing.

The meal was then finished off with a Mexican Wedding Cake. Christa and Chris did our last class with a “Semolina Dumpling Soup” and a dish Chris makes at home called” Ooooo La La!”
The base for this was mince and a lot of chopping went on with all the healthy vegetables he added! To celebrate Bill Benson’s 80th Birthday, Sally made an Angel Food Cake and decorated it with a Coconut Icing. We only made him blow out 8 candles! We were also supposed to have a demonstration by Margaret Bangay on how to make “Sticky Date Pudding” but unfortunately the oven wasn’t working properly and we had to cancel that for another time.

After each class we all sit down at the tables and eat and converse and end with coffee or tea and dessert if that is on the menu. We seem to be averaging about 15 members each time so I guess we could call it a success! Recipe for “Coconut Slice” follows by request so that maybe other men might like to bake. This is quick and easy!

Coconut Slice
1 cup self-raising flour
2 eggs
1 cup desiccated coconut
½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup milk
¾ cup sugar (castor)
Pinch of salt

Set oven at 180 (moderate) before preparing slice. Place flour, coconut and salt in medium bowl. Melt butter in microwave and stir in sugar. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Beat the eggs lightly with the milk and add to the mixture, stirring well, with wooden spoon. (Not necessary to use mixer) Prepare a lamington tray with baking paper and spread onto tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, making sure they are not too done. Frost with lemon icing if you wish while warm.

Lemon Icing
½ to ¾ cup Icing Sugar
2 Tbs. butter or margarine
2 drops lemon flavouring or vanilla

Mash butter and sugar together until smooth. Add flavouring. Frost while warm as it seeps in much better. These slices can be eaten right away!

Sally & Rudi