About this recipe:These bars are packed full of flavour and texture. A buttery biscuit base is topped with jam, coconut meringue and flaked almonds. Perfect for afternoon tea.
Makes: 12 bars
250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
165g any flavour fruit jam
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
4 tablespoons caster sugar
35g desiccated coconut
55g flaked almonds
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:25min › Ready in:45min
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, 100g sugar and salt. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks and butter. Work into the dry ingredients with your hands until well blended. Press dough into an unprepared 23cm square baking tin.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. When the biscuit base cools a little, spread with jam and set aside.
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they reach soft peaks. Gradually add the remaining 4 tablespoons sugar, then the almond extract. Continue to beat until the whites hold stiff peaks and sugar is incorporated. Fold in the coconut and spread the mixture over the jam layer. Sprinkle the almonds over the top and return to the oven.
Bake for 8 to 10 more minutes until the top is lightly browned. Cool slightly and cut into bars.