Squares and Slices

A very speedy kind of baking made in shallow rectangular tins and then cut up before serving. They can be anything from a crisp and crunchy biscuit to a luscious, caramel-filled chocolate shortcake. Use them to adorn a tea table or to fill the tins for a week of enjoyable snacking.

  • Crunchy Apple Slice

    Crunchy Apple Slice

    I wanted a recipe for an apple slice with a crisp base and couldn't find what I was after in any of my books. Most of the recipes were for apple shortcakes which are generally... More »

  • Salty Caramel Coconut Slice

    Salty Caramel Coconut Slice

    Sweetened condensed milk cooked with butter sugar and golden syrup makes a delicious caramel filling for a slice, but this one is a leaner version than many. It has a thin layer of caramel on... More »

  • Caramel Nougat Slice

    Caramel Nougat Slice

    These have no relation to the white nougat you can buy, although they are almost as delicious and a great deal easier to make. Nougat Slices and Nougatine Bars appear in many early cookery books... More »

  • Skite Cake

    Skite Cake

    When I was at school a 'skite' was a show-off and it was deeply embarrassing to be accused of skiting. And yet despite its name, Skite Cake, which I found in a 1950s recipe book... More »

  • Spicy Date Jumbles

    Spicy Date Jumbles

    Many older recipes for filled slices suggest rolling out the basic dough on a sheet of paper, spreading the filling on one half, then using the paper to flip over the top layer of dough... More »

  • Lemon Bars

    Lemon Bars

    Very pale and pretty, yet delivering a penetrating citrusy tang, these combine the unctuous appeal of lemon honey with a crisply tender biscuit base. I've given two methods for making them. The first version is... More »

  • Chocolate Caramel Fingers

    Chocolate Caramel Fingers

    Two layers of chocolate shortcake enclose a generous band of creamy caramel, all baked together then iced and cut into small fingers. The topping is usually chocolate icing or, more extravagantly, melted dark chocolate and... More »