Cakes and Desserts

Apricot Slice

I love the magical combination of Earl Grey tea and dried apricots! I have always preferred to use dried apricots than fresh apricots when it comes to baking. I like the intense flavour and taste I get from soaking them in tea or water. This Apricot Slice is perfect for an afternoon tea.


220 g salted butter

60 g icing sugar

1 egg

280 g plain flour, sifted


250 g dried apricots

200 ml strong Earl Grey tea

200 g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

grated zest of 2 lemons

120 ml lemon juice

1 teaspoon baking powder

60 g plain flour

20cm X 30cm X 3.5cm slice tray


1.  Place apricots and tea in small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook till apricots become soft and liquid has evaporated.   Let it cool and chop it up coarsely.

2.  Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm X 3.5cm slice tray.

3.  Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg.

4.  Fold in sifted flour. Press into the base of the prepared tin.

5.  Bake 180° C for 15 minutes.

6.  To prepare the topping beat together the sugar, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Fold in baking powder and flour.

7.  When the base is baked sprinkle the chopped cooked apricots evenly and pour the lemon egg mixture over the top.

8.  Bake for a further 25 minutes or until surface is golden brown.

9.  Allow to cool completely before cutting.