Chocolate Orange and Raisin Slice

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As we have raced through December Christmas is upon us!! (You know this for sure when you can’t get a parking space in town on a Saturday after 9 am!!!!) Christmas has always been a time when a lot of baking has taken place in our house.

 

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With a constant stream of visitors, in the shape of friends and family and every one hoping that you’ll get round to their favourites – it can be a crazy time!

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So I promised that over the last few weeks I would share as many of my Christmas recipes as I have the time to bake, photograph and get them out to you!! I hope you have enjoted them!! This one is, most probably, my favourite!

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I know I talk a lot about whose favourite each of my biscuits/cakes/slices is but, whilst obviously I love all the treats I bake, this one is personal favourite.

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I’m sure you’re aware by now how much I love chocolate, raisins and oranges, and by default orange oil. These decadent slices contain all three!!!  

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They have that real luxury Christmas taste about them.

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You could imagine sitting snuggled up and warm next to a log fire, watching your favourite Christmas movie with a hot chocolate and one of these, an Orange Chocolate and Raisin Slice.

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Now don’t get me wrong I enjoy these all year round – we took a batch on holiday with us this year and they are perfect no matter when or where – but I can’t help feeling that they are that little something special we look for at Christmas – the perfect slice for anyone who come to visit (especially those who like chocolate, orange and raisins!!!! ;))

 

Orange Chocolate and Raisin Slice

Prep Time: 15 mins             Bake Time: 15 mins            Set Time: 2hrs                             

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Makes 24 Squares                           

Ingredients:

Base:

100g Melted Chocolate 

¼ Cup Coconut Oil - melted

½ Cup Ground Almonds

1 tsp. Orange Oil

¾ Cup Powdered Coconut Sugar

1 tbsps. Ground Flaxseed

1 Cup Almond Flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

2 tbsps. Orange Juice

1½ Cups Raisins (soaked in boiling water for 10 mins and then drained thoroughly)

 

Topping:

3 tbsp. Cocoa Butter

¼ Cup + 2 tbsps. Cashew Nut Butter or you can make your own - recipe here :)

2 tbsps. Cocoa Powder

¼ Cup Powdered Coconut Sugar

2 tbsps. Coconut Oil - melted

½ tsp. Powdered Vanilla

2 tbsps. Maple Syrup

1 tsp. Orange Oil 

Instructions:

1) Preheat the oven to 170˚C.

 

2) In a bowl mix together the melted chocolate, coconut oil, ground almonds, orange oil and coconut sugar.

 

3) Stir in the flaxseed and almond flour and baking powder until thoroughly combined.

 

4) Fold in the orange juice and raisins and sppon into a 7" x 11" lined baking tray.

 

5) Place in the oven for 15 mins. Remove and set aside to cool

 

6) Melt the cocoa butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Remove from heat and slowly stir in cashew nut butter. Add all the other ingredients and stir until smooth.

 

7) Spread over the cooled slice and place in the fridge for 2 hrs to set. Slice and enjoy! :)

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