Lovely raspberries are great in this delicious Avoca bake, which works so well with the lemon and coconut. A real treat, great to cook as a tray bake for winter lunch-boxes or lazy afternoon tea.


20oz self-raising flour
1lb butter
18oz caster sugar
4oz ground almonds
4oz desiccated coconut
Zest of 2 lemons
4 free range eggs
20oz raspberries (even frozen is fine)


Preheat fan-assisted oven to 320ºF.

Line a your tin with baking parchments. Mix together flour, ground almonds, sugar, butter and lemon zest using a beater until the mixture has a crumb-like texture. Remove 200 gm/8oz of the mixture and add to the coconut (this is for the top of slices).

Start the mixer again for a further minute and then add the eggs beating slowly until all comes together to form a slightly lumpy batter. Coat the base of your tin with this batter, then sprinkle the raspberries on top and finally sprinkle coconut crumble over fruit. Bake for 1 hour. Yum.

Serve either warm straight from the oven as delicious dessert with some homemade custard and softly whipped cream or allow to cool , then cut into finger size slices. They keep well in an airtight container for 4-5 days, although only with a strong lock or other security in place. Otherwise they’re gone in a flash.

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