This Mixed Fruit Slice Recipe is one of those recipes that you would have had to write out for at least five people if you took a tray of it to a party or gathering in pre-digital times.
With just 3 ingredients, it takes mere minutes before it's in the oven and baking away. In less than an hour, you'll be sitting down with a cuppa and enjoying a slice.
The result is a slightly chewy fruit cake – in slice form, of course. Absolutely delicious and a real life-saver if you want to bake something but are stretched for time.
This Mixed Fruit Slice Recipe is a definite keeper!
And you don't need to write it out – just send a link to your friends or use the share buttons to share with your Facebook or Pinterest pals. Ah yes, there are a few positives that come with living in the digital age.
Mixed Fruit Slice Recipe
If you've been following me for a while, you might know that many of my recipes come from my great grandmother's collection of handwritten and clipped recipes from the 1930s to 1960s along with more lovely recipes that my grandmother, mum and aunties have made over the years.
To really capture these great old-fashioned Aussie recipes, I've also started collecting retro recipe books from op shops – and that's exactly where this one is from.
This recipe is from the "Recipes from 'The Centre'" community cookbook which was collated in the 1990s to "benefit the children attending Alice Springs School of Air."
I love these old fundraiser cookbooks, which typically contain recipes contributed from the local community. These are tried and tested and favourite recipes from home cooks.
And I knew this Mixed Fruit Slice recipe had to be a particularly good one when the previous owner of the book had circled it in red pen.
Just 3 ingredients!
You've got to love a 3-ingredient recipe, especially when the results are as fabulous as what you'll take out the oven when you follow this recipe.
And these three ingredients are staples that you'll easily come across at your supermarket or convenience store:
- mixed fruit
- condensed milk
- self raising (SR) flour (or plain/all-purpose flour and baking powder).
And 5 minutes
The method is also super simple.
You literally need just 5 minutes. Tops.
You'll need a slice tin (approx 28 x 18cm). Grease it and line with baking paper, leaving paper overhanging at sides to assist with removal of slice later.
Pre-heat your oven to moderate (180 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
Stir mixed fruit and condensed milk together until they're well combined.
Now sift in the flour into the mixture and stir again until combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared slice tin, smoothing mixture out with a spatula to reach the edges.
Place into oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a golden brown colour.
Leave slice in tin until almost cool and then remove from tin and slice into 18 squares (3 x 6).
Enjoy your Mixed Fruit Slice
Your slice should last for up to a week in an airtight container stored in a dry, cool place.
The slice also freezes well for up to 3 months.
And if you love the simplicity of a great slice, check out the entire Cooking with Nana Ling Slice collection here.
Mixed Fruit Slice
- 1 slice tin (28 x 18 cm approx)
- 375 grams mixed fruit
- 395 grams sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup SR flour (125 grams) (or 1 cup plain/all-purpose flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder)
- Grease a slice tin (approx 28 x 18cm) and line with baking paper, leaving paper overhanging at sides to assist with removal of slice later.
- Pre-heat oven to moderate (180 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
- Stir mixed fruit and condensed milk together until well combined.
- Sift in the flour and stir again until combined.
- Pour mixture into slice tin, smoothing mixture out with a spatula to reach the edges, and place into oven.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a golden brown colour.
- Leave slice in tin until almost cool and then remove from tin and slice into 18 squares (3 x 6).