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Lime, Coconut and Ginger Fingers


Early in the life of this blog I posted a recipe for a No Bake Lemon Slice. It’s a plain recipe from the 1960s which has stood the test of time but I wanted to vamp it up a bit, make it a more exciting combo of flavours that sated the sweet cravings on a hot day without messing with the integrity of the original recipe.

I switched the lemon for lime, added preserved ginger and dried blueberries, almonds and pistachios. Because I used a packet of gluten free cookies to replace the recommended plain sweet biscuits, the mixture behaved a little differently, it was a bit sticky, so I also upped the quantity of coconut.

Dried blueberries added to the tangy lime icing topped off the deliciousness.

200g plain sweet biscuits (I used Leda, GF milk arrowroot biscuits)
60g toasted flaked almonds
1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped preserved ginger
1/4 cup roughly chopped dried blueberries
1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
2 limes
Scant 100mls sweetened condensed milk
125g butter
Icing: 1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
1 heaped tablespoon soft butter
lime juice
1/4 cup chopped dried blueberries

1. Butter a 20cm x 30cm slab tin, and line it with baking paper.
2. Roughly crush the biscuits, but don’t reduce them completely to crumbs.
3. In a large bowl mix together the crushed biscuit, desiccated coconut, chopped ginger, blueberries and pistachios, almonds and lime zest.
4. Melt the butter in a small pot then stir in the condensed milk. Continue stirring over a low heat only until the milk is liquified. (Be careful, the condensed milk will begin to caramelize quickly.)
5. Pour the butter/milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine.
6. Tip the mixture into the slab tin and using the back of a spoon press it down firmly. Put the slice in the refrigerator while you make the icing.
7. Sieve the icing sugar, add the butter and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Beat well until smooth adding more lime juice to make a thick cream. Stir in the chopped blueberries.
8. Spread the icing into the biscuit base and chill until set.
9. Use a hot clean sharp knife to cut the slab into small fingers.
10. Keep refrigerated.


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

21 comments on “Lime, Coconut and Ginger Fingers

  1. Lisa
    February 27, 2014

    Looks so yummy! I adore ginger, and what an interesting flavor combination you have here! Would be perfect with tea, yes?


    • ladyredspecs
      February 27, 2014

      Absolutely perfect with a cup of tea, my choice, Darjeeling.


  2. ladyredspecs
    February 24, 2014



  3. Saskia (1=2)
    February 24, 2014

    Love a good no-bake slice, and an excuse to use sweetened condensed milk! This sounds beautiful.


  4. ohlidia
    February 21, 2014

    Deliciousness indeed! My mouth is watering, my tummy is grumbling… πŸ™‚


  5. Sam
    February 20, 2014

    Oh wow this looks gorgeous! All my favourite ingredients xx


  6. Fae's Twist & Tango
    February 19, 2014

    Wow! This is mouthwatering a’ma~zing! How do you come up with these heavenly desserts? Reading the ingredients alone was a pleasure, let alone putting one of those squares in the mouth. πŸ˜›


    • ladyredspecs
      February 19, 2014

      Aw thanks Fae, I guess the hot weather just made me think fresh tropical flavours and I went from there!


  7. Leah
    February 19, 2014

    WOW… looks amazing!


  8. Fig & Quince
    February 19, 2014

    Wow! Love that first photo (so cool) and really covet this recipe! a little rich for my blood but not too rich for my tastes! πŸ˜‰


  9. saucygander
    February 19, 2014

    I like the sound of this! Perfect for those lazy days when only no bake will do… πŸ™‚


  10. ladyredspecs
    February 18, 2014

    Thanks it was just right for our summery weather!


  11. Transplanted Cook
    February 18, 2014

    Yummy! I absolutely love all the ingredients separately – together they look even better!


  12. thehungrymum
    February 18, 2014

    what a delish treat for morning tea – yum.


  13. StefanGourmet
    February 18, 2014

    Very nice!


  14. alwaysamum
    February 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Favourite Gluten Free Recipes.


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This entry was posted on February 18, 2014 by in Baking, Desserts, Food, Gluten free baking, Slices and Tray Bakes and tagged , , , , , .
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