Magic slice dessert for Desert Road

Last updated 05:00 01/11/2012
Taihape slice
The "magic" apricot and almond slice at Taihape's Brown Sugar Cafe.

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We always stop at the fabulous Brown Sugar Cafe in Taihape and have coffee and a meal. Always great food, good service and good buzz. As we left, we took a bag of their magic slice to eat in the car. We agreed it was truly the best slice any of us had eaten. Light but chewy, tasty and moreish. Can you please ask for the recipe? Much appreciated.


For almost 20 years, Brown Sugar Cafe has been a favourite stop for travellers about to hit the Desert Road on their way north. Next year, sisters-in-law Lee Thomson and Charlotte Stanford will celebrate two decades of opening.

In 1993, they built their cafe and garden area behind a building on Taihape's main street and it has become a fixture on State Highway 1.

"We've got regulars who have been coming here for 20 years on their trips," Ms Thomson says. "What we find is that they want the same thing when they come, so it's been difficult to change the menu too much."

Brown Sugar's slices are popular, and the "magic slice" - actually called the apricot and almond slice - is baked daily.


Melt together:

125g butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

Mix in:

1/2 packet malt biscuits

1/2 packet vanilla biscuits

Press into a lined slice tin

Place on base, in order:

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped apricots

1/2 cup coconut thread

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Drizzle over 1 tin condensed milk

Bake for 30 minutes at 150C.

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