This recipe is based on Matt Preston’s ‘Bus Driver’s Mother in Law Slice’. Matt is the constant fixture on Australian MasterChef. He was also voted the ‘Awesome Oldie’ in the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. Apparently this honey almond slice was his favourite treat when he went on bus trips up the Hume Highway, shared by the female bus driver! The slice is super easy to make and is heavenly buttery. Use your favourite type of honey to make it extra decadent. Remember to use a small lined baking tray as the base is quite thin.
120g brown sugar (1/2 cup, tightly packed)
150g plain flour (1 cup)
70g ground almonds (1/2 cup)
pinch of salt
125g butter, chopped
100g honey (1/4 cup)
225g slivered almonds, or sliced almonds (1 3/4 cups)
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
- Combine all of the base ingredients and mix well with a spatula. If the mixture seems floury and wouldn’t bind, add a little extra melted butter. Press firmly into a lined slice tray, approximately 20cm x 30cm.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until the surface is lightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while making the almond topping.
- To make the almond topping, combine the honey and butter in a small, heavy-based saucepan and stir until the butter is melted. Simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is a light caramel colour. This is an important step as it gives the slice the golden caramel taste and complexity.
- Stir in the nuts (slivers of sliced) and remove from heat.
- Spread the nut topping evenly over the base and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in the tray and then cut into desired squares, rectangles or triangles. (Do not attempt to remove the slice from the tray when it is still warm as it will break).