Nelson Squares

Any old ACC cooks about?
How deep (thick) should a Nelson Square be?
Icing on top, Yes or No? Or just a sugar and water wash before baking?

I need to make a large batch for Vets reunion in July.
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
No point asking me @Pebbles015, I never done pastry, I hate the subject.

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Any old ACC cooks about?
How deep (thick) should a Nelson Square be?
Icing on top, Yes or No? Or just a sugar and water wash before baking?

I need to make a large batch for Vets reunion in July.
Well if you had it in da cookhouse, I'd say the weight and depth of a heavy duty brick.
 

llech

LE
If it's anything like the school canteen used to serve up there are no standards, it really is anything left over and depth varies on how much cake/fruit/breadcrumb is left same would apply with sugar topping I'd assume.
 
Wasn't there an ACC cookbook knocking around online?
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
Wasn't there an ACC cookbook knocking around online?
Here's the recipe from the latest version of the MACS Manual:-
NELSON SLICE
Ingredients
Puff pastry trimmings 200 g
Short pastry 600 g
Leftover cake 300 g
(sponge or fruit cake or a mixture of both)
Chopped mixed peel 25 g
Currants 50 g
Sultanas 50 g
Mixed spice 5 g
Caster sugar 10 g
Jam 100 g
Milk 50 ml
Method
1. Roll out the puff pastry trimmings very thinly and
place to one side.
2. Roll out the short pastry 3mm thick and use this to line
a shallow baking tray. Prick the pastry all over with a
fork then spread with a very small amount of the jam.
3. Break up the stale cake into small pieces, add the dried
fruit, mixed peel, mixed spice and the remainder of the
jam. Mix together adding a little of the milk to moisten
if the mixture is too dry. Spread a thin layer of the
mixture onto the pastry.
4. Place the rolled out puff pastry on the top of the filling,
prick with a fork and mark out into portions with a
knife. Brush over with water, dust with caster sugar
and bake in an oven at 175°C for 1 hour.
5. When cooked, remove from the oven and cut into
portions.
 
I've got that.
But unlike the other recipes it doesn't say how many portions it makes or how thick.
I'm guessing about 3" square and an inch thick.
 
Just 'cos it is a 'Nelson' slice, thereby implying RNish, there was no need to spaff all over the second version.

Christ, it will be spaffing on a pillow next!
 

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