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Marshmallow Shortcake Slice

If you are a New Zealander like me you just can’t resist a slice of Marshmallow Shortcake Slice just like your mother and grandmother use to make when you were a child. Brings back so many memories………
Would love to hear from you if you had a mum or a nana who made this slice.

125g butter
125 g sugar
225g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon gelatine powder
1 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 drops pink food colouring
1 teaspoon Strawberry Essence (optional)
2 tablespoons Shredded coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 180˚C or 160˚C fan-forced. Line and spray a slice tin with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, egg and dry ingredients. Mix well and then press into slice tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Leave in pan.

Dissolve the gelatine in bowling water in a large bowl. Add vanilla and the sugar and beat on medium-high speed with electric mixer until stiff and fluffy adding drops of food colouring and flavouring to get the colour and flavour you like. When thick and stiff (like stiffly beaten egg whites that hold their shape).
Spoon over cooled base and leave to set in fridge. Cut into squares.
Optional: Sprinkle with desiccated coconut after pouring topping onto base.

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