Recipe: Called to the bar...

Our weekly columnist Mercy Fenton shares her delicious buttery recipe for Coconut and Raspberry Bars.
Recipe: Called to the bar...
Coconut and Rasberry Bars. Picture: Jim Coughlan

These are buttery, delicious, and easy to make. They cut beautifully and keep for two to three days if wrapped well. The buttery base is the simplest I’ve come across and tastes delicious. I made a small batch, ½ a Swiss roll tin, 13 x 4½ inches, so double the recipe if you want more. If you don’t have a small rectangular tin, just line and ½ a tin and use something solid to stop mix spreading. 

Coconut and Raspberry Bars



120gr cream flour

90gr brown sugar

½ tsp salt

113gr melted butter


Pre-heat the oven to 185C.

Line the base and up both ends of a smaller tin as suggested with parchment paper.

In a bowl just mix the ingredients by hand until they come together then press into the base of the tin.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until light brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool whilst you prepare the filling.

Coconut filling


2 small or medium free-range eggs

200gr condensed milk

60gr cream flour

45gr dark brown sugar

60gr melted butter

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

150gr desiccated coconut

50gr shaved coconut

150gr raspberry jam


Reduce the oven temperature to 160C.

Sprinkle the shaved coconut onto a non-stick tray and cook in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until golden. Then allow to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk the eggs, condensed milk, flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth.

Add the desiccated coconut and stir well.

Scrape the mix into the prepared tin and spread evenly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Once cool, spread the top with raspberry jam then sprinkle with toasted coconut.

The raspberry jam on top makes these bars look very pretty and interesting, but is a little messy if you want to bring it in a lunch box or transport easily. If you need to have them on the go, try spreading the cooked base with the raspberry jam, then top with the coconut mix and sprinkle with untoasted shaved coconut and then bake.

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