Lunchbox slice times two

I’ve had lots of lovely followers contact me now that school has gone back for another term about different things to pack in kids lunch boxes. I love a mix of healthy food and a little treat. My son is three and we talk about ‘sometimes foods’ and ‘all the time foods’ and how having some of each is a perfect balance. In my son’s lunchbox I always pack a sandwich or piece of zucchini slice (he isn’t into sushi yet otherwise homemade sushi is a great option too) fruit, yoghurt, veggie sticks, dip, cheese and one treat like a slice or cookie for example. Life is about balance and educating our little loves about balance is important I believe.

Here is a recipe for not one but two slices from the one cake batter mix! I call this slice a lunch box lifesaver because it’s quick and easy to make and lasts a while so perfect to have on hand. It can be made ahead of time, cut into 8-10 pieces per slice and if stored correctly can be kept in the freezer ready to remove a piece as you need it. Perfect!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sifted self raising flour

1 cup caster sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

A little sprinkle of salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (essence will also be fine)

1/4 cup choc chips (HANDY TIP- I didn’t have any at the time of making my slice so blitzed a left over Easter egg chocolate in my smoothie blitzer and if you had other chocolate you could try this too)

2 oranges (one orange gets cut in half and juiced while the other gets used for rind and then gets sliced thinly for decoration)

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Spray two slice tins (size approx 25cm x 15cms) with cooking spray and line with baking paper

Grab a large mixing bowl and add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, milk, vanilla, eggs, and hand squeeze the juice (try not to get the seeds as this is unpleasant to eat) from one orange and add this to the mix along with the rind from the other orange and add all these to the bowl and mix well to combine. I like to beat together on high speed with an electric mixer for one minute until mixture is well combined and smooth.

Divide the mixture in half into seperate bowls and in one of the bowls add the choc chips and mix through to give you a Jaffa flavour (choc orange) to one slice and then with the other leave as is for an orange delight.

Pour the cake mix into the seperate baking trays and smooth over to ensure the batter is evenly spread. The choc chip is ready to go into the oven but the plain orange one I like to slice some orange slices very thinly, remove the peel by cutting it off and place over the top to give a nice design and extra flavour.

Bake in oven for approx 15-20 minutes. Check slices because they are quite thin and will cook faster than a normal cake. Slices are cooked when a skewer is insterted into the centre and comes out clean.

Leave to cool completely before slicing. Slice each one into 8-10 portions and I like to store mine in an air tight container with baking paper between the layers of slice so they don’t stick together. You can label the container and pop,in the freezer removing slice when you need it portion by portion perfect for the kids lunchbox! I love this because it’s enough for two weeks (depending on how many lunch boxes you put together each day) and is really easy to make. If the kids aren’t keen on one flavour then no need to seperate the mix when adding Ingredients (but make sure you divide to bake) and if you’re not orange eaters you can experiment with your own flavour combinations. Some yummy suggestions I have are:

*Vanilla and blueberry

*Double choc chip (white and milk choc)

*Coconut and dried apricots (slice apricot thinly for this and add about 1/4 cup of each)

*sultanas and dates

Below is an example of how I store in the freezer. Note the baking paper layers between the cake.

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