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  1. kelli

    sometimes they taste even better a little *ahem* crispy.=)

  2. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice

    These looks great! They remind me of the bars my mom would make me to bring to school on class “party” days.

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Man, Australians have all the best desserts – pavlova, lamingtons, vanilla slice and all the other endless “slice” permutations. We don’t really have this whole “slice” phenomenon in the States, which is a shame because they seem to make for such casual but exquisite-tasting noms. I actually like the dark brown look of your slices above. Just call them “brulee bars” and be a genius already. 🙂

  4. Anna Johnston

    Your too bloody cute bestie. 🙂 Although, there are some mistakes that one just can’t find an excuse for…. Singing along at the top of your voice to Horses, and your colleagues catching you. Arhhhhh… I don’t know what’s worse, the being caught singing or the fact I actually know the words to Horses. Sigh!
    Love your cut of your slice sister. Looks yummy! Can’t wait to do our bake a thon next weekend. Xxx

  5. Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi

    I’ve never heard of magic slice before and I think that’s a mistake – it uses all my favourite things (chocolate, coconut, bikkies AND condensed milk) in one super awesome treat! Thanks so much for bringing to my attention. I once made a chilled cheesecake which I didn’t realise was actually supposed to be baked (whoops). When it came time to serve our host couldn’t cut slices as the cake kept ‘re-healing’ itself.

  6. Rach

    Haha! Your peer pressure story totally cracked me up! Happens to the best of us. 😉 Great message from lessons learnt, girl. And your dessert looks yummy too.

  7. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    wow, those magic bars look DELISH. and sharing is never a mistake, agreed. it’s a must with baking or else.. everything ends up in my own tummy. no bueno. lol.

  8. Lizzi

    Mistake or not, I’d still eat 18 of them in a heartbeat 😀

  9. Cherrie

    great post Hannah 🙂 I have to admit, I like things to be a little on the dark, burnty side 🙂

  10. Priyanka

    The letter story is too funny, Hannah! Burnt or not, sweet treats are always delicious!

  11. Fiona

    I still need to learn that I can’t have more than one glass of wine.

  12. Johanna GGG

    oooh I love that slice and would happily eat it with the edges cut off – have made it before and it is dangerous – no wonder you had to eat a quarter of it in one sitting – I would do the same even if I didn’t have bruised emotions (though I might have bruised emotions after eating it all). I once ate 3/4 a cake with a friend – maybe that was a mistake but sometimes mistakes are what brings so much laughter into your life!

  13. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I have learnt that without mistakes, I would learn nothing 🙂

    I do hate it when recipes give cooking times that are grossly over the actual requirement. But the plus side, I suppose, is that if you can rescue the product, you have a good excuse to eat the ‘dud’ bits yourself!

  14. Three-Cookies

    This sounds divine, just a few ingredients but magical results. I love bars/slices

  15. msihua

    I like burnt bits 😛 I have a similar post which I talk about having no regrets.. similar thang really!

    Honey, I’ll make a man! Out of you!!

  16. Errign

    I call those seven layer bars and I love em 🙂 So yummy.

    My life is full of mistakes, but I’d like to think I’ve learned from the ones I was meant to learn from? 🙂

  17. Emma

    Now now, while your learnt lesson is not to let others sign your name for you, I believe your story led us to believe that it was you who signed it… hmm?

    When I was in high school, one of my drama coaches harassed a girl for wearing insensible shoes on stage. Backstory: this woman was in love with Meryl Streep, and would talk about her endlessly. This woman had a very deep voice which she would throw around quite dramatically for added effect. Front story: After being talked to about her shoes, the girl slipped or something while on stage. Drama Mama came forward from the house, emerged under the stage lights, and proclaimed, in her boomy deep voice: “Ahhhh, lesson learrrrrrrned……”

    Favorite. quote. EVER!

  18. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I burn stuff all the time! Like, pretty much every day… you could set these things on fire and I would still eat them 🙂

  19. Margaret

    Thank you for this reminder sweetheart; always appreciated.
    Thank you also for the warning on how to avoid burnt edges!
    There aren’t many great things about winter, but one of them is definitely baking yummies in the oven.

  20. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe you are too funny. A no bowl slice? No way! I want to make it now of course wiht your revised timing instructions 😉

  21. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    “Sometimes, mistakes can be mortifying, and it can take years for them to become retrospectively entertaining.”

    Tee-hee, that’s exactly it! 😀 However, I think your magic bars look phantastic (now that you’ve nibbled off all the burnt parts ;))! Do you remember the almond shortbread I baked a while ago? Nothing was to save with that one … 😕

  22. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Oh yeah, and here’s the tragic evidence of that most shameful experience in my baking history so far …


  23. whisperinggums

    Hmmm … I learnt I was mistaken in thinking I didn’t want children. Where would I be now if I hadn’t changed my mind on that one! Far poorer (well, not monetarily!) I reckon.

  24. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Oh Hannah, you’re full of gems – You are more than good enough, always. You need a quote book developed, stat. Alongside delicious recipes, inspired by said quotes. Yes. Cute story about you & your non-crush 🙂
    Heidi xo

  25. Susan

    Oh I love this type of slice. So easy and delicious!

  26. Erin@TheFoodMentalist

    Hehe too funny!

    This looks really nice and I love the sound of all those ingredients combined. Anything that has condensed milk in it gets my vote! 🙂

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