Need new ideas for slices, tarts for cafe

Please don't forget gluten intolerant customers will you? We also love slices and sweet treats and often get forgotten at cafes. Many recipes can be easily adapted to cater for us.

Chef_irenew, Jan 17, 9:41 pm

Sorry my mistake its on not the Chelsea site.
Think its called Caramel Marshmallow tart not square.

Chef_sophie98, Jan 17, 10:14 pm

to add to that I kno0w its not easy but generaly intolerant means if made in the same area as gluten products its okay, its coeliac`s I feel sorry for. who can cater for them

Chef_motorbo, Jan 18, 8:59 am

anything with berries in it - not as sickly sweet as some other

Chef_ksr, Jan 18, 9:02 am

Thanks everyone for the ideas. I was thinking of a simple salty caramel slice with walnuts (or possibly another nuts since walnut cost a fortune!).

good point about the gluten free. there is a g/f lemon & lime slice and orange cake for them. IMHO, the ones that are pain in the ass are vgf (vegan + gluten free)

Chef_deus701, Jan 18, 12:38 pm

Hazelnuts are good - they're cheap and I don't like walnuts!

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 18, 12:42 pm

Maybe I should choose almonds? they seem much more acceptable.

I had been looking for a caramel marshmallow tart recipe. seems like some recipes call for coconut? Is there anyone who does not like coconut on their caramel-marshmallow tart? Or is this a must have?

Chef_deus701, Jan 23, 5:58 pm

Chef_lindylambchops1, Jan 23, 9:37 pm

This looks lovely although a hell of a lot of caramel
choc brownie and salted caramel slice

Chef_dibble35, Jan 23, 10:23 pm

I can't go past a good old scone - especially with jam and cream
Saw a peanut butter and chocolate chip scone the other day, looked delicious
Love salted caramel and chocolate things too. Saw a chef make salted caramel, chocolate melting moments on good morning show once - now they looked awesome

Chef_2spotties, Jan 24, 4:08 pm

And what sort of commission do we get for the right recipe?

Chef_tjman, Jan 24, 5:03 pm

I saw a recipe with an oreo biscuit as a base, bit of cheesecake mix then chopped nuts and chocolate chips with a blob of caramel on top. I think this would be a great seller. A large slice of cheesecake is too much and I am not likely to buy. I prefer a little treat.

Chef_lotsagiggles, Jan 24, 5:12 pm

Ooh, I have a yummy Texan slice that I will post for you. I often make to take away and my friends rave over it. Be back soon!

Chef_rarogal, Jan 24, 6:54 pm

Here we go! I use a bit more butter in the base, as i found it a little crumbly, otherwise the recipe below is the original.

100g butter, melted
250g malt biscuits, crushed
2 cups walnut pieces, chopped roughly & lightly toasted
1.5 cups milk choc buttons, chopped (I left mine whole)
1 cup sultanas
3 cups desiccated coconut
500g sweetened condensed milk (about 1.5 cans)

Mix together butter and biscuit crumbs, press into 20 x 30cm slice tin, greased and lined with baking paper.
Mix together all other ingredients and roughly press into tin. Bake at 160c for 30 mins or until lightly browned. Don’t overcook. Should be moist and sticky.
(Cover with baking paper if starting to brown too quickly)
Cut when cold. Makes 18 pieces. (I cut mine smaller).

Chef_rarogal, Jan 24, 6:59 pm

L like to visit the local cafes that are successful. and gander at whats on display, take in a cuppa and watch what sells well. prt of your business plan would be visiting the competion and sussing out what works. how about a survey in store of all your new slice/cake product ideas. set up glass jars, every time you engage with customer ask them if they care to look at proposed new slices/cakes etc (classy photo and discription- chance for your staging skills). Ask them to pop a token into the jar they would like to see on menu. And a chalk board besides for them to write down their own suggestions just like you've asked here. Couloured chalk of course. I've used this interaction before. photo of product and regulars and randoms get to interact and see new menu. This is marketing 101. Lots of delish Luck to you business!

Chef_daarhn, Jan 24, 7:07 pm

basic recipe.
2pkts of malt bickies crushed fine in the food processor
add any of the following: diced apricots, crystallized ginger, glace' cherries, cranberries
mix fruit in to bickie crumbs well
melt in microwave: 1 can of condensed milk with 200gms of butter and then mix well to have all the butter mixed in thoroughly.
add condensed milk mixture to bickie crumbs and mix well. put into slice tin layered with gladwrap (that way when its set you just pull it all out by the glad wrap and you can cover, bag and freeze for up to 3 months) press in well and then chill for at least an hour till set. quick and not to expensive to make

Chef_timetable, Jan 24, 9:29 pm

thanks all for your advice and your recipes.

Our cafes are all set up with the respective system, and we had already gone around the competition and was quite disappointed except for one or two cafes. Now the pastry kitchen is in the 'evolution' stage to stay fresh and ahead of the market. It will be a difficult time as we are taking off long time favourites like choc brownie or custard slice (to be replaced by mille feuille)

Chef_deus701, Jan 25, 10:15 am

That's a pity - you cant beat a good custard slice - yummy.

Chef_dibble35, Jan 25, 11:30 am

Best seller at our local cafe are small round cheesecakes, look like they are made in patty pans. A different flavour each day. My fave has a chocolate mint base with melted Moro bar mixed in the cheesecake , served with a big dollop of cream fir $5. It's to die for

They also do caramel and mixed berry flavours, and apricot and strawberry

Chef_karrie3, Jan 25, 11:51 am

Bakewell Tart (aka almond slice) is yummy too.

Chef_biggles45, Jan 26, 1:52 pm

Oh yum - I would definitely buy mille feuille if I saw one in a cafe but definitely wouldn't buy a custard slice - you can get those anywhere so its nice to find something a bit different

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 26, 3:43 pm

Please don't overlook the savouries. When I go into cafes I always go fir the savory items as opposed to the sweet.

Chef_clareo, Jan 26, 4:38 pm

On the rare occasions I go to a café for lunch, I tend to get a club sandwich, a savoury of some form and a cake or slice.

Chef_lodgelocum, Jan 26, 4:41 pm

OP was specifically asking for slices and tarts though so presumably has the savoury side already covered

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 26, 5:10 pm

Yes go with lemon. some great gluten free lemon slices out there. PLEASE

Chef_jaybe11, Feb 5, 9:43 am

jelly slice
easy to make and a favourite from a local cafe. Made a double recipe yesterday and its half gone! I used to have to cook gluten free for a family member and think it could easily be adapted to gluten free with just the base being a concern. So either crush gluten free biscuits or make a base with gf flours.

Chef_ahaaaaa, Feb 5, 12:00 pm

Chef_bev00, Apr 7, 11:24 pm

Recently had lemon curd Louise cake at the Addington Coffee Coop and have started making it myself. I've never really liked Louise cake but it is lovely with a thickish layer of lemon curd.

Chef_greerg, Apr 8, 6:49 pm

we have a work place shout on a friday and the girls always get a apricot tart with cream on it and a custard tart with strawberrys on the top with a glase over the top and we pay $6.50 each for them

Chef_hotstuff111, Apr 8, 10:45 pm

I am a diabetic. I find it is always so difficult going out for coffee.
I often find that there are heaps of delicious foods, non-that I can eat.
OH! for a good SIMPLE sandwich, or a choose your own filling made fresh.
on offer crackers / cruskets with cheese, tomato & pickle, a plate with these to assemble your own.(so biscuits dont go soggy) Yes! i would happilu pay $5/6 depending on size variety etc

A soup selection, in the sealed portions, that you can choose your variety, and its warmed and perhaps served with toast if required.
I often find I only buy coffee, as there is little food on offer that i can eat.

Chef_jude343, Apr 10, 1:29 pm

Good idea I am also a diabetic and would love to have cheese, crackers and pickles on offer in cafes,would buy them every time,but it's just coffee when I go out at the moment.

Chef_sgjvh, Apr 10, 6:58 pm

If I saw the old fashioned napoleons in a café, I'd be in like Flynn!

When I catered at our local golf club the ladies loved this one of my inventions.
Cut circles of puff pastry (saucer size as they shrink with the cooking)
cook to a gentle brown, then split. Fill with crème patissiere which can be bought from a cateraing warehouse and quick and easy to whip up, Pipe a circle of whipped cream around the edge, pop the top back on and shake a little icing sugar over the top. They are cheap as chips to make, sell like the proverbial.

The old fashioned individual cheesecake with pastry, jam in the bottom, and a sponge with ground almonds on top doesn't look flash, but tastes extra special. I actually used rice flour instead of the dearer ground almonds and got almost the same result
Mrs C

Chef_colin433, Apr 10, 8:08 pm

Currently have the usual caramel slice, custard, louise, brownie, crumble, ginger crunch etc.

Right now Im looking for ideas for a new slice. and hopefully something that will sell well and the customers can accept. Does anyone have special memories of an amazing slice they had somewhere, or during their overseas vacation that they would like to try again?

Chef_deus701, Jan 16, 5:16 pm

I had a caramel slice the other day that had chopped or sliced carefully Macadamia nuts sprinkled over the caramel, no chocolate at all. It was delicious.

Chef_samsnan, Jan 16, 5:22 pm


125g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 packet malt biscuits (crushed)
1/2 packet vanilla wine biscuits (crushed)

Press into a lined slice tin

PLACE ON BASE (in order):
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped apricots
1/2 cup coconut thread
1/2 cup sliced almonds (lightly toasted)

Drizzle over 1 tin condensed milk
Bake for 30 minutes at 150'C

edited to say that this is a recipe I had requested from a well known café a few years ago - it is light, chewy, tasty and ever so moorish!

Chef_carlosjackal, Jan 16, 5:40 pm

The AWW Cakes and Slices cookbook has some awesome recipes in it.
When my friend had her cafe, she used a lot of those recipes for her cakes & slices display which always sold out. Demand was greater than supply some days.

Chef_nauru, Jan 16, 7:06 pm

Old fashioned sharp, lemony Sticky Lemon slice, or its variations Sticky Citrus or Passionfruit slice. And Alison Holst has a lovely recipe for a Cherry and Almond slice which is delicious.
Anything with a generous, home made flavour (in other words, not made from a mix) should go down a treat!

Chef_punkinthefirst, Jan 16, 8:17 pm

Always love good old lolly cake or fudge made with licorice allsorts ,black jelly beans is really yummy.Apple struddle or dutch apple cake is also nice.Or another that always seems popular when we go out is custard square and rocky mellow slice.

Chef_antzmaria1, Jan 16, 8:23 pm

Tarts filled with homemade lemon curd or passionfruit,or ones with lovely thick caramel and banana and bit of cream ans grated choc would be something that would also jump out at me.
Now I feel like baking lol

Chef_antzmaria1, Jan 16, 8:26 pm

Orange & Almond Cake made with almond meal - served with plain unsweetened yogurt is lovely.

Chef_renoshorty, Jan 16, 9:37 pm

I'm a fan of sticky lemon slice. and dutch apple cake.

Chef_dezzie, Jan 16, 9:54 pm

There is one with caramel and marshmallow on the Chelsea site
that's lovely.

Chef_sophie98, Jan 16, 10:01 pm

I'd kill for Lemon pistachio slice. Simple but so fresh. Anything citrusy or apple or ginger pear - and not so sweet. I get sick of the usual choc and caramel slices on offer. My Apple slice always goes down well.
125g soft butter
1 cup raw sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
11/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
2-3 apples - granny smith - peel and use an apple slicer/corer and slice through the segments again - to poke in the top of the cake.
Topping optional 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon or dust with icing sugar. Cream butter and sugar and follow usual cake procedure or bung it all in a food processor. Spread cake mix into a 20x 30 sponge roll or brownie tin. Press in apples and sprinkle topping if desired. Bake 180 Celsius. for 25- 30 mins.

Chef_motordewd, Jan 16, 10:04 pm

Belgium/Belgian slice - yum.

Chef_turtlet, Jan 16, 11:15 pm

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 16, 11:16 pm

Takaka ginger crunch takes some beating too

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 16, 11:18 pm

Now that sounds yummy and I have all the ingredients so will be making it today, thanks

Chef_dibble35, Jan 17, 8:18 am

Family Circle christmas issue has a section on slices and I am keen to try some, they look real yummy and would be great for a cafe.

Chef_tumbys02, Jan 17, 6:48 pm

This sounds really nice, but I couldn't find it on their site. Do you know what it's called? Thanks :)

Chef_carlos57, Oct 18, 6:57 am

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