10 August 2017

No Bake Lemon Slice and Our Favourite Variations

No Bake Lemon Slice and our favourite variations a budget and family friendly easy to make no bake slice. Click through to get the recipe
No Bake Lemon Slice
Annabel and I were talking about MOO Condensed Milk and she mentioned she was going to give it a try in No Bake Lemon Slice. And that had me thinking (and wanting lemon slice).

No Bake Lemon Slice has been around for ages. I remember my Mum making it during summer when it was too hot to have the oven on. Then I started making it after we were married, again, usually in summer, when it was too hot to have the oven on (those Riverina summer days when it topped 43 were far too hot to bake).

Over the years I'd go to make No Bake Lemon Slice and realise I didn't have any plain biscuits. One day there was a packet of ginger nuts in the pantry. We love ginger in anything, so I used them instead. Oh boy! was that slice good. I put lemon icing on it and it was sensational. And it fast became one of our favourites.

Another time the only biscuits in the house were plain chocolate so I used those and made a No Bake Choc Coconut Slice. Spread with chocolate icing and sprinkled with shredded coconut it went down well.

Did I mention we love ginger? After Christmas a few years ago there was some shortbread biscuits left. I used the shortbread to make biscuit crumbs, added some chopped glace ginger and we had No Bake Ginger Shortbread Slice.

I've even used Oreos to make a No Bake Cookies and Cream Slice - this one is Hannah's favourite.

Good things happen when you take a basic recipe and, to borrow a phrase from a good friend, make it your own.

Here's the basic No Bake Lemon Slice recipe:

No Bake Lemon Slice

125g butter- melted (or margarine)
½ tin sweetened condensed milk
1 packet of Marie Biscuits
1 cup coconut
Rind of 1 lemon

Crush biscuits. Combine in a bowl, spread into a tray and pat down and set in the fridge. Mix the juice from the lemon with icing mixture to make the icing. Sprinkle coconut over the icing to finish.


No Bake Ginger Slice - Use ginger nut biscuits instead of the Marie biscuits. Ice with lemon glace icing.

No Bake Choc Coconut - use plain chocolate biscuits instead of the Marie biscuits. Ice with chocolate icing and sprinkle with shredded coconut.

No Bake Ginger Shortbread Slice - replace the Marie biscuits with an equal quantity of shortbread. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped glace ginger.

No Bake Cookies and Cream Slice - Substitute Oreo biscuits for the Marie Biscuits. Ice with vanilla buttercream and sprinkle with crushed Oreos.

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  1. Hi Cath,
    Love the sound of no-bake Lemon Slice, but I can't stand coconut. Is there anything I could use as a substitute that you know of please?
    Many thanks

    1. Leave it out, just add more biscuit crumbs, I'd start with 1/2 cup and see how you go, you don't want the slice to be rock hard. Ground almonds or hazelnuts would work, although they're both expensive. If you choose the ground almonds or hazelnuts, try using just half a cup, you'll need to cut down the condensed milk by a fraction or add more crumbs. It's a very forgiving recipe :)

  2. Who knew there could be so many variations for this favourite recipe? Thanks Cath!


    1. I use whatever biscuits or biscuit crumbs there are to make this slice these days :) It's never the same, always slightly different.

  3. Hi Cath Could you give steps for icing please how much icing sugar and lemon juice? looks like a good recipe and I like to try it

    1. I mix icing sugar and lemon juice until it's as thick as I want it, I don't have quantities. Perhaps 1-1/2 - 2 cups icing sugar, juice of half a lemon. I go by feel.


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