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Chocolate Cherry Slice

Do people even make “slices” anymore? Is that a term we’re comfortable with these days? It seems to me that a ‘slice’ is a simple little dessert, the kind that is humble enough to be served straight from the pan – but maybe not as sturdy as a ‘bar’. I’m making this all up – who knows! Who cares. What this little number is, is delicious.

Chocolate shortbread {I’ll pause so you can heave that sigh of anticipation} smothered in sweet, tart cherries all topped with a crunchy nut and coconut topping. Uh huh. I know.

Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s starting to feel like the end. Just the other day I was leaving work at about 5:30 pm and the sun was low-ish in the sky, the light was that deep gold of a late summer, balmy evening and I heard some manner of insect chirping – something cricket-y, perhaps? – and I thought to myself, “Well it’s been nice … ”

I like summer well enough. Mainly because it means that the garden produces wonderful things, you can swim in natural bodies of water without becoming hypothermic and it’s often too hot to eat dinner inside, so evenings wind down slowly to the smells of grilling and the sounds of humming, buzzing and chirping critters.

I won’t lie though, autumn is my favourite season so I am fully prepared for the days to keep rapidly shrinking and for the light to get thinner and cooler, enough so that you can start to see your breath and there’s every excuse in the world to get a new sweater and/or a scarf. My friend Sheri has also promised to knit me fingerless gloves – the perfect accessory for long fall walks with the camera!

Although we’re well past the mid-point of August I think this summer still has some more to give. It has certainly delivered so far, though it’s slipping right by, and fast. While it’s beauty and bounty is in hand, make this slice. It doesn’t take long, it’s not painfully sweet and because of the tender chocolate cookie base it feels transitional – not fully ra-ra-ra summer, summer, summer. Instead, it has a late summer, nearing fall feel to it – all while still capitalizing on fresh cherries that are no doubt overflowing your green grocer’s bins.



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