Titanic and a gluten free date slice

I swore I would never watch the movie, Titanic.

Managed to avoid it for years. Then, one stormy night, it came upon the TV and I did.

Lord, I loved it. Lord, I was surprised.

Leonardo Di Caprio, what a wee spunk. And the luminous Kate WInslet.

That kiss at the stern bow (I ain’t no freakin sailor) of the boat is the stuff that Mills and Boon is made of, on steroids. A sweaty palm on a fogged up window, the boat was heating up on the inside whilst the outside temperature dropped ominously.

All along, you know what is going to happen. Making this love story seem more heightened and intense.

Yeah, the ending sucked. Like really sucked. And mayhaps, you think the movie really sucks.

But this slice doesn’t.

If Kate and Leonardo had made it to a desert island (geographically unlikely I know) they could have made this slice with its tropical coconut and dates. Bummer.

The zippy lemon icing is the perfect foil (such a strange saying) to the sweetness of the dates and rich coconut. It’s like a bunch of hula dancing Hawaiian hotties jumped into your mouth and had a party.


1/2 cup sorghum flour (60g)
1/4 cup brown rice flour (40g)
1/4 cup tapioca flour (40g)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Xanthum gum
1 big pinch salt
1 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
1 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup rapadura, coconut or brown sugar
Zest of a small lemon
125g butter
1 egg, lightly beaten

Lemon Icing
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tbl lemon juice
15g butter, melted
1/4 cup extra coconut for sprinkling on top of slice

Preheat oven to 180C.
Line an 18cm x 28cm slice tin with baking paper.
Sift the flours, baking powder, xanthum gum and salt into a large bowl.
Stir in the coconut, dates, sugar and lemon zest.
Add the melted butter and beaten egg and mix well.
Spread into the baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cool in the tray.
Lemon Icing. Whilst the slice is cooling, add all the ingredients in a bowl and combine until smooth. Spread over the slice and sprinkle with the coconut. Cut into 12 squares and serve in an airtight container. This slice is a bit crumbly when you cut it but the rest of the slice holds together well.

Cooking Notes:
If you don’t have all of these flours you can use 140g of your preferred self raising gf flour blend.
This icing is thin but I knocked back the amount of icing sugar to try and minimise the sugar content a tad.

A Cheergerm adaptation from a recipe from the Womans Day website. See below for the link to the original recipe.


33 thoughts on “Titanic and a gluten free date slice

  1. I picturing hula girls jumping into my mouth for a party. What a party! This party is making me smile.
    Love the slice and Jennee would pay money for that cake stand!!
    I don’t know about this whole titanic thing though…

    • Thanks Mr F. A tasty tropical party, yes indeedy. Found that cake stand for a pittance in an op shop on a regular reconnaissance. I am an ornery soul, always swore I wouldn’t watch this dorky movie that everyone crapped on about, but I did, and I loved it. Not so much Celine Dions singing. I apologise if you own her entire CD collection. 😁

  2. Mmm, I can almost taste the contrast between the lemon and the sticky dates. As for the film, I am glad I watched it, but might balk at a second viewing. Kate had a nude scene where Leo drew her wearing an enormous jewel, as I recall. I think I liked that part best.

  3. hahahaha!
    Now how can anyone say no to these after that?!!
    Who’s going to say no to a party in their mouth?
    I didn’t peg you for a Titanic watcher either so I was kinda slack-jawed at your summary of the kiss πŸ˜€
    I said “Ohhoo, let me find out..well well, what do we have here…”

    Another great post Ms Cheergem, thank you.

  4. I’d say I’m quite desperate at the moment for a few hula dancing Hawaiian hotties. And isn’t it just incredibly timely that a couple of weeks ago I taped Titanic to watch when I had a few spare three or four hours? I think I know what I’ll be doing this week, and what I’ll be eating while doing it. I wonder if I sent out a “viewing” invite to Leo with the promise of “paradise” for desert, if I’d get an RSVP back?
    Well, regardless of what he says, Cheergerm, you really rocked the boat with this one.

    • Thanks Mrs P! It’s very moreish and great with a good cup of coffee. You can only try, I think that once Leo knew you had this slice, your sweet self and maybe a few hula dancing hotties, he may just rock up?

    • Thanks Mrs H! The slice is scrumptious and thanks for the segue thumbs up! I wonder if Leo and Kate would eat this slice or does it have too much butter for those Hollywood types? 😁

  5. Hi there Cheergerm

    I hope you’ve had a good week.

    I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog and that I have nominated your blog for the Liebster award. If you’d like to take part you can find more information at http://wp.me/p4HW6h-2vY

    It might be a great opportunity for you to share your own story with your readers ☺

    Take care


    • Hello Mr Yummy, aka Gaz. Thanks so much for your kind nomination for this award. Whilst I have already received one, it’s lovely that you thought of my wee blog. I am a tad ‘behind’ on accepting a few awards but hope to get to some form of acknowledgement soonish. I may bend a few ‘rules’ when doing so, I am such a rebel! I enjoy reading your blog and living vicariously through your restaurant reviews! Ciao for now, Cheergerm. 😁

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