Chocolate coconut squares Recipe

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serves:

16

Skill:

easy

Cost:

cheap

Prep:

15 min

Cooking:

12 min
(plus cooling time)

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 280 kCal 14%
Fat 6g 9%
  -  Saturates Arrayg 0%

Fancy a sweet treat? These chocolate and chocolate squares are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Combine a dense base made from biscuits, chocolate and coconut, a creamy custard filling and a rich chocolate topping to make these treats. They require a short time in the oven and a little chilling, but once you’ve whipped them up they can be used for parties, afternoon tea or even a naughty lunchbox treat for the kids.

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) digestive biscuits
  • 100g (3½ oz) butter
  • 60g (2oz) plain chocolate, in chunks
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100g (3½ oz) desiccated coconut
  • 40g (1½ oz) pecan nuts, chopped
  • For the filling:
  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter
  • 2tbsp custard powder
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3tbsp milk
  • For the topping:
  • 100g (3½ oz) plain chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 15g (½ oz) butter
  • 18cm (7in) square tin, lightly buttered

Method

  • Put the biscuits in a polythene bag and use your knuckles to crush them to crumbs.

  • Heat the butter with the chocolate in a big bowl, in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water, until just melted. Take off the heat and stir in the egg. Stir in the biscuit crumbs, coconut and pecan nuts.

  • Press the mixture into the tin, levelling the top with the back of a spoon. Bake in oven for 12 mins at 180C/350F/Gas mark 4. Leave to cool.

  • To make the filling: Beat all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Tip the biscuit base out on to a board. Spread with the filling and chill for an hour, or until firm.

  • To make the topping: Melt the chocolate with the butter in a bowl in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Cool for a few minutes. Spread over the custard filling. Cool until set. Cut into squares.

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These will keep for a week in the fridge. Not suitable for freezing.

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