Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
First of all, I take no credit for the above yumminess. This was all Ausha. She is getting quite good in the kitchen. Now if I could just get her to start preparing main dishes and not all these desserts...hum. These were made for a New Years Eve party. Yummy indeed.
FOR CHOCOLATE BASE
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 large egg
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
FOR COCONUT TOPPING
* 2 large eggs
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
* 1 package sweetened shredded coconut (7 ounces), 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling
1. For chocolate base: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving a slight overhang; butter bottom and sides of foil (not overhang).
2. Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; melt in microwave. Add sugar and salt; whisk to combine. Whisk in egg, then cocoa and flour until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan.
3. Bake just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan, 10 to 15 minutes (do not overbake). Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping. Keep oven on for topping.
4. For coconut topping: In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla. Gently mix in flour and coconut (except 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling).
5. Drop mounds of mixture over chocolate base; spread and pat in gently and evenly with moistened fingers. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup coconut.
6. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, peel off foil, and cut into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container 3 to 4 days.
Friday, January 28, 2011
As the fog rolled in, I stole a moment to wander about the farm. We haven't seen much snow lately. In fact, its been a few weeks since there has been any hint of a flurry. The fog, however, has been simply fabulous. Makes this mama's heart long for the ocean and its crashing waves, bay front, and clam chowder.