I do recall learning to make these before I was a bride. I even made them for the day that I had my bridesmaids over to wrap the Wedding cake in foil and netting for our wedding favours. Sadly, that day I made a few errors that I am going to make sure you never make. So, pay attention to the little details and you too can serve the perfect little layer bar with your Christmas goodies.
The other thing you will need to do is to ensure fresh ingredients. Make absolutely sure your graham wafer crumbs are fresh. Taste them. Don't trust that because your package is sealed, they will be fine. Also make sure that your nuts whether you choose to use walnuts or almonds or pecans are also fresh. Taste them. The coconut I use is fine unsweetened. While you can use flaked or shredded, it cuts nicer if the bits are tiny.
So here we go .. . .
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter . . .this is important . .buy unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 tablespoons of cocoa
- 1 farm fresh egg slightly beaten
- 1 1/4 cup of graham wafers
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts
- 1 cup of fine unsweetened coconut
Put the butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt it until it is nearly but not entirely melted.
If the butter is too hot it will instantly cook your egg in the next step.
Add the cocoa and sugar and stir until it is combined.
Add the graham wafers last. Don't add all the crumbs at once. I have found that some makes of graham crumbs are more powdery and thereby can dry the mixture faster. I think you'll be okay with this amount of butter, but as I learned years ago, if the mixture is too dry, it will crumble and not cut nicely later on when it is chilled.
Your mixture will look like this . .nice and moist.
Spread the first layer into your prepared pan and chill for an hour.
Do not skip the chilling step.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter . .softened
- 2 tablespoons Birds Eye Custard Powder . .(non sweet custard powder meant to be cooked)
- 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 2 cups of icing sugar or (powdered sugar)
Cream the butter and add the custard powder and combine well.
I always use a wooden spoon in a glass bowl. Isn't it funny how we all like to use certain containers and spoons .. . (it's okay use your metal spoon in your glass bowl . .I can't see)
Add the Icing sugar next and stir slowly to combine. . .
Add the cream a drizzle at a time to make a nice smooth icing.
Beat it well with your wooden spoon until it is light.
If your some reason your icing does not look like this consistency either add a little more cream or a little more icing sugar.
With your off set spatula . .(what no off set spatula . .put it on your Christmas list .. go ahead . . . .I'll wait)
Spread it out nice and smooth or as smooth as you can.
Put it back in the fridge for an hour . .
- 6 squares of semi sweet chocolate . .I just use bakers, but you could use a really good quality if you preferred. I find that the secret is real butter.
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Put this in the microwave for half a minute.
You of course could do this in a double boiler.
Just make sure that no droplets of water or steam get into the chocolate or it will seize and you'll have a mess.
If it seems too hard let it sit for a bit and try again.
This is why you needed to line your pan . .
put it on a cutting board and use a thin knife to cut it.
The square keeps really well if it is well wrapped in your refrigerator . You may have to hide it.
Have a great day my friends. I'm off to do my Saturday cleaning.