Monday, May 02, 2005

Malted Coconut-Mocha Bars

Malted Coconut-Mocha Bars (Adapted from BH&G)

For the base

11 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling

3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
3/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder (I used Carnation)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the frosting

2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder (I used Carnation)
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 to 5 teaspoons boiling water

To make the base

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours and salt. Beat in the flour mixture until combined - it will be very thick. Scoop mixture into a 9 x 13" baking pan lightly coated with nonstick spray. Evenly pat mixture onto bottom of the pan. Bake until set - about 15 minutes.

To make the filling

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir in coconut, the malted milk powder, flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt until well combine. Gently, but quickly spread mixture over the partially baked crust. Place back in the oven and bake until the middle looks set - about 20 to 25 minutes more. Remove and set on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together confectioners' sugar, malted milk powder, vanilla, and just enough of the boiling water to make the frosting spreadable.

Using an off-set spatula, evenly spread icing over the bars.

Makes about 24 bars.

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  1. I made these yesterday in the midst of a Superbowl Sunday baking spree. They taste great but I had a problem with the icing. I had to double it in order to get it to completely cover the bars. Does the 2 1/2 cups of sifted sugar refer to measuring the sugar after you've sifted it? I'm guessing that was my problem. Regardless, no one complained!

  2. Michelle - Yes, after it has been sifted.

    Just for future reference - if it reads " xxx sifted confectioners' sugar" that means measure it after it has been sifted.

    If it says "xxx confectioners' sugar, sifted" - measure it all out, then sift. Hope that helps!

  3. That's what I figured as I was reading the recipe but I was lazy and just measured it beforehand. Serves me right. Thanks - now I know!