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Chocolate coconut squares

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  • Serves: 16

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cooking time: 12 mins

    (plus cooling time)

  • Total time: 27 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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

Nutritional information

Each portion contains:

  • Calories280

    14%

  • Fat6.0g

    9%

of an adult’s guideline daily amount

That’s goodtoknow

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

Method

  1. Put the biscuits in a polythene bag and use your knuckles to crush them to crumbs.
  2. 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.
  3. Press the mixture into the tin, levelling the top with the back of a spoon. Bake in oven for 12 mins. Leave to cool.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Our 10 best sandwich cake recipes

Why just have one cake when you can have two sandwiched together? Sandwich cakes are an easy cake recipe to start baking with – and they’re a perfect way to give your sponge extra flavour.

Bake two (or three, or four) sponges of your favourite cake and sandwich them together to create a baking masterpiece.

Cooking thiner, separate layers rather than a whole, hearty cake also ensures that your sponges cook quicker and more evenly, which is why sandwich cakes are perfect for first-time bakers or if you’re trying a new oven you’re not familiar with.

The filling is the fun part! You can sandwich your cakes together with jam, buttercream, fruit or even chocolate – the choice is yours! You can give your cake any flavour you wish by using a inventive filling or combination of ingredients.

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Top tips for sandwich cakes:

  • Make sure the sponges are made using the same size tin and have an equal share of the mixture.
  • Allow sponges to cool before assembling.
  • If the sponges have raised slightly, slice the top off one of the sponges to create an even base for the filling and top layer.
  • Make sure your filling is not too runny as the sponges will slide.

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