Epicure chocolate, recipes from 20 years of indulgent ideas, 191pp
edited by Kylie Walker
The Age, John Fairfax Publications, 2006
Cooking on page 32
Melbourne’s main newspaper, The Age, has been publishing recipes for many, many years and this cookbook captures 20 years worth of their chocolate and other indulgent dishes. It also celebrates the 20th birthday of The Age’s weekly food and wine section, Epicure. Looking at the publication date, the section is now into its 31st year.
According to the introduction, the section has shared more than 300 chocolate recipes, but some years were sparse, with only four such recipes published in 1991. This page-32 recipe is by a reader, Linda Nguyen.
Chewy chocolate chunk slice
1 cup self-raising flour
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
125g butter, melted
1 x 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
100g dark chocolate
100g white chocolate
½ cut chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts (optional)
icing (confectioner’s) sugar, to dust (optional)
Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line the sides of a 22cm square tin or equivalent (e.g. a lamington tin.)
Combine flour, coconut, sugar, cocoa powder, butter and condensed milk in a large bowl and mix well. Spread mixture into the prepared pan.
Roughly chop the dark and white chocolate into chunks and press into base. Sprinkle nuts over the base (if using).
Bake for about 25 minutes. Make sure it’s still a little soft when taking out of the oven (the softer it is, the more fudgy it is!).
Remove from the oven and cool in the pan. Cut into squares. Dust with icing sugar to serve, if desired.
Makes 16 pieces.
How it played out
Oh my, oh my, oh my! What a brilliant recipe for using chocolate.
I followed the recipe as written—good grief, what would I change? Used chopped walnuts, dark chocolate buds that I broke up a bit, and white chocolate chips.
Made this to share with our daughter, Petra, and her cricket team. I cut the slices a little smaller than recommended so the pieces would go further (got about 24 pieces). A bonus was that they had slightly fewer calories (kilojoules). But who’s counting?
A complete success and beautifully chewy. I should weave the word ‘decadent’ into the title. Really popular with everyone except the one lass who avoids gluten. Oops sorry, I forgot about that.
We’ve had plenty of chocolate on our travels in far flung places. But one memorable day in Germany saw us enjoying ice cream AND chocolate in the one place—Münster. Both were sensational.