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Introduction

Welcome to the delightful realm of Coconut Squares, where a symphony of flavors unfolds in every bite. If you’ve recently indulged in the no-bake Chocolate Coconut Bars, consider this the baked counterpart, with a twist. Imagine a fusion of rich chocolate, velvety coconut, and the subtle sweetness of sultanas and cherries, culminating in a Northern Irish-inspired traybake masterpiece.

A Culinary Symphony of Ingredients

  • Chocolate: 6oz/175g
  • Butter: 2oz/55g
  • Sugar: 4oz/110g
  • Egg: 1
  • Desiccated Coconut: 4oz/110g
  • Sultanas (Golden Raisins): 2oz/55g
  • Glacé Cherries (Candied Cherries): 2oz/55g

Pro Tip: Feel free to customize the recipe by adjusting the quantity of sultanas and cherries according to your taste preferences.

Cookware Needed

Prepare your kitchen with the essential tools for this delightful journey:

  • Square Tin: 20cm/8 inch
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Oven preheated to 350F/180C
  • Fridge for setting the chocolate

Pro Tip: Ensure success by having all ingredients and cookware ready before diving into this culinary adventure.

Instructions

Embark on this culinary journey step by step and witness the magic unfold:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350F/180C.

Step 2: Line a 20cm/8 inch square tin with parchment paper, ensuring an easy release after baking.

Step 3: Melt the chocolate and generously spread it over the base of the tin. Set it aside to harden or expedite the process by placing it in the fridge.

Step 4: In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until well incorporated.

Step 5: Add the desiccated coconut, sultanas, and glacé cherries to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix thoroughly to create a luscious, fruity blend.

Step 6: Spread this coconut concoction evenly over the chocolate base in the tin.

Step 7: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden on top. Keep an eye on the magic happening in your oven!

Step 8: Allow the coconut squares to cool until the chocolate sets again. Once cooled, cut them into squares.

Pro Tip: A dash of patience ensures the perfect texture and flavor profile in every bite.

Nutrition Facts

Let’s unravel the nutritional goodness packed into each square of Coconut Bliss:

NutrientAmount per Serving
Calories210
Total Fat14g
Saturated Fat10g
Cholesterol25mg
Sodium50mg
Total Carbohydrates20g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars16g
Protein2g

Pro Tip: While indulging in the delightful taste, savor the knowledge of the nutrition that adds a guilt-free element to your treat.

Conclusion: My Personal Experience

As I bid you adieu from this flavorful journey, let me share a glimpse into my personal experience with crafting these Coconut Squares. The kitchen, usually my realm of experimentation, was transformed into a fragrant haven as the chocolate melted, and the coconut-infused air wafted through. The symphony of ingredients, the anticipation of each step, and the joy of slicing through the perfectly set squares created a moment of culinary triumph. These Coconut Squares not only satisfy the sweet tooth but also indulge the senses in a delightful dance of flavors. My advice? Don’t just bake, savor the process, and relish every bite.

Pro Tip: The true magic lies not just in the taste but in the experience of creating something delightful.

FAQs

Q1: Can I substitute sultanas and cherries?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize your Coconut Squares by replacing sultanas and cherries with your preferred dried fruits or omitting them altogether.

Q2: How can I store Coconut Squares?

To keep the freshness intact, store the Coconut Squares in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For extended freshness, refrigerate them.

Q3: Can I use sweetened shredded coconut?

Certainly! Adjust the sweetness according to your preference. Using sweetened shredded coconut adds an extra layer of sweetness to the squares.

Q4: Can I freeze Coconut Squares?

Yes, you can freeze Coconut Squares. Ensure they are well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn. Thaw them in the refrigerator before indulging.

Q5: Can I use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate?

Absolutely! Dark chocolate adds a rich, intense flavor. Customize the chocolate to suit your taste preferences.

Pro Tip: Embrace your creativity – these Coconut Squares are your canvas for culinary expression.

Hey there! I’m Christine, a nutritionist on a mission to make healthy eating fun, delicious, and totally doable for everyone. So, let me give you a peek into my world and how I ended up here.

Growing up, I wasn’t exactly a kitchen whiz. Sure, I knew the basics of eating healthy, but cooking? That was a whole different story. It wasn’t until I started my journey as a nutritionist that I truly began to appreciate the magic of food.

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