Chocolate Coconut Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bars
Chocolate coconut bars with chocolate ganache coating.
Sweet accompaniment to your morning coffee or tea with distinctive flavor. The combination of the coconut yellow color with the color of chocolate makes it more aesthetically interesting.
Try it.
work: 45′ time: 01h:30′ medium: /5
Chocolate Coconut Bars

Cake- 1st layer (20 pieces)

  • 250g/ 8.8oz butter, room temperature
  • 400g/ 14oz sugar
  • 280g/ 10oz flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cream of tartar
  • 70g/ 2.5oz cocoa powder

2nd layer

  • 300g/ 10.6oz dried coconut
  • 1 can sweetened milk
  • ½ tsp yellow food color (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
In medium size bowl mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and cocoa. Leave aside for a while.
In the mixer bowl at medium speed beat the butter and the sugar for 5 minutes, until fluffy and become creamy.
Add the vanilla and eggs one by one, beating well with each addition.
Add the flour mix beating in low speed just for the ingredients to combine. Do not beat more than that.
Empty the beaten chocolat mix to a buttered and floured baking pan 20×30 cm/ 8"×12".
In a bowl mix the sweetened milk, coconut, food coloring and vanilla.
Mix well to combine.
Pour the coconut mixture over the chocolate mixture, we have put into the pan, spreading across the surface.
Bake in preheated oven at 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas 4 for 40'-45'. Test with a knife blade deep in the center of the pan, to come out clean.
When cooked, remove onto a rack to cool completely before you cover it with Ganache.

Ganache (cover)

  • 200g/ 7oz dark chocolate
  • 200g/ 7oz fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
In small saucepan, heat the fresh cream to the boiling point. Remove from heat. Add the butter and stir to melt.
At the same time, cut the chocolate into pieces in a bowl and put it to melt slightly in the microwave or bain marie.
Pour the hot fresh cream into the bowl with the chocolate.
Allow 5 minutes covered and then stir to mix the ingredients.
Spread the ganache across the surface of the baked cake after it has cooled down completely.
Cut into pieces only after the cover has solidify completely.
Chocolate Coconut Bars If you do not want to use food coloring, you can leave it as it is, white. The only difference is that you will have a white layer instead of yellow.
The amount of coconut to add in relation to the amount of sweetened milk, so we have a somewhat dilute mixture has to do with how dry (moisture content) is the coconut. I would advise you to add the coconut slowly until you get the desired mix.

Zambia Sifaki