Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Crunchy Chocolate Bars

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I just bought a new book, Leiths Baking Bible at my local bookstore. I was pretty excited, since getting good cookbooks over here is quite a task!! I had to try out the book, and the crunchy chocolate bars just popped out to me! They seemed perfect, and super-easy!! And plus, it would use up the last of the super-huge box of oats I bought to make my favorite chocolate chip cookies!

The bars tasted soo good. I halved the recipe, and wished I hadn't. They got over within hours!!! And the best part was, the recipe took like just 5 minutes to prepare, before going into the oven!! It looked so good going into the oven -

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Crunchy Chocolate Bars
Adapted from Leiths Baking Bible
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2 sticks [225 g, 8 oz.] butter
3/4 cup [140 g, 5 oz.] light brown sugar
1 cup [140 g, 5 oz.] self-raising flour - I substituted using 1 c A.P flour + 1 tsp. b. powder + 1/4 tsp b. soda
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup [85 g, 3 oz] porridge oats
3/4 cup [85 g, 3 oz] crushed corn flakes

To finish -
140 g, 5 oz milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Instructions -
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F [180 C]. Grease and line a 11 x 7 inch tin lined with parchment. [ I didn't use]
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, until pale and fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa.
  4. Add to the butter mixture.
  5. Then add the oats and corn flakes. Mix well.
  6. The batter will be very dry.
  7. Press into the prepared tin [a potato masher will help], and bake for about 20 mins.
  8. The mixture should still be a little soft when in the oven.
  9. Mark into 16 bars while still hot, then allow to cool completely in the tin.
  10. Melt the chocolate in a using a bain marie [I melted in the microwave]
  11. Spread over the bars. When the chocolate has set, cut the bars into pieces.

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  1. looks yummmmmm... really cant resist... :)

  2. Oh my these look sooo crunchy and delicious, pass few to me na:)

  3. Nithya - Thanks! I couldn't too

    Parita - Thanks soo much! You better return soon, so that I can!!

  4. These look delicious!
    Hey, speaking of cookie dough and ice cream, that is one of the most popular flavors here and I just made some on Monday to go with next week's TWD brownies! I'll actually probably make it again because it was so good!

  5. These look and sound delicious! I love crunchy, chocolatey treats.

  6. Katrina - Ooh I'm waiting for Tuesday then!!

    Liz - Thank you! You'd surely love these then!

  7. I love bars and those look so scrumptious! a great treat!



  8. WOW does that look delicious!

  9. Cute blog! This recipe has been added to my ever growing list of things to bake. I love the idea of cornfakes baked into a chocolate bar. :)

  10. Rosa - You must try these then!

    Katie - Thank you :D

    Valerina - That was what intrigued me too! It was the main reason behind why I tried this recipe first!

  11. Oh these are totally yum Av. I love that there's barely any work to them. Will have to wait for the weather to get better & bake these delights! Will dream of crunchy bars until then!!

  12. Did you say FIVE minutes to prepare!?? And they look THAT delicious!! A winner all around! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Deeba - That's the reason why I chose this recipe first. Didn't want some humongous super involved recipe, for the first try!!

    Shari - You're welcome. Five minutes MAY have been a slight exageration :P :P But they are pretty fast!

    Natalie - Thank you!!!

  14. Hi Avanika...this looks delicious! Where did u pick up a copy of Leith's baking bible in Mumbai? I agree its tough getting certain titles in crossoword, landmark, granth and the like and I end up buying books from amazon and a lot.

  15. That looks like an instant crowd pleaser and I'm earmarking these for an upcoming event. Thankyou! :D

  16. Anushruti - Thanks!

    Lorraine - Do let me know how it goes!


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