Friday, September 9, 2011

Vanilla Chocolate Squares

By: Cindy


I love eating at a restaurant at Kentucky Lake called Miss Patti's, so I've really enjoyed their cookbook too. You really can't go wrong with any recipe in their cookbook and for our vanilla week I decided to share one of their recipes: Vanilla Chocolate Squares. 

The crust is a little tricky and maybe if you use a smaller pan it might be easier to press it in the pan.  After the chocolate chips are melted, I used a little pressure  to spread them out.  They didn't just melt and spread.  I used pecans instead of walnuts since I don't like walnuts as much.  They turned out very chocolately and good, and one of my co-workers gave them a "wow!"

Vanilla Chocolate Squares

1 1/4 cups silfted flour
1 t plus 3/4 cup sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 cup, plus 6 T butter
1 egg yolk
5 t water
4 t vanilla extract
12 oz chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Grease a 9x13 baking pan.  On wax paper sift together the flour, 1 teaspoon sugar and the baking powder; set aside.  In a medium bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter with egg yolk, water and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.  Add flour mixutre, blend well.  Press mixture with fingers into bottom of prepared pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate.  Return to oven until chocolate melts - about 10 minutes.  Lightly spread chocolate with a small metal spatula; set aside.  Meanwhile in a small mixing bowl beat eggs and 3/4 cup sugar until combined.  Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter; stir into egg-sugar mixture along with the remaining 3 teaspoons vanilla and the nuts.  Pour over chocolate layer in baking pan.  Return to oven until browned, approximately 25-30 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  If chocolate does not set, refrigerate until it hardens, about 15 minutes.  Cut into squares.

Source: Miss Patti's Cook Book

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