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2.28.2009

Chocolate Cashew Mazurka Bars

This is my entry for the Quaker True Delights "Be Delighted" recipe contest. The prize is a trip for 2 to Chicago and the Outstanding in the Field Dinner being held there. I am excited to enter these Mazurka Bars because cashews are my favorite nut and chocolate, well chocolate goes with everything. I have been intrigued with Mazurka Bars ever since reading "Bread Alone" by Judith R. Hendricks, in which mazurka bars were a featured treat in the bakery, where the book was set. I don't care much for fruit bars and decided to try a chocolate version. I hope you like it.


Chocolate Cashew Mazurka Bars

Filling:
1 1/2 cups Ghirradeli 60% cocoa bittersweet chips

Pastry:
1 1/4 unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup of cold unsalted butter cut in chunks
1/2 cup firmly packed coconut
3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal-not instant
1/2 cup salted roasted cashew, ground medium fine

preheat oven to 325 degrees
in the bowl of a food processor add the flour, salt, sugar and butter pulse until it resembles course meal
pour into a bowl and stir in the coconut, oatmeal and cashews
place 3 cups of this mix in an 8X8 un-greased pan pat in place with finger tips
cover with wax paper and press the crust firmly down in place
remove wax paper and save
sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the bottom crust being careful to stay 1/2 inch away from the edge
sprinkle remaining crust over the top
cover with wax paper again and press down firmly making the top smooth
remove wax paper
bake in 40-50 minutes until top is semi set
remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes
cut around the edge of the pan then cut in to bars
remove to cooling rack and cool completely

4 comments :

  1. Sounds good. Good luck with the contest!

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  2. I made these, and they are delicious, but I would start out by baking them for just 30-35 minutes instead of 60-70 minutes. If I had baked mine for longer than 35 minutes, they would have burned.
    It probably depends a little on the temperament of individual ovens. :-)

    Otherwise, these are amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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