Saturday, November 21, 2009

Midsummer Night's Dream Bars

Last night I saw this stellar Pierson production, and today I'm returning for the matinee. I'll bring these bars for the kids to eat backstage.

Midsummer Night’s Dream Bars

Makes 16 bars

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
8 whole graham crackers crushed
1 cup whole almonds, finely chopped

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1 ½ cups sweetened flaked coconut

One 7-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, making sure that the foil is tucked into all the corners and that there is at least 1 inch overhanging the top of the pan on all sides.

2. Combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs in a medium mixing bowl and stir until all the crumbs are moistened. Sprinkle the mixture across the bottom of the pan and press with your fingertips into an even layer.

3. Sprinkle the chopped almonds evenly over the crumbs. Sprinkle both kinds of chocolate chips over the almonds. Sprinkle the coconut over the chocolate chips and press on it with the back of a large spoon to compact the ingredients. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the coconut.

4. Bake until the coconut is golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the pan cool completely on a wire rack. Remove the bars from the pan by grasping the overhanging foil and pulling it up. Place the bars, still on the foil, on a cutting board, and cut into 16 pieces.

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