Friday, November 04, 2005
Cinnamon Tosca Squares
This is a very yummy treat that I first encountered when I was studying at university. My dear friend Kristin made this for, I think, a birthday party, and it was love at first bite. I begged her for the recipe, and I've had that hidden away in my "make-soon"-stash ever since. Embarrassingly enough, I recently found it and made it myself - for the first time. What kept me so long? These are great!
I modified her recipe just a bit - I made half of the bottom (so feel free to double my measurements) but all of the topping, as I really like the chewy, crispy coconot crunch. And I added cinnamon to the topping, very yummy! These freeze very well, and are indeed great to munch on straight from the freezer. Dangerous!
Cinnamon Tosca Squares
3 dl sugar (1 cup + 3 tbsp)
1,5 dl flour (1/2 cup + rougly 2 tbsp)
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar
pinch of salt
90 g butter, melted
75 g butter
2 dl sugar
150 ml cream (low-fat is fine)
100 ml golden syrup
200 g shredded coconut
1 tbsp cinnamon
Start with the bottom. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (~400F). Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy. Add all the other ingredients - I sift everything to avoid lumps - and stir until smooth. Pour into a lined roasting pan, and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the topping. It's very easy - mix everything in a saucepan, let the butter melt and stir. Bring to a boil. Then, when the cake is done, just smear this over the top, and bake for another 10 minutes. It might look a little liquid when you take it out, don't worry - it will firm up.
Let it cool, and cut into squares.
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The chocolate lover in me says it would be good to sprinkle chocolate chips on top! What do you think?
*Did you use sweetened coconut or unsweetened?
Raquel - I live in such a sweet-challenged country that we don't have chocolate chips (of course, you can always chop your own!) OR sweetened coconut. :) So this is just regular, dry coconut flakes, no sugar. :)
I just realized that theese squares sounds just like the delicious ones that one of my colleagues made for our fredagsfika (but without the cinnamon of course). He called it SAP-kaka as we all worked with the SAP R/3 system. I tried his recipe but it was a total disaster as I didn't bake the bottom long enough, so the topping sank through it.... Fredrik quickly named the creation härdsmälta... I never blogged about it as I was too ashamed :-)
No chocolate chips in your country? Would you like for me to send you some? I could send so many varieties, it would make your head spin!
Anyway, the Tosca Squares look delicious!
I just HAVE to try this cake out!
I tried two recipes from your wonderful blog in one day. Both of them (including this one) were a success! Thank you!
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