Fat witch coconut bars

Lynnda Cloutier Recipe

By Lynnda Cloutier eatygourmet


Headnotes from the book:
the toasted coconut and touch of spicy cinnamon will transport you to the tropics, even if you bake these bars in the dead of winter. The flavor improves overnight, so make them a day ahead if possible


10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 1/4 sticks
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon +2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
two large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of cinnamon
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Directions Step-By-Step

grease a 9 x 9" baking pan with butter. Dust with flour and shake out the excess. Preheat the oven to 350°.
To make the crust, mix the butter, flour and Brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix first with a wooden spoon, then knead with your hands. Spread the dough evenly into bottom of the prepared baking pan, flatten with your fingers. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is light Golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
While the crust is in the oven, make the topping. Beat both of the sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well combined, you can use the same bowl is the crust was mixed in. Add the condensed milk and blend thoroughly.
Measure flour, baking powder and cinnamon and then sift together directly into the batter. Mix the batter gently until well mixed and no trace of the dry ingredients remains.
Add the coconut and mix well by hand. Spread the batter evenly onto crust and return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes or until the top is turning Golden Brown.
Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for at least one hour. Cut just before serving. Makes 12 to 16 bars.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts

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Lynnda Cloutier eatygourmet
Sep 23, 2013
Sure, Lynette. Let us know what you think.
Lynette Sullivan Lynettemarie60
Sep 23, 2013
Thanks for the info, I'll try it...
Lynnda Cloutier eatygourmet
Sep 23, 2013
Good question, Lynette. I'm not sure. But you know what? I'd try it, as long as you aren't affected by salt and blood pressure.
Lynette Sullivan Lynettemarie60
Sep 23, 2013
Can I use salted butter for this recipe?