Chocolate Peanut Slices

Ingredients
Ingredients For Base:
  • 60gm (about 2 oz) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa
Ingredients For Topping:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup of self-raising flour
  • 60gm (2 oz) of finely chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped peanuts, extra
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut, extra
  • 60 gm (2 oz) of dark chocolate

Chris says: This recipe is really delicious but is absolutely loaded with calories - so take care!

You can reduce your preparation time by using a prepared pie crust if you like. This isn't quite as good as a hand-made base but it can certainly save you time if you're caught short.

Method
  • To prepare the base: Cream the butter and sugar together until the mix is light and creamy, then add the egg and vanilla essence to the mix and beat well
     
  • Fold in sifted flour and cocoa mix well, then turn the pastry out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth
     
  • Roll out the pastry to fit the base of a greased 28cm x 18cm (11" x 7") lamington tin. Spread the topping over the base, sprinkle with the extra nuts and extra coconut, then bake in a moderate oven 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked
     
  • Cool in the baking tin, then cut into squares and remove
     
  • To prepare the topping: Beat the eggs in a mixer until they're thick, then gradually add the sugar and beat until dissolved
     
  • Mix in the sifted flour, then the peanuts, coconut and vanilla, until the resulting mixture is smooth.
Tip!
To add a real gourmet touch, melt the 60gm of dark chocolate and drizzle it decoratively over the top of your cooled chocolate peanut slices!