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Monday, June 26, 2006

Bajadera - Chocolate bars

This tasteful treat is very rich, so please remember to serve it in thin slices. It is not difficult to make, although it seem to be difficult. This recipe is homemade version of very famous chocolate treat from Kraš, biggest chocolate company in Croatia. This recipe is for about 35 to 40 slices

2 cups of granulated sugar
1 and a quarter cup of butter (unsalted)
3 cups ground tea biscuits (Arrowroot type)
3 cups ground walnuts
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
1 teaspoon rum or rum extract (optional)

3 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon butter
6 ounces semisweet chocolate

Boil 1 cup of water in medium-size pot and add sugar. Boil slowly so water evaporates until mixture slightly thickens. Then add tea biscuits, ground walnuts and butter, creamed before. Mix it all together, until dough forms. Remove it from the heater and divide it in two halves. Take one half and knead grated chocolate into it (you can also add rum if you like)

Now make your hands wet with water to prevent the chocolate dough to stick on them. Put that chocolate dough in a baking dish, greased previously. Recommended size of a dish is about 28x33cm (or 11x13“). After putting chocolate part, take lighter dough (one without chocolate) and place it on top of dark one. Press it evenly on every part. And go to creating the glaze.

Heat the milk in a small pan together with butter and sugar. Very gently. After the butter has melted add the chocolate and stir them together. When the glaze became smooth, pour it over the dough in the baking dish. Let it cool down slowly and then put it in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, the more the better.

Cut it in small bars and serve it.


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