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Anne's Cappuccino Squares

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Servings: 1
Categories: Bars / Chocolate / Desserts

    -----FIRST LAYER-----
1  cup  Flour, all purpose
1/2  cup  Confectioner's sugar
1/2  cup  Butter, softened
3  teaspoons  Instant coffee crystals, dissolved one by one
1  tablespoon  -Hot water, Butter for greasing
    -----SECOND LAYER-----
2  cups  Confectioner's sugar
1  tablespoon  Instant coffee crystals, dissolved in
2  tablespoons  Hot water
1    Egg; lightly beaten, at room
1/2  cup  Butter, softened
1/2  cup  Milk
    -----TOP LAYER-----
4  ounces  White chocolate, 4 squares
1  tablespoon  Butter
2  ounces  Semisweet chocolate, 2 sq-opt

Preheat oven to 350F. FIRST LAYER: Grease 8 inch square cake pan with butter. Mix together thoroughly flour, confectioner's sugar (icing sugar), softened butter and coffee dissolved in hot water. (You can use food processor or electric mixer). Press mixture evenly into pan bottom. Bake 10 minutes in preheated 350F oven. Cool on wire rack. SECOND LAYER: Meanwhile in large bowl, combine confectioner's sugar (icing sugar), 1 Tbsp coffee crystals dissolved in 2 Tbsp hot water, softened butter and 1 egg (lightly beaten with a fork at room temperature.) Mix until thoroughly combined. (can use food processor or electric mixer). Put milk in pot over medium heat and scald (heat until bubbles appear around sides but milk is not a rolling boil). Add mixture from bowl and heat 7 minutes over medium heat , stirring frequently at first, constantly after the mixture bubbles. (If mixture starts to stick on bottom, lower heat slightly). Let cool slightly, then pour over first layer. Tilt pan to cover base layer evenly. Chill in refrigerator half an hour or more till set. THIRD LAYER: Combine 4 oz white chocolate with 1 Tbsp butter in double boiler and melt (or melt 1 -1 1/2 minutes in microwave on High and stir ). Spread over chilled second layer with spatula or blunt knife (layer will be quite thin). OPTIONAL MARBLED EFFECT: Melt 2 oz semisweet chocolate in double boiler (or in microwave 1 - 1 1/2 minutes on High and stir). Pour melted semisweet chocolate into small Ziploc bag and seal. Snip corner of bag with scissors. Squeeze out horizontal lines of semisweet chocolate onto white chocolate layer. With a blunt knife, swirl the two chocolates together to create a marbled effect. Chill. Before the third layer is completely set, score into bars. VARIATION: Mocha Squares: substitute semisweet chocolate for white chocolate MAKES: approx 32 bars (they are very sweet, therefore the bars should be small) These are very loosely inspired by Nanaimo Bars (although the recipe does not use custard powder) and the Cappucino Bars that the Open Window Bakery sells (although the end result is very different). They are very rich and sweet. SOURCE: Anne MacLellan, : Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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