Thursday, January 13, 2011

Almond Chocolate Fudge Bars

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These were made and brought into class by an instructor of mine one time. Quite tasty, and more than a little addictive!

Crust:

1/2 cup ground almonds
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter
1 large egg

Process dry ingredients to a course meal in a food processor, or by using a pastry cutter. Add butter and egg and mix or process until a dough forms; don't overmix or the dough will become tough.

On a floured surface, roll out dough into a large rectangle. Place dough in a greased and floured 9 x 13 baking pan. Perforate dough randomly with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Cool completely.

Fudge Topping:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs butter
1/4 tsp almond or vanilla extract
12 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips

Stir the mil, sugar, butter and extract over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved, being careful not to scorch or boil the milk. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Spread over cooled crust and chill.

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