Rich as a brownie but with a cake texture, this double chocolate coconut dessert is bursting with coconut flavor from both the coconut extract and coconut flakes. Top with toasted coconut flakes for a fancy look.
Since I started this little blog of mine I’ve paired chocolate with so many ingredients I’ve lost count. Of course, some of them have been used lots of lots of time, like peanut butter, strawberries, mint to name just a few, but coconut, coconut holds a dear place in my heart.
This chocolate coconut dessert is as easy as a dessert can get. The cake part is done in one bowl with ingredients you most likely have. Butter, sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa and coconut flakes. I used a teaspoon of coconut extract but if you don’t have any, use vanilla extract. Or chocolate extract. Or you could use imitation coconut extract. Pure coconut extract is sort of hard to find.
Bake the dessert, top with rich ganache and grab yourself a fork! Time to dig in!
These bars happened way too early in the day. It was just past 5 am. I woke up craving German chocolate cake (one of my favorites). Still sleepy and trying not to make too much noise I just dumped a few ingredients in the mixing bowl, gave it a whirl and in the oven it went. 30 minutes later and the heavenly smell of chocolate and coconut was taking over my kitchen. I could hardly wait to dig in. No time to make the frosting, all I needed was a fork.
Unfortunately my plan didn’t quite go as I hoped. The rest of the family woke up and before I knew it it was time to get out of the house and go to my weekly meeting, with a pan of brownies never tested. Nervous, but I could care less. I was seeing my friends, they have seen the best and the worst of me.
Surprisingly, the first batch got high praise but I was not quite satisfied with the results. For me they were overly sweets and somehow crumbly.
A couple of hours later I was back home and it was time to turn the oven on
This time I measured carefully all the ingredients, waited patiently by the oven door to make sure I don’t over-bake them and quickly whip up a thick ganache to take my chocolate coconut dessert to the next level.
Of course, for a fancy look you can top them with some toasted coconut but I had no time for that. All I wanted was to stuff my face with it. And so I did.
The bars are a cross between a brownie and a cake. Of course, you can call them brownies or cake but since I couldn’t quite decide I through simple chocolate coconut bars will do the trick.
They are bursting with coconut flavor from both the coconut extract and the shredded coconut. Make sure you use the sweetened coconut flakes. Not only they bring sweetness to the bars but moisture as well.
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