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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares

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The two young Missionary Sisters who are serving in the Chester Ward at the moment came over today to do some service in our garden.   We just love our Missionaries, we really do.  I did them some grilled cheese sandwiches for their lunch which I served them along with some potato chips and some of my cherished sweet pickles from home that I hoard.   They were really happy with that, but when I cracked open my Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares, they were just thrilled!

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I don't know anyone that wouldn't be thrilled to be faced with a plate of these.   Picture it . . .  you have a brown sugar, oatmeal buttery nutty fudgy cake type of base . . .   partially baked . . .

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Slathered with a rich sweet peanut buttery custard filling . . . and then topped with more of that brown sugar, oatmeal buttery nutty fudgy cake base, crumbled this time and mixed with oodles of milk chocolate bits and then baked again until the whole mass melds together  . . .

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Into something so scrumdiddlyumptious that it will be quite, quite impossible to eat just one.  Seriously.  Impossible.

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I took a bite out of one just so I could show you how very tempting they are . . .  ahem . . .  tough job but somebody's got to do it!

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*Chocolate and Peanut Butter Slice*
Makes 20

Decadent and moreish.  Bet you can't eat just one!  

300g milk chocolate, cut into bits, or milk chocolate chips (1 2/3 cups)
350g of plain flour (2 1/2 cups)
1 tsp baking powder
225g of butter (1 cup)
350g of soft light brown sugar (1 3/4 cup)
175g of rolled oats (2 cups plus 3 TBS)
70g chopped walnuts (2/3 cup)
1 large free range egg, beaten
400g tin of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated 14 ounces)
70g peanut butter (6 1/2 TBS)   

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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.   Butter a 12 by 8 inch rectangular tin really well, set aside.  (Alternately you can line the tin with baking paper and butter the baking paper. (I like to leave enough overhang to lift it out with when it is cooled in order to be able to cut it into even slices.)
Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.  Drop in the butter and rub it into the flour using your fingertips until you have a mixture resembling fine bread crumbs.  Stir in the brown sugar, oats and chopped nuts to combine all together well.  Remove a quarter of the mixture and set it aside in a bowl.  Stir the egg into the remaining mixture, mixing it in completely.  Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking tin.  Bake for 15 minutes.

While the base is baking, stir the chocolate chips/bits into the reserved crumb mixture and set aside.
Whisk together the condensed milk and the peanut butter.

Remove the partially baked base from the oven.   Pour the peanut butter mixture over the base, spreading it out evenly.   Sprinkle the chocolate bit crumb mixture evenly over top and press down lightly.  Return the pan to the oven and bake a further 20 minutes, until golden brown.  Allow to cool completely in the tin. Lift out and cut into squares to serve.   Store in an airtight container.  Delicious!

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She kissed a frog, but it didn't turn into a prince . . .  so cute.  That Sister Wagner is such a cutie pie.

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I don't know who was braver, Sister Jones or the baby frog!

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I kinda think it was the baby frog, surrounded by all of us giants.  Isn't nature amazing?  

Marie Rayner
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  1. I know a few people who will love these..

  2. Thanks Monique. They're really delicious and they cut like a dream!


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