What Lamingtons are to the English speaking world, are Coconut Chocolate Dessert Squares aka Scruffies (čupavci) to the people in Balkans. These busy, spongecake-like squares (first they swim in chocolate, and then drape themselves in coconut), are made in under an hour. And take even less time to eat.
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Balkan Lamingtons (Čupavci)
- 13 ounces white flour plus a little more
- 2 eggs
- 10 ounces white granulated sugar
- 10 ounces milk
- 5 ounces oil plus a little more
- ½ ounce baking powder
- 10.5 ounces milk
- 10.5 ounces dark or baking chocolate
- 5 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 7 ounces shredded coconut flour
- One approximately 10x12 inches baking pan
- (Biscuit) Heat oven to 200°F. Combine all biscuit ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes (if mixing by hand then 3 to 5). Biscuit paste should be smooth, and without crumbs.
- Oil a baking pan, then dust with flour. Pour the biscuit in, and shake the pan to even the biscuit out. Place in the oven and turn the heat up to 395°F. (The oven will be warming up as the biscuit is baking, and the biscuit will rise evenly.)
- After 15 minutes bring temperature down to 355°F and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.* Use the toothpick method to see whether your biscuit is finished: take a toothpick and prick it in several places. If the toothpick comes out with crumbs, it needs more baking. If it comes out clean, the biscuit is finished.
- (Topping) In the meantime, combine all topping ingredients (except coconut flour) in a medium sized pot. Place on stove and heat over medium. Stir continuously until ingredients integrate being careful that the chocolate doesn't burn. Remove from heat.
- Pour coconut flour into a large mixing bowl. Take the pan out of the oven, and cut biscuit into approximately 24 squares.
- (Combining) While the biscuit and the topping are still warm dip each square first into the topping and then coconut. Use an even, fast movement while dipping. To achieve the best taste squares should be covered with chocolate, but not drenched in it.**
- Store in the fridge on a plate covered with foil (or in plasticware) for up to a week.