Until this afternoon, I was not ready to bake for the HBC #2 hosted this month by Sangee Vijay. The weather had been very hot and I did not want to turn the oven on. Today, when I started preparing the cake, I changed my mind and decided to bake them into bars instead of a cake. I was not very convinced about using mango with chocolate, but I still went ahead and decided to use the recipe to bake the bars. I however, made a wet batter with mango and a dry one with chocolate, to bring a contrast in the bar. The chocolate sprinkled with brown sugar on top was almost crunchy. This bar was interesting to me because, it was moist in the base, doughy in the middle, crunchy on the top and mildly sweet. Keith our handy man had stopped by to fix our back door. I offered him the mango chocolate bar which he enjoyed a lot. He asked if I had more and he was happy to take a couple of them for the road.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
9x9 Baking pan
Makes 9 bars ( Used half of recipe given)
Pulp From 1 Ripe Mango - 1/2 cup
All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 3/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/8th tsp
Cocoa Powder - 4 1/2 tbsp ( Used Godiva Hot Chocolate Mix )
Heavy Cream ( instead of milk ) - 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp (instead of water)
Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
Brown Sugar ( instead of sugar) - 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp ( my addition for topping)
1. Set the oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl measure out flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. Remove 1/2 cup of this mix and set it aside.
2. Heat 2 tbsp of cream and drinking chocolate together. Mix with 1/2 portion of the flour mix to form a crumb like dough.
3. Mix in a bowl heavy cream, sugar, oil, vanilla essence, mango pulp and give it a mix. Mix 1/2 portion of the flour mix.
4. Line the baking pan with foil. Pour the wet mango batter into the pan and level it with a spatula. Sprinkle the chocolate crumbles evenly over the wet batter and gently press. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of brown sugar and bake for 22 minutes or until it passes the tooth pick test. Remove the foil gently out of the pan and allow it to cool. Cut into 9 cubes and enjoy them with a hot cup of tea or cold milk.