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Mocha Spice Squares Recipe
 
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Mocha Spice Squares
Flavors of Mauritius
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes
Preheat oven at 175-180°C. (350°F.)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients
Ingredients
- 200 g (7 oz.) softened butter
- 200 g (7 oz.) brown granulated sugar
- 2 eggs (separated)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 125 g (4 oz.) ground hazelnuts
- 100 g (3 1/2 oz.) dark chocolate, crushed into small pieces (or chocolate chips)
- 250 g (9 oz.) flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tbsp. rum
- 3 tsp. instant coffee granules
- 3 tbsp. hot water to dissolve the coffee
- 200 g (7 oz.) icing sugar
Method
  1. With a whisk or electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar, then incorporate the eggs, one at a time.
  2. Blend in the spices, vanilla, flour, baking powder and rum until the batter is smooth and thoroughly combined. At the very end mix in the hazelnuts and chocolate chips.
  3. Butter a sheet pan that is approximately 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16"). Pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated 175° C (350° F) oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. The squares are done when a toothpick or knife point inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven.

Glaze

  1. Make the glaze by dissolving the instant coffee in the hot water. Pour over the icing sugar and mix well. Brush the glaze over the squares while still warm.
  2. Cut into 4-5 cm (2") squares once the glaze has dried and the squares have cooled.
 
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