Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!!
It can be very tricky to translate a German word/sentence, because if you do translate word by word it often does not make any sense. This cake is called Studentenschnitten, which means student slice. This does not sound so great, therefore I will call it simply, Chocolate Squares. You can buy it ready made in Switzerland, and that is what my Mother and everyone else I know used to do-we never made it ourselves…
This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover Christmas cookies and chocolate. I used a simple recipe from a Swiss chef, Annemarie Wildeisen. The base crust, which is similar to a pie crust, is from my Tiptopf cookbook. (She is using a store bought dough)
Base crust (Pie crust):
- 150g flour
- 1/4tsp salt
- 90g butter, cold
- 2tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
-Mix together flour and salt. Add butter and with a fork or pastry blender mix until it resembles fine crumbs.
-Add whisked egg and mix dough only until it holds together. Wrap in plastic foil and chill for 30 minutes.
- 300g cookies, finely ground
- 6 eggs
- 175g sugar
- 100g bittersweet chocolate or milk chocolate
- 175g butter
- 100g flour
- 150g hazelnuts or almonds, ground
- 150g dark chocolate
- 40g butter
- 3tbsp icing sugar
-Whisk together eggs and sugar. In a double boiler melt together chocolate and butter, add to egg mix.
-Combine flour, nuts and cookie crumbs. Add slowly to wet ingredients.
-Roll out base crust to fit into a 30cm square or round pan.
-Cover with the filling. Bake in a 350F/180C oven for 40-50 minutes.
-In a double boiler melt dark chocolate, add butter. Sift the icing sugar and mix well. Spread onto the cooled cake.
-Cut into squares.
(You could spread some Strawberry jelly onto the cake first, and then add the chocolate icing)
Can be kept in refrigerator for 3-4 days
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