Posted on | September 13, 2011 | 4 Comments
Dedicated to Sarah, stuck in the hospital and on a diabetic diet. Love ya!
What makes a Mommy Brain recipe, you might ask?
There are a few criteria: Is it quick? Easy? Can it be done with one hand? Easy to freeze? Can it be done while there are a million things going on around you?
Is it impossible to screw up no matter how hard you try?
These are all important things. And this lovely little dessert recipe falls under that last criteria.
I got this recipe from Il Duce over at Fascist Foodie. It had few ingredients, a quick prep time and frankly looked good. I decided to make it for a potluck.
Here’s the run down. (Go to his site to get proper instructions).
- 1 cup graham crumbs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts/pecans
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 can condensed milk
Mix graham crumbs with cooled melted butter.
Get screaming baby up from her nap and hold her squirmy, 18 lb mass while trying to pat the crust firmly at the bottom of a baking dish with the 2 fingers you can be sure are clean.
Finally give up and place baby beside work area. Fantasize about baby’s happy memories of working with Mummy in the kitchen a là Like Water For Chocolate.
Remember when you could watch movies over and over and over? Yeah. Those days are gone.
Lament past life.
Turn around to wash hands properly.
Damn you super-cute-but-totally-useless purple booties.
Remove booties from graham crust.
Remove baby from counter and put her in jolly jumper.
Remove screaming baby from jolly jumper and place her in swing.
Remove screaming baby from swing and lie her down on the mat.
Remove screaming baby from mat. Hold baby for the duration of cooking process.
Skip measuring out ANYTHING. Rip open all packages with your teeth and dump unceremoniously on the crust.
Add the condensed milk.
Realize too late that you’re pouring baby formula on top because the cans are flipping identical.
Open the condensed milk and pour over top.
Use stray chopstick to mix this around with the filling trying not to disturb the fragile crust.
(Curse yourself for not mixing the filling in a separate bowl earlier as Il Duce suggests.)
Preheat oven to 350.
Cue sugar addicted toddler.
As it’s only 8am and it looks like barf, refuse.
Banish both children to another room. Turn on Toopy and Binoo. Run back to kitchen because Toopy kinda gives you the creeps.
Cook the bars for 25 minutes, plus an extra 5 minutes or so to evaporate the formula.
It surprisingly looked just like the picture when it came out.
Cut it up into crumbly little squares.
Eat at least a quarter of the tray before noon and smile with a solid poker face at any compliments at the accursed potluck.
Thanks Il Duce!
Prep time approximately 7.5 hours.