|The "Lovely Cakes" Recipe
||[Oct. 24th, 2006|03:49 pm]
I thought I'd post the recipe for what AR called the "Lovely Cakes" given to him on my trip to NYC. Warning: These pastries have been known to contribute to an individual's pudge! They are definitely habit-forming as you will see in future posts about my encounters with AR! Bake these at your own risk!
I"m sorry I don't know how to convert the measurements into metric!
Alan Rickman's "Lovely Cakes" Recipe:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit)
Grease cake pan 13" X 9"X 2"
2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup ( 1 1/2 sticks ) butter or margarine (I used butter)
1 egg slightly beaten
2 cups ( 12 ounces ) semi-sweet chocolate chips--divided
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts ( I used pecans )
1 can ( 14 ounces ) Sweetened condensed milk,( NOT Evaporated milk!!!)
1 3/4 cup ( 10 ounces) English Toffee chips--divided, ( Can break up toffee candy if bagged chips are not available) (Best not to use chocolate-covered toffee bits but you may do so in a pinch!)
Stir together flour and brown sugar.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
Mix in egg
Stir in 1 1/2 cups chocolate and all of the nuts
Set aside 1 1/2 cups of this mixture
Press remaining mixture into bottom of prepared baking pan
Bake 10 minutes Remove from oven
While crust is hot, pour all of the Sweetened Condensed Milk evenly over top.
Sprinkle evenly 1 1/2 cup toffee bits
Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly over toffee layer
Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over crumb layer
Bake 350 degrees (F) for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned
Remove from oven
Sprinkle reserved toffee bits while still hot
Cool completely on wire rack before cutting
Makes 48 square cookie bars or "Lovely Cakes"
May be frozen!
2006-10-24 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, they sure are "Lovely"! Must be excellent, thank you for the recipe! By the way, could you please tell me where can I find the English Toffee chips here in Italy? I don't know where to look for them. Thank you so much in advance!
Sorry, I didn't meant to be anonymous in my previous comment, it's always me. =))
Oohhh! Those look sinfully delicious!! They are going to be a definite "must try" for me. I'll let you know how well I did! -Vicki
2006-10-26 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing me here. I've printed the recipe, and I shall go out tomorrow for supplies. Must admit, 'English toffee chips' had me stumped (I'm from the UK), but I've guessed it's just plain old toffee brought under the hammer.
I think these cookie bars have now GOT to be officially renamed 'Lovely Cakes' in honour of Mr. Rickman.
I second the motion of the official name change.....all those in favor?
2006-11-18 02:43 pm (UTC)
from New Jan - just had to come back and tell you what a huge success these 'cakes' were, but very addictive. I made them for Halloween, and although I let my kids in on the secret as to why they were called 'lovely cakes', I didn't tell hubby. He may not have enthused so much had he known Mr. Rickman had tested them first! I have the ingredients to make them again - although my figure won't thank me. Thanks again for posting the recipe.
2006-11-18 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Lovleyl Cakes
Dear New Jan,
I'm glad your family enjoyed the "Lovely Cakes"! Did you really have to smash up toffee candy with a hammer? Next time, contain it inside a plastic bag and wrap a tea towel around it before you go after it with your hammer! Maryland
PS What did your kids say? How old are they? One of these days you'll have to spring the info on your husband! You can threaten to run away and become the personal pastry chef to the Rickman/Horton household! I'm keeping that one in reserve myself! If you aren't the "toffee-hammer" lady I apologize. I can't remember who emailed me about the smashed toffee!
2006-11-19 12:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Lovleyl Cakes
From New Jan -
Yes, it was me who had difficulty with the toffee, but it wasn't the hammer - I had to chop it with a knife, and the bits were flying everywhere. I hammered the nuts, but didn't think about doing the same with the toffee. (Being a Brit, I do understand why AR called them 'cakes'.)
My daughter (8) understood. She feels the same about Draco and Cedric as I do about Snape (well, not exactly the same I hope!). My son (14) just raised his eyes to heaven. He's quite used to these tenuous links with AR that I collect.
I'm very jealous of your meeting with him, and the lovely photo you had taken, but I've decided it might be best if I didn't meet him. I know the scenario in my head goes much better than what would really happen (ie me just shining like a beacon and babbling like an insane woman - I'm convinced I would address him as 'Mr. (Rick) Wakeman').
Do Socialists have pastry cooks? Think you might have to rethink your dream there! I know - he contacts you because he wants you to make the Lovely Cakes for his birthday party, and not only does he pay you handsomely, you also get an invite to the party (and a dance of course).
Thanks again for the recipe. Luckily, I've forgotten to get the toffee pieces, so can't make the cakes for another week. I can feel the weight going on as I eat them. Lol.