Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chocolate and Walnut Bars

It's been a real long while that I have blogged.....some commitments  take away all your attention sadly.However, it is always delightful to write a new post when in reality the drafts are full of posts that need to see the light of the day. Here, I present Chocolate and Walnut Bars....every bite is yumm..... as seen in the picture.

It is rich in taste though and wholesome with nuts and butter  & a lovely crumble as the topper ...........a simple and quick bars , a must try ......
Walnut cookie dough
Walnuts- 1 cup
Egg yolks-3
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract-2 tsp
Grated lemon zest- 2 tsp
Chilled Unsalted butter- 1 cup ( 8 oz.)
All purpose flour- 1 3/4 cups

Chocolate Raspberry filling
Raspberry preserve- 1/2 cup
Semi sweet chocolate cut into chunks- 6 oz.

Nutty crumble topping
Sugar- 2 tbs
All purpose flour- 1/4 cup
Walnuts- 1/4 cup


  • Finely process nuts in a food processor and set aside.
  • Combine egg yolks, sugar,salt,vanilla,lemon zest and butter in the food processor .
  • Start with 10-12 pulses and the continuously pulse for 5 seconds until combined
  • Add flour and walnuts and process for five seconds 
  • Scrape down and continue processing till the dough begins to form sticky crumbs but does not come together as a ball.
  • Put dough in a plastic bag or a wrap and press together to form a ball. Chill for one hour.
  • Preheat oven at 175-180C - I kept it at 180C as that is the safest temperature in my oven.
To Layer:

  • Remove a small portion of the dough and put it aside in the refrigerator.
  • Pat the remaining dough evenly on a square tin..let it reach it corners.
  • Spread the preserve evenly with a spatula.
  • Toss the chopped semi sweet chocolate all over the preserve.
  • In a food processor - pulse sugar, flour, walnuts and the saved dough to a crumble.
  • Sprinkle the crumble all over the chocolate bits.
  • Bake for 30 - 35 minutes. The top may be a little sticky to touch but that should set while the bars cool.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

Recipe source: 

From the book -Faye Levy's Chocolate Sensations as suggested by our Baking Partner Suja Manoj of Kitchen Corner - Try it . Thank you Suja and Swathi for this wonderful challenge for Baking Partners May 2014


  1. Wish i get those irresistible bars rite now straight from my lappy screen,soo delicious they are.

  2. Delicious chocolate and walnut bars vidhya love it.

  3. Welcome back dear,bars looks so irresistible..perfectly baked.

  4. so good to see u back chechi... awesome looking bars...