1cupcrushed chocolate flavored biscuits(or cookies, see notes)
1 1/2cupdessiccated coconut(unsweetened)
1cupsweetened condensed milk
1cupchopped glace cherries (see notes)
few drops of pink food colour(optional)
1cupchopped dark chocolate
for the Base
Preheat 350F/180C. Line a 8in x 12in (20cm x 30cm) baking pan with non stick paper.
Crush the chocolate biscuits (cookies) or grind in the food processor until fine crumbs. Combine with sifted flour and cocoa and remaining ingredients for base and press into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
For the Filling:
In a large bowl mix together coconut, condensed milk, cherries and food color ( if using) spread evenly over the hot base and return to oven for a further 15 minutes.
Place chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds on high, stir and repeat. Microwave the chocolate in 3 (20-second) intervals, stirring between each. Allow to stand for a few minutes. Stir again. If the chocolate has not totally melted. Try another 10 seconds in the microwave. Be careful not to overheat or you will burn the chocolate.
Spread over slightly warm slice - the warmth of the filling will help you spread the chocolate topping
Allow the chocolate topping to set but not harden completely or it will be hard to cut into neat squares. You can cool the slice in the refrigerator until just set or leave at room temperature overnight to set. Cut into 30 squares.
Self raising flour can be substituted with 1 cup of all purpose flour plus 2 teaspoons baking powder.
I use "chocolate ripple" biscuits which can be found in Australian supermarkets. However use your favorite cocoa cookie. Alternatively any plain sweet cookie can be used. Your base will simply be a little less chocolatey.
Be sure to use unsweeteneddesiccated coconut not sweetened.
Glace cherries are also known as Candied cherries. These are found in the baking aisle of the supermarket. If you can't find them, ask a store employee to help.
1 tablespoon of oil can be used instead of butter in the chocolate topping.
Allow to set until firm but not hard before cutting into squares.