Come Party With Me: Oktoberfest — Dessert
The Black Forest is a wooded region in Southwestern Germany. It's from this area that Black Forest ham and Black Forest cake originated. Traditionally the confection consists of layers of chocolate cake, kirsch, and sour cherries, but this recipe uses those ingredients to make crumb bars.
At an event like Oktoberfest, where lots of beer may be consumed, it's nice not to worry about cutting and plating a cake. These super chocolatey portable bars can be set out at the start of the party, and guests can enjoy them at their leisure without utensils. For the make-in-advance recipe, please From Martha Stewart Ingredients 1 1/4 cups dried cherries, coarsely chopped Directions Makes 9 large or 1 dozen small.
Chocolate-Cherry Crumb Bars
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks), all but 2 tablespoons cut into small pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (about 3 ounces), lightly toasted
2 cups plus 7 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 large egg
2 tablespoons kirsch (optional)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
Vegetable oil cooking spray
From Martha Stewart
1 1/4 cups dried cherries, coarsely chopped
Makes 9 large or 1 dozen small.