This chocolate fudge-like slice is officially called Grandma’s Bars, but in our house we know it as “Grandma’s Bras”. This silly name first came about due to a slip of the tongue, but as you can imagine, giggles erupted and now the offical name never gets used. “Grandma’s Bras” it always will be. (Sorry Grandma!)
Every time I make this slice I get asked for the recipe. It’s always a favourite and is very moreish…and very easy to make (but you knew that!).
- 250g Milk Arrowroot or Marie biscuits
- 180g butter, chopped
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
- 2 Tbsp cocoa
- 2 tsp vnilla extract
- Lightly grease a 20cm square cake or slice pan. Line with baking paper, extending 5cm above rim.
- Crush biscuits in a food processor and process until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Place butter, sugar, milk, cocoa and vanilla in a pan on medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Add butter mixture to biscuits. Stir until combined.
- Press mixture into prepared pan. Cover and chill for 4 hours, until firm. Remove from pan. Cut into squares.
Can add walnuts, chopped Glace cherries, apricots, licorice allsorts...let your imgination go wild!
This year I decided to make Grandma’s Bras for the kid’s teachers as a small Christmas gift. It cuts really nicely and looks quite special. It should be kept refigerated but will survive well outside the fridge if it is not a very hot day.
You can add things to vary the Grandma’s Bars recipe. For Christmas I added chopped glace cherries. You could also add chopped jelly lollies, licorice allsorts, apricots, or nuts, but just plain without extras is actually the best in my opinion.
This Grandma’s Bras recipe actually has no chocolate in it. It’s hard to believe because it’s so yummy and chocolatey. The cocoa and butter and milk do a wonderful job together!
Grandma’s Bras slice freezes very well. I made a double batch in slice trays and let it set in the fridge. Then I cut it up and placed it in a shallow container and popped it in the freezer. As my girls had their final piano lesson, etc, I could simply remove the slice from the freezer, fill a jar and put the rest back in the freezer. Then I topped the jar lid with a piece of fabric and a ribbon and tag. Just a small gift to convey Christmas cheer and gratitude for the work they have done this year.
What have you made for your kid’s teachers this year? Leave your good ideas in the comments.