Croatian Chocolate Torte (Bajadera Squares-Bajadera šnite)
This recipes is a rendition of the famous chocolate treat created by Croatia's top chocolate producer. Τhis version uses torte wafers, which may be purchased at Croatian or other European delicatessen.
1 cup water
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cups (2 ½ sticks) usalted butter or margarine
1 lb tea biscuits, crushed (or graham cracker crumbs)
2 ½ cups shredded coconut
cup rum brandy
3 torte wafers (square crispy wafers available at Croatian or European grocers)
For the glaze
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter of margarine
6 to 7 squares (6 to 7 ounces) semisweet chocolate
1. Ηeat the water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the butter, followed by the biscuit crumbs, coconut and rum. Mix well using a wooden spoon until combined and then remove from heat.
2. Take one torte layer from the package and place on a serving tray. Spread half of the filling on this layer. Top with another torte layer, pressing down lightly all over the layer. Now spread the remaining filling over this layer and top with a third torte layer, once again pressing down lightly.
3. To make the glaze: combine the butter or margarine with the chocolate in a bain marie. Allow to melt and then stir well to make a smooth paste.
4. Pour over the torte, and then place torte in the refrigerator to allow glaze to set.
5. Cut into squares before serving.