As part of the training I did for work last week, I received a tour of a helicopter manufacturing facility. Have you ever really thought about all the life saving uses of the helicopter? It was engineered and made viable by Igor Sikorsky. He was born in what is now the Ukraine in the late 1800’s. He had no formal aerospace training. He became fascinated with the idea of flying machines after reading the science fiction works of Jules Verne and after his mother showed him a book about Leonardo DiVinci. When he failed, he could always try again and that is what he loved about being a free man in America.
He knew that the helicopter would never be faster or more efficient than the airplane but he knew that it would accomplish tasks that no airplane could ever achieve.
Helicopters are used in reconnaissance and surveillance, search and rescue, as air ambulances; police use them in the pursuit of suspects, using heat sensing technology. They are used in aerial firefighting, as skycranes, used in tourism and aerial photography. The Black Hawk is the US Army’s tactical transport helicopter. The Seahawk is utilized by the US Navy. It hunts submarines with its dipping sonar and carries sonobuoys, torpedoes, radar detectors, missile launchers and the list goes on.
In appreciation for the remarkable helicopter, I made these layer bars that are sure to fly off any table. They are made in the typical Seven-Layer or Magic Bar fashion with few minor tweaks to accomodate what I had in the kitchen.
Start with a sleeve of graham crackers (9 whole crackers) Crush them and mix in 6 Tbs of butter. Press this mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
On top of this layer spread 1 cup of your choice, chopped nuts (I used equal parts walnuts, peanuts and almonds)
Over this layer, spread 1 cup of chocolate chips. Layer 1 cup of sweetened flaked coconut over top.
I added marshmellows this time but they didn’t add much so I will omit them the next time I make these. I then combined 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk with 1 Tbs peanut butter and 1 Tbs nutella.
Pour this over the layers. Bake in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.