Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My first Dorie challenge



I was so excited when my first Tuesdays with Dorie challenge turned out to be snickery squares. When my book arrived last week and I excitedly flicked through it, that was one of the recipes that really caught my eye!! Plus, last week after making my tarts for Hay Hay It’s Donna Day, I had the good part of a can of caramelised condensed milk leftover. And as an extra bonus, I was planning on baking a caramel type slice to take down to my sisters in Napier in the weekend. Hayley, my youngest sister loves caramel slice and so the snickery squares was the perfect recipe!

Tuesdays with Dorie is a special blog challenge for those who own the book, From your home to mine by Dorie Greenspan. The recipes that have been baked in the past all looked so good, I really had to get my own copy. I was not disappointed when it arrived. Despite the fact that it is a beautiful book, it is crammed with the most wonderful looking recipes which I cant wait to try!!!

The snickery squares are named that because of their resemblance to snickers bars. I don’t really like snickers bars – I don’t like nuts with chocolate (I eat the chocolate off scorched almonds and throw the almond out, even though I really love almonds by themselves!). But the snickery squares were pretty darn good!



The bars are basically a shortbread base with caramel, then a layer of caramelised salted peanuts, a layer of chocolate and then some more caramelised peanuts on top. The slight saltiness of the peanuts tastes great with the sweetness of everything else! The only thing that went wrong was that my chocolate topping seized!! So I had to make more and it ended up quite a thick layer of chocolate on top. It did make it quite hard to cut – especially as the caramel is not cooked onto the base and so is quite oozey. The chocolate topping was butter and chocolate melted together – I usually do chocolate with a bit of cream. I would make these bars again and I cant wait to keep cooing from this book – it is awesome!!

Sorry about the bad photos – I only got the chance to take a quick one on Friday night when I made the slice. The lighting in the 1970s house is not that great!!!!!

14 comments:

chelley325 said...

Welcome to the group! Your squares look fabulous!

amanda. said...

Yum! They look delicious! Welcome to TWD!

noskos said...

They look great!! It was my first TWD bake also and I had big fun too!

Cakelaw said...

These look terrific Tammy. I am a sucker for nuts, chocolate and caramel, so these are my idea of heaven.

Mary said...

welcome! photos look great....yum!

April said...

They look wonderful! Welcome to the group!

Di said...

Congrats on your first TWD recipe! It looks like they turned out great.

Marie said...

Well done on your first completed challenge! Your squares look decadently fabulously delicious dahlink!! Welcome to the group!

Erin said...

Looks great! I'm glad you liked your first TWD recipe!

Gretchen Noelle said...

How great that even though you don't love nuts & chocolate together you did love these! Yeah!

Engineer Baker said...

Even in 1970s-house lighting, those look delicious! Welcome to the group!

Jhianna said...

Welcome and great job!

Jaime said...

welcome to TWD :) great job, glad you enjoyed your first recipe!

Anonymous said...

After reading your bog I was inspired to make these myself. Taking on board your comment about the caramel, rather than using the ready made caramel, I decided to boil a can of condensed milk for 4 hours. This created a very firm caramel that held its shape well. This slice was a big hit here. Keep up the great work Tammy you are a great cook and inspiration.