Tuesday, February 24, 2009

TWD - Caramel Crunch Bars


This week’s TWD recipe was chosen by Whitney of What’s Left on the Table and is caramel crunch bars. There is a photo of this recipe in the book and I have often looked at it, thinking how delicious these bars look.

When looking through other TWDers comments, I saw that a few people said that they thought the slice was too thin and next time they would make it in a smaller tin. I like my slices to be more thick than thin so I used a 23cm square tin. The base is a shortbread type base, studded with chocolate chunks – I used bittersweet, but Dorie said you could use milk if you prefer. I love milk chocolate but I often find it to be too sweet in baking.

The topping is melted chocolate with toffee bits sprinkled over the top. Now, I did have a prized packet of toffee bits (you cant get them in NZ) but they were so delicious, even though I used most of them to make cookies, I actually ate the rest straight from the bag! So I got some werthers original toffees and roughly cut them – I think putting them in the food processor would have been a good idea too.

Dorie suggested eating this slice with ice –cream – like making ice-cream sandwiches from them. I think that would work well if you made the slice in a larger pan and had thinner slices. I loved my thicker slices just as they were. In fact I loved this recipe and I can see it becoming a firm favourite!! See if the other TWDers liked it as much as I did here.

23 comments:

n.o.e said...

I'm glad to know that the thicker slices worked well. Mine were so thin that they just crumbled a lot. But still delicious. Yours look fabulous!
Nancy

Megan said...

Wow - yours look better than the picture in the book!

Elyse said...

Mmm, these look absolutely delicious. What great flavor combinations!

doughmesstic said...

Oooh these look good! I wish I had made mine in a smaller pan...so smart of you.

pinkstripes said...

I made mine in the called-for pan and they were plenty thick, maybe a little too thick. They look like they were the same thickness as yours.
Anyway, your caramel crunch bars look great. These were so delicious. I loved them.

Marthe said...

Yum, this looks delicious!!

Tracey said...

Your bars look wonderful! Glad you enjoyed them!

Di said...

That looks great, Tammy. I went with a smaller pan as well. It seemed to work pretty well.

Jules Someone said...

These look delicious. I was pretty happy with the thickness in the bigger pan. Go figure.

The Food Librarian said...

Your cooks look great. Mine were really thin so I think yours are great!!!

Cakelaw said...

These look great Tammy. I used Werthers toffees as well, but processed them, and found that I was a little too energetic with the blitzing - so I had mainly toffee crumbs.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Gorgeous bars Tammy! Those toffee bits look delicious! I wonder what they taste like? They look like the inside of a Dime bar to me.

Amanda said...

These look perfect, nice job! Mine were a bit crisp, but still tasty :)

Beth said...

The Werthers is a good idea! I used mini-Heath bars, and they were good, but I think the straight toffee would have been awesome.

chocolatechic said...

I made mine in a smaller tin too.

TeaLady said...

werthers would be a great substitute. Good idea. Your bars look really yummy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks good! i made mine a tad thicker, too...and they were too thick for ice cream sandwiches!

kim said...

i am definitely going for the smaller pan next time! glad you liked them :) they are way too addictive for me to make them again soon, hehe.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks good! i like a thicker slice, too!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh, i already commented...how silly of me! :)

Teanna said...

I wish I tried the thicker slices as well! Oh well, next time! Your bars look great!

Leslie said...

I agree, these were scrumptious! Yours look so inviting, I want to reach into the screen and sneak one while you aren't looking! It's a good idea to use Werthers, I think I might try that next time.

Engineer Baker said...

I agree - thicker was better with these. Beautiful job!