Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: (Crunchless) Caramel Bars

Mmmmmm ... was anyone else drooling at the mere thought of these?!

You will notice there is no 'crunch' with these bars. We can't get toffee bits in Australia and although I could have made my own English Toffee as someone suggested I decided to make a more traditional caramel slice instead. Purely because condensed milk caramel is one of my favourite things EVER.

I used Dorie's base (minus coffee and chocolate pieces) with caramel filling and melted chocolate on top. Recipe below!

Caramel Bars

1 ½ cup plain flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
240g unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Condensed Milk Caramel-
60g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 can condensed milk

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius fan-forced. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and line the base with baking paper. Put the pan on a baking sheet.

To make the base, whisk together the flour, salt and cinnamon. Using a stand mixer beat the butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the sugars and beat for another three minutes or until the mixture is light and creamy. Beat in the vanilla and turn off the mixer. Add all the dry ingredients, cover the stand mixer with a kitchen towel and pulse the mixer on and off at low speed about 5 times. Remove the towel, turn the mixer to low and mix until the dry ingredients are just incorporated and you have a very heavy, sticky dough. Scrape the dough into the buttered pan and smooth it into a thin, even layer.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the base is bubbly and just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Transfer the pan to a rack.

To make the caramel, place all ingredients in a heavy based saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to the boil, whisking continuously for approx 8 minutes or until the mixture is thick, bubbling and a deep golden brown. Don't stop whisking for even a second or you will end up with a lumpy, black mess (my first batch ended up this way but steel wool works wonders).

Pour over the cooked base and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely. When cool top with melted chocolate. Once set, slice into bars and devour.

This is a great alternative to the traditional boiled-in-the-can condensed milk caramel which I am still too afraid to try!

The taste test ...

Oh. My. God. This slice is sinfully rich. Make sure you cut into bite sized pieces! There is no way this could be made into icecream sandwiches although ... maybe chopped up and stirred through vanilla icecream? Yum!

Big thanks to Whitney of What’s Left on the Table for this week's awesome pick.

On another note, we did a little shopping over the weekend.

"Awww, sock!"
(a reference to How I Met Your Mother from last night if you saw it)

So "little" obviously refers to the size of each piece rather than quantity because check out that stash! We went a bit crazy but I don't think we bought a single thing that wasn't on a great special. There was one little jacket in particular which was $50 full price and we got it for $12.50 (and seriously $50 for that? I don't think so)

Baby stuff is just so cute!!!


  1. Wow! Your bars look absolutely amazing. The condensed milk caramel sound dangerous--in a very, very good way.

  2. Congrats on that great haul of baby clothes! It is fun!! Your bars look absolutely mouth watering!

  3. They look beautiful with the layers and I bet they're delicious!

  4. The slices look amazing. The caramel is easy to make if you have a slow cooker of sorts.

  5. OH MY those look sinfully wonderful! Mine were delicious but very crisp. I ended up using a dark chocolate on the top and they still were all gobbled up. If I had used milk chocolate I don't think they would have lasted until the next day!

  6. OH...that caramel layer looks to. die. for!

  7. AHHHH That caramel layer is perfection! Those bars look great!

  8. That is awesome! :) Besides sounding delicious, they look gorgeous!!

  9. these are looking good to me with all that caramel. mmmm!

  10. The very thought of chopping these up into pieces and stirring them into ice cream makes me drool.

  11. Those bars are a caramel lover's dream - fantastic!!!!

  12. These look like the perfect combo of a cookie and candy bar.

  13. Wow! Your caramel bars look so decadent! Yummy! Great job!

  14. Baby clothes and good food.. you are my kind of gal!

  15. Baby clothes and good food.. you are my kind of gal!

  16. Whoa, those look fabulous. Like a simplified but still delicious snickery square. Great job!

  17. Wow! Those bars look fantastic...and the clothes is too cute!

  18. I'm with you - condensed milk caramel is one of the best things ever - which is why I cover my eyes and try not to think about it too much otherwise I'll be diving into the whole tin.


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