Monday, July 26, 2010

Snickers Bars:

1 cup flour

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 stick butter, cut into small pieces and chilled

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten


1/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons water

1-1/2 cups salted peanuts

1-1/2 cups store bought dulce de leche


7 ounces bittersweet chocolate

½ stick butter, cut into 8 pieces, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Put the flour, sugar, powdered sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the pieces of cold butter and pulse about 12 times, until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and pulse until the dough forms clumps, but stop before the dough comes together in a ball.

Press the dough into the buttered pan and press it evenly across the bottom of the pan. Prick the dough with a folk all over. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until it starts to take on a little color around the edges. Cool to room temperature.

Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and set aside. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the sugar and water. Stir the mixture, over medium high heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture starts to color, add the peanuts and continue to stir over medium high heat until the peanuts are coated with a nice deep amber colored caramel.

Spread the peanut mixture on the prepared baking sheet, ad thinly as possible. Once the nuts have cooled to room temperature, finely chop half of the nuts and keep the other half of the nuts in whole pieces.

Spread the dulce de leche over the baked crust and then top with the whole caramelized nuts.

To make the topping, melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the butter, mixing until the butter is fully blended into the chocolate. Pour the chocolate over the dulce de leche and smooth with a spatula. Top the chocolate with the chopped peanuts. Cool for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator before cutting into bars.