Something Sweet – Homemade Candy Bars

From savoury to sweetI’ve been making so much savoury the last while that it was time for a sweet treat – and I mean SWEET! This is the first time I’ve made chocolate bars from scratch.  Cakes, cookies, fudge, truffles, different types of chocolate bark and even brownies is what I’m used to, but never bars.  Just never attempted to try them before. Why now? Why not!barsThis recipe happens in 3 stages. The end result tastes like a deliciously rich fudge brownie with a caramel-like consistency in the middle.  Read through the whole ingredient list and instructions before diving in. If you want to attempt this (or any candy making) I really recommend that you buy a *candy thermometer or better still, a laser thermometer for this recipe.

STAGE I

2 OZ. BAKING CHOCOLATE – UNSWEETENED

½ CUP BUTTER

2 EGGS BEATEN

1 CUP SUGAR

½ CUP FLOUR

1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS

1 TEASPOON VANILLA

  1. Line a 9×13” baking sheet with some parchment paper, leave a little bit spilling off the sides.

    speading it out
    spreading it out
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together and cool.
  3. Add eggs then remaining ingredients to the melted chocolate.
  4. Spread in your lined 9×13″ sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350′. DO NOT OVERCOOK.

STAGE II

1½  CUPS POWDERED SUGAR

½ CUP BUTTER

½ CUP WHIPPING CREAM (WHIPPING CREAM, NOT WHIPPED CREAM)

  1. Mix ingredients together and then cook to “softball stage” over medium/low heat (softball stage means a candy thermometer reaches 240F ).second
  2. Spread over your baked layer.

STAGE III

2 OZ. UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE

1 T BUTTER

  1. Melt together and spread carefully on top of powdered sugar mix.
  2. Cool in refrigerator for several hours until top chocolate layer is hard.
  3. Cut into small bars and store in refrigerator.

    I cut them into brownie-style squares
    I cut them into brownie-style squares and put unsweetened coconut on top – stage three.
  • Stage One was easy enough. The key with this first step is NOT to overcook the layer. So if you have an oven that runs hot, bring the baking time down by 1-2 minutes.
  • Stage Two – The softball stage is bit of a pain. *I didn’t have a candy thermometer and at the time I decided to make this, all the ingredients were in place except for the handy thermometer. Being the practical person that I am, I ended up using a meat thermometer instead – was too impatient to go out & buy a proper one on the spot. So I used one I have for roasts and it only goes up to 200F so I let it go up all the way to the very end past 200 (I figured this to be about 220) and left if for an additional 2 minutes.  Luckily for me it worked out fine but I wouldn’t normally recommend doing this.
  • Stage Three was no fuss.  You can find some fancy wrappers at a kitchen store or use plain parchment to wrap them.  They freeze well.
  • Stage Foureat and enjoy.  They’re sweet but not sickly sweet.  You may want to eat more than one but try to use control. I’m trying.

Source: http://impatientfoodie.com

This is the food website of  Elettra Wiedemann, the daughter of Isabella Rossellini.

ALSO;

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