Monday, January 30, 2012
Salt River Bars - Interesting!
Lately I've been seeing a lot of "sweet & salty" recipes. Of course Salt River Bars caught my attention. There are some wonderful blogs out there that describe these delicious little treats. After reading some of them,which are all wonderful blogs, I decided to give them a try.
I made some changes, not on purpose, but partially out of necessity and also by a mistake.
The original recipe called for Saltines. Why, I have no idea, I bought Keebler Crackers. No worries, they tasted great. I was going to bring these to the store I bake for so I needed to use a 9x13 pan. Hmmm change in amounts of ingredients. No problem. I take out my Peanut Butter Chips and realize I bought Butterscotch Chips. Not acceptable! It was late & cold. I had absolutely no interest in heading back out to the store. But I had peanut butter! Never again! Way too much work to spread peanut butter on each individual cracker.
So for those of you who have never made these - try them! It's the combo of sweet and salty that makes me think of a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup but it's crunchy!
Here's what I did
1 Box of Keebler Crackers (I used almost all of the box)
Peanut Butter (do yourself a favor - make that peanut butter chips - 1 package)
Brown Sugar ( I used dark)
Butter - 3 sticks of unsalted
Chocolate ( I used a package of semi sweet chips and 2 blocks of baking chocolate plus 3 tbs of butter) Melt slowly & stir frequently
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper (this just makes your life so easy when you cut them)
Melt 3 sticks of butter and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Stir frequently until sugar is disolved and mixture is thick and looks like caramel. It took me about 5 minutes on low heat
While this is melting:
Line the crackers next to each other and cover the bottom of the pan. If you buy the chips, spread some over the crackers. If you use the peanut butter, each would be spread with PNB. I used a little cheese knife. It just made my life a bit easier.
You will be making 3 layers, so divide your ingredients into thirds.
Spread the brown sugar mixture over the crackers & peanut butter.
Repeat this 2 more times.
Place one more layer of crackers on top and finish with the melted chocolate on top. Cool a bit & then sprinkle with coarse salt. I added enough that you could see it, but was careful not to overdo it.
I cut these into 12 bars. People loved them & I will deinitely do this again whith the chips and I might try what the other recipes used - saltines. I do have to say the Keebler Crackers made them even richer. It's up to you! Give them a try and let me know what you think.
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