Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas baking: turtle bars

So here I am, more than halfway through December, about to start blogging about Christmas desserts.  Better a late than never, eh?

These turtle bars look beautiful on a plate of Christmas baking, and are a sure way to impress your friends, family, or maybe if even your boss! Ha!

Seriously, just look at those swirls.  I'm totally in love.  Plus, there's chocolate, pecans and caramel involved. Oh yum.

Turtle Bars

Bottom Layer:
1 cup Butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of flour
1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup pecans

1)  In a medium bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.
2)  Mix in flour and salt.
3) Grease a 9x13 pan and line with parchment (this makes removing and cutting your bars way easier).
5)  Dump your crumbs into the pan, spread out evenly, and press down gently.
6) Press pecans lightly into crust.
7) Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned.
8) Let cool, and prepare caramel.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
4 tbsp corn syrup

1)  In a large saucepan stir together brown sugar, butter, sweetened condensed milk and corn syrup.
2)  Cook on medium-high heat stirring constantly.  Boil for 4 minutes.
3) Let stand 2 minutes, and then pour over crust.
4) Place in the fridge to set.

Chocolate layer:
1 1/2 cups Chocolate (good quality)
1/2 cup whipping cream

White chocolate:
1/2 cup  (about 4 oz) White Chocolate - good quality
2 tbsp whipping cream

1) In a small sauce pan (or a double boiler), melt down your chocolate and cream, watching carefully to make sure it doesn't burn.  Melt your white chocolate and whipping cream at the same time.
2)  Pour chocolate over the caramel layer.  Smooth evenly.
3)  Drop spoonfuls of white chocolate over this layer, and then run a knife through it to make swirls.  Starting from the middle of the white chocolate and spiraling seemed to have good results.
*One tip about marbling is to stop early!  It's easy to overdo it, and then it just looks messy.
4) Pop it in your fridge to let it set, and you're ready to go!  We store ours in the fridge/freezer, otherwise they get a bit soft.

Your crumbs might be a bit crumbly when you dump them in your pan.  Don't panic, that's completely normal, just press them in gently and they'll be fine.

We placed our white chocolate on in 6 equally spaced blobs, and then used a butter knife to swirl them around.  Be careful not to go too deep and hit the caramel layer.

Happy baking!

p.s. ♥ kelsey


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