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Saturday, August 6, 2011

{weekend recipe edition} the most delicious thing you'll ever eat

Okay, so my husband and son were off to Scout Camp this week.  Yes, I was alone for eight days with the four littles.  We had some really great times, but by yesterday, I was REALLY ready for something yummy.  With chocolate.

I have a slight obsession for Food Network, and one of my favorites is Giada De Laurentis.  I was watching her show this week, and she made the most delicious looking and tempting chocolate & caramel bars that I think I've ever seen. I knew I had to make them. Right away.

Let me just warn tell you, these are perfection.  The crust is exactly right, and complements the buttery, chewy caramel and rich chocolate so each bite just melts in your mouth. You will not want to stop eating them, so be prepared. The recipe originally called for espresso powder in the chocolate, and since I'm not a coffee girl, I omitted it from the chocolate layer. SO SO yummy!

* Vegetable cooking spray
* 12 whole (6 ounces) cinnamon graham crackers, crumbled or 2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted


* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon water

Chocolate Layer:

* 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1 3/4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
* 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt, optional

Special equipment: a candy thermometer

For the crust:

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with parchment or waxed paper. Spray the paper and the sides of the pan with cooking spray. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the graham crackers and sugar. Process until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and blend until the mixture forms into clumps. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, pressing gently to form an even layer. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is golden. Cool for 15 minutes.

For the caramel:

While the crust is cooling, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of cream, butter, sugar, and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F, about 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully pour the caramel over the warm crust. Cool for 20 minutes. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.

For the chocolate layer: 

Combine the chocolate chips and cream in a small bowl and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the espresso powder. Remove the springform pan from the freezer. Pour the chocolate mixture over the caramel layer and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with smoked sea salt, if using. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm.

Allow the layers to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Using a warm, slightly wet knife, carefully cut around the edges of the chocolate layer. Release the side of the pan and remove the paper from the bottom. Cut into 1 1/2 by 1/2-inch bars and store airtight in a covered plastic container.

What to impress your friends and family?  These are the bars to make.





Blogger Cath said...

(Fingers in my ears, blindfold over my eyes)
"I'm not listening, I'm not listening, la, la, la" I can't see or hear you!

If I made these I would eat the entire pan myself. Oh my the temptation is intense since I have all the ingredients in my house! :O

August 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

yep! these do look pretty fantastic! pinning them onto my foodie Pinterest board now! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

August 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Mrs. McKown said...

These look absolutely delicious. Chocolate + Caramel does equal perfection!

❤Mrs. McKown
Little Literacy Learners

August 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

YOU ARE A DREAM COME TRUE!!! I caught the end of the episode where she made these and they looked absolutely HEAVENLY - but I had no idea what they were called to look up the recipe. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

August 7, 2011 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Oh yum! I'm making these now to take to a friends this evening. I'm sure they will be a huge hit! Thanks :)


August 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Rob and Toni said...

I wish I would've seen this yesterday! I would've bought heavy cream to make these TODAY! Dang. They do look so good.

August 7, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

These are definitely something I will be trying--they look so incredibly yummy. Thanks.

Don't you think Giada looks like Natalie Portman???

August 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I am so making these right now! I have never made caramel before, SO much easier than I thought! My kids were very bummed that it won't be done before bedtime :)

August 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Caroline--I'm so glad you tried it! It really is so easy, and SO yummy. The only trick is, saving some for your kids to eat tomorrow. :)

Yvonne--I DO think she does! You're right!!!

Toni--Tomorrow girl, you have to go get some heavy cream. Don't wait any longer!

Cath--Did you give in to temptation? I hope so. :)

Jo--Where they a hit?

Natalie--You're welcome. :)

Jillian & Mrs. McKown--Don't wait any longer to make these!!

August 7, 2011 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

Oh NO! I should not have read this. NEED to try these!!!!

August 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

YUM!! These look delicious! I must try them!

I ♥ Nap Time

August 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Just discovered your blog - and I am in love with everything on here! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

August 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Lil' Luna said...

Holy moly - can't wait to try these!!!

August 8, 2011 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Mason/Sam/Family said...

I made these last night - so yummy!!! I think I will switch out for milk chocolate next time . . . If I ever come down off my sugar high. Incredible! Thank you for sharing!

August 9, 2011 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger nancydotslash said...

Just came upon this recipe while hopping around, and want to say thanks for sharing. This is exactly what I'm looking for, a very special candy, something a little different from what I usually make. If it turns out as wonderfully as I think it will, I can see myself making up beautifully decorated little boxes/containers of these for my friends at Christmas time...Yeah, I plan ahead....

September 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Tena said...

There goes my diet! Thank you is all I can say!
I shared your recipe (Giata's) on my blog,

February 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM  

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