Everything Bars

This is my first actual baking post in a while. If you recall my last few posts have been either purely informational or rather simple and straight forward, I haven’t had a whole lot of time on my hands. However this week as I finally got settled back into my weekly Boston schedule I managed to set aside an afternoon devoted to baking decadence. Since I haven’t baked in a while I had a hard time deciding what to make, I had stacks of recipes I wanted to try but couldn’t figure out which one to choose. Did I want something chocolate or something caramel? Did I want cookies or cakes? Did I want something crumbly or something gooey? I couldn’t decide on just one thing, I wanted everything and that was when I came across these bars.

 

These bars have just a little bit of everything so I’ve decided to call them everything bars. You can also change the recipe to include just about anything you want. I stuck to some pretty familiar and classic flavoring combinations like chocolate, toffee, coconuts and almonds but realistically you could throw some dried fruit on there, peanut butter chips or even different kinds of nuts and it would be equally delicious. This is the perfect dessert for when you are craving just a little bit of everything. My friend mentioned when eating them that it was kind of like a seven layer bar, but without the fuss. It has the same idea and taste but it is a lot less complex to make. The bottom of the bar is very simple, crumbly and slightly sweet, almost like a shortbread, just a very simple flavor which is the perfect base to build on for the mass of flavors and textures that sit on top. What ties everything together is the layer of sweetened condensed milk that sits in between the bar and the topping, giving a sweet and gooey break between the simple base and the crazy toppings.

 

Essentially I’d say that these bars are huge hit, they were warm and delicious and best of all they make a huge batch that chill really, I might even say they were better after spending the night in the fridge.

 

Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 ½ cups chips of semi sweet chocolate chops

¼ cup of white chocolate chips

¾ cup of sweetened coconut flakes

2 heath bars (broken into bite size pieces)

½ cup of slivered almonds

1 ½ cups of all purpose flour

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

¾ cup of softened unsalted butter

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

 

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 13×9 inch pan. In a bowl mix together the flour and sugar. Cut the butter into small pieces and mix it into the flour combination by hand until it is crumbly. Press into the greased pan, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until it is lightly browned. While the base is baking combine the chocolates, coconut, heath bar and almonds in a bowl and mix well. When the base has cooked remove from the oven and pour the can of sweetened condensed milk overtop, making sure to reach all the corners. Spread the chocolate mixture over top and press down firmly into the sweetened condensed milk. Return the bars to the over and bake for another 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting. Cut bars into around 30 pieces and enjoy!

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