Lately I’ve been trying to use things from my pantry, trying to cut costs that have all too often been grossly inflated by my baking adventures. So when I reviewed the recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars in Dorie’s book, I had to make a few substitutions, no running to the store for me. They worked fine and the results were quite tasty. This isn’t your traditional bar cookie, and I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal and granola type treats, so while it wasn’t in my top ten, I definitely still enjoyed it.
This is a pretty easy recipe actually, and the visual results are quite grand. You start, like every other baking recipe, by whisking together your dry ingredients, beating your butter and sugars, adding your eggs and vanilla, then mixing in the dry goodies. Next you stir in some oats and nuts, reserve some for the topping, then press the rest into the pan for your crust.
Then you make the chocolate layer by melting together some condensed milk, chocolate and butter, then stirring in vanilla, raisins and nuts. The chocolate mixture goes on top of the crust, then you add the topping and bake. Simple!
I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins and pecans for the peanuts. I also had to chop up some semisweet chocolate as I didn’t have any chocolate chips handy.
Dorie thinks these are best served cold from the fridge, and I have to agree. They are still good at room temperature, but definitely better cold. :)
To get the recipe, turn to pages 114-115 in Baking From My Home to Yours, or visit this week’s host, Lillian of Confectiona’s Realm.
Oh hey. See that plate in the picture? I found that in a thrift store a month or so ago. Well this past weekend I was at another thrift store (cuz that’s how I roll), in a different town even, and found a coffee cup that matched the plate exactly.
What are the odds??
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