Monday, October 27, 2014

5 Layer Bars, or However Many Layers You Like!

I love making 5 layer bars. Now, a lot of people know them as the 7 Layers Bars that are on the Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk cans. I don't always like all of those layers. Here's what I used in mine!


*Preheat oven to 350

Ingredients:
2 Cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Bag Chocolate Chips (White Chocolate, Milk, Semi-Sweet, your choice! You a mix!)
1-3 Cups Cereal (I like the Grape Nuts type, but I've seen in done with Cheerios, too.)
1-3 Cups Oats
1 Cake Mix
2 Sticks REAL Butter
First, I take a cake pan and melt the butter in it. (Stick it in the oven until melted. DON'T BURN IT!)
Then, I mix the cake mix with the butter in the pan. After that, I spread the mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. I bake that for 15 minutes, or until it starts to look golden.
I take it out of the oven and layer on the oats first. Then, I drizzle one whole can of the Sweetened Condensed Milk on top of the oats. I spread the chocolate chips on top of that. After that step, I cover that layer with the cereal. I don't usually measure the oats or cereal. I just make sure the each have a pretty hardy layer. After that, I drizzle the second can of Sweetened Condensed Milk on top of the cereal layer, trying to get it as even as possible.
I stick the pan back in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk are melted.
Let cool completely. This will solidify the layers. Cut and serve.

This recipe is pretty quick going. Some people add layers of dried coconut and nuts. (Walnuts? Pecans? Peanuts?) I don't really like those things on these bars.
My husband calls them "Nth Layer Bars," because he says the layer choices could be endless!
What are your favorite layers to add?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Saltine Cracker Toffee Bars: Or the Cell Phone Incident

I decided to try a recipe that I had seen on Pinterest.com. It involved a total of 4 ingredients, so, it couldn't be that hard, right?
The original web site that I got the recipe from is here!
That blogger calls them "Saltine Cracker Toffee Bars."
When I bought the ingredients to make them, Ian saw them and thought they were a little weird. I just responded, that the recipe seemed super easy, and I was going to try it!
Ingredients
Saltine Crackers (I used a little over a half sleeve.)
1 Cup Butter (The Real Stuff)
1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
Chocolate Chips (I used a hole bag of milk chocolate chips.)
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Brown Sugar and Butter
First, I put the brown sugar and butter in a pan on the stove at medium heat.
Saltines Lined Up in Pan
I used an 9X13 cake pan, sprayed it with cooking spray, and lined up my crackers.
Brown Sugar and Butter Mix
The instructions of the original recipe say boil for three minutes. I thought I had done this, but the toffee was still a bit on the grainy side. 
Toffee Poured On Crackers
Next, I poured the HOT toffee (Be very careful!!!) on top of my saltines.  And this is when they tragedy happens! As I was trying to take pictures of the HOT toffee and spread it out before the toffee cooled too much, I dropped my cell phone in the toffee!!! I immediately started yelling at Ian to come help me! I also burned my fingers on the toffee while trying to save my poor cell phone! 
Luckily, I had a cover on the back on my phone, and it got most of the toffee coverage! While Ian tried to save my phone, I tried to save our toffee dessert! 

I finished spreading the toffee on top of the crackers. 

I then poured the entire bag of milk chocolate chips on top.  

I stuck it in the over for about ten minutes to melt the chocolate chips. 

Then, I spread out the melted chocolate chips with a spatula. We waited for it to cool a little, and then, we dug in! 

These are an interesting little treat. I feel like the saltines mostly created texture. I don't think there would be a huge difference in taste if I skipped them. The taste of this dessert reminds me of a Heath bar.  The crackers even help give it a texture more like a Heath bar. In total, it took about 20 minutes to make this dessert from start to finish. 
I don't know if I would make this again, or just buy a Heath bar to satisfy the craving.
*I meant to post the final pictures off of my camera, but now I can't find them! I'm just going to go ahead and post this anyway!