It is yet another very hot summers day around here. I do love summer, but I also long for cooler weather when I enjoy baking in the kitchen. So, this afternoon I pretended it was a few months along the calender and enjoyed a little time with some sweet ingredients and a hot oven!
The result was chewy, sweet and tasty. I love putting ingredients together and seeing what happens to the finished product. It isn't always a success (those I keep for myself), but these get an A plus!
Chewy Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Bars
Makes 25 squares
1 370 Gram can/1 1/4 cups of condensed milk
1 2/3 Cups/120 grams Cups of oats
3/4 Cup/45 grams of shredded coconut
1/2 Cup/75 grams of chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips
1/2 Cup/100 grams sugar
2/3 Cup/160 ml of melted butter
Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8 x 8 inch dish and set aside.
In a stainless steel saucepan set over a simmering pan of water, add the condensed milk. Stir well and leave for a few minutes over a low heat.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine, oats, coconut, sugar, melted butter and salt. Stir really well and you should have a crumbly texture.
Now, remember that condensed milk on the stove? Get back and stir it for a few minutes. After about 10 minutes you should notice it getting thicker and it turning a light golden brown. Once it has reached this stage you can remove it from the heat. The entire process will take about 20 minutes.
In your prepared baking dish, press in the oat mixture, reserving about 1/4 cup (2-3 heaping tablespoons) for the top. Sprinkle over the chocolate chips and then pour over the dulce de leche. Now, sprinkle over the remaining oat mixture and top off with the two tablespoons of chocolate chips.
Bake these in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Once they are cooled you can cut them into squares. I got 25 squares out of my pan.
They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for probably 4-5 days, at least I think so!!
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