I follow a few American foodies on Facebook, Instagram and blogs and love the different slices/bars they make. They look really enticing with the layers of pastry/brownie/caramel/nuts/jams/cookies/cheesecake etc etc. One of my early food memories is a Tri-Level bar my sister made after a holiday to America.
My main problem is even though there are numerous recipes out there, I find it really confusing converting cups to grams, as there are loads of different conversion tables which all come up with different results.
I visited the stall, at the Good Food Cake and Bake Show, for the Outsider Tart who have brought their yummy American baked goods to the UK. I was able to try a few of their slices and my favourite was an oaty caramelly bar.
I later saw these on instagram and knew I had to make them.
(made 24 squares)
240g/2 cups plain flour
160g/2 cups quick cooking oats (I used Quaker Oats
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
200g/1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
240g/1 cup unsalted butter
100g chocolate chips
60g chopped pecans
400ml of Caramel (I used tinned Nestle Caramel)
(recipe adapted from: Brown Eyed Baker and Roxanas Homebaking, I used Roxanas conversions from cups to grams and made a few adaptations as I went along, still not 100% happy with the conversions but it turned out well)
1)Preheat oven to 180 C and prepare tin (I used my brownie tray, which is 13.5” by 8”)
2) cream the sugar and butter, add the flour/bicarb/salt and mix, once combined add the oats and mix until it forms a crumbly mixture
3) cover the base of the tin with ¾ of the crumble mixture, spreading so its even and bake for 10mins
4) take out of the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pecans, then pour over the caramel, and spread evenly using a spatula
5) crumble the remaining crumble mixture over the top evenly
6) bake in the oven for 10-15mins, til lightly browned
7) leave to cool, once at room temperature, leave in the fridge for two hours/overnight. Cut into squares and serve (return to room temperature before serving, though if you can’t wait you can try one…or two).
These were absolutely delicious and really easy to make.
The oaty biscuit base and topping is buttery and has a caramelly taste from the brown sugar, and the caramel/chocolate/pecan filling compliments it so well.