This week’s kitchen experiment was a first for me… You see, I’m not a big fan of sweets, but almost everyone around me is and it is the holiday season so we’ve been having more company than usual, which means I need to have a couple of desserts on hand. So I went searching Pinterest for ideas for quick and easy snacky type stuff, and found this recipe for salted caramel bark. (I also found a new blog to follow in the process!) It was crazy simple!
First I gathered the supplies: a jelly roll pan, parchment paper, a cup of brown sugar, 2 sticks of butter, a spatula, a medium saucepan, a bag of chocolate chips, sea salt, and about half a bag of mini pretzels.
Once the pan was covered in parchment, I put down a layer of pretzels across the bottom of the pan. It works best if they are in a single layer, and not overlapping.
Then I headed over to the stove and melted the butter and the brown sugar to make the caramel. How ridiculously simple is that? I’m never buying those stupid little wrapped caramels again!
Once the butter and sugar were melted, and had come to a boil (which makes the mixture thicken) it got poured over the pretzels. Don’t stress if not all the pretzels get covered, they caramel spreads in the oven. Once the pretzels are covered, the whole thing goes into a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.
After the longest 5 minutes ever, pull the pan out and spread out the bag of chocolate chips. Then stick it back into the oven for another minute to melt the chips. Once they are melty use a spatula to spread the chocolate out.
Then add a generous amount of sea salt.
Then comes the hardest part of the whole process… waiting. Let it set (and cool) on the counter for about 10 minutes before you stick it into the freezer for a couple of three hours. Once it’s cool, break off some pieces and enjoy. We broke up the rest and stored it in a cookie tin in our fridge for holiday visitors.
Who wants to try some? We are looking forward to visitors, so just drop us a note and come on over!