This week's TWD was selected by Lillian of Confectiona's Realm: chocolate oatmeal almost-candy bars! I actually made these ahead of time (read: not on Tuesday) thanks to a gentle nudge from my Twitter friends, yet here I am writing the post at the last minute. It seems procrastination finds me one way or the other...
These bars are loaded with goodness - butter, brown sugar, oats, chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, raisins and peanuts! I had an inkling that these were going to be too rich for me just looking at the ingredient list. I also read a few early reviews of the bars on the P&Q's this week which confirmed they were indeed a very rich treat. I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and raisins but since I knew I likely wouldn't eat many of these myself, I skipped the raisins to give them more universal appeal. I also left the nuts out.
I made a half recipe in an 8" pan and man, once you get all the ingredients in there, these are heavy! I baked them for about 20 minutes, cooled them completely and then followed Dorie's recommendation to refrigerate for an hour before cutting them. At one hour in the fridge they weren't tough to cut, just firm enough for the knife to slide through without the chocolate layer getting too soft. I sampled a small bite and while I liked them, especially the oatmeal layer, the chocolate layer was just WAY too rich for me. This is actually a good thing since I've eaten my weight in desserts the past few days - I'm more than happy to have this one sitting around that won't tempt me at all. I stuck them in my freezer and will send them to work with Shane eventually.
Thanks to Lillian for hosting this week! You can find the recipe on her blog or on pages 114-115 of Dorie's book.