The key to these little morsels of richness turning out perfectly is making sure you're caramel filling boils long enough. I suspect that didn't happen to my batch as my caramel is really soft and gooey and actually the bars need to be kept refrigerated in order for the caramel to stay somewhat together. I used a graham cracker base (won't do that again either) and also omitted the ginger in syrup. I cut these into little inch squares as you don't need much due to the richness. I can see these bars being a wonderful addition to most holiday trays. Thanks Karen:-) Made to honor FT for all she did in making HolidayTag such a fun game.
I doubled the recipe and made two batches, one with the ginger (used crystalised ginger) and the other without and both were considered outstanding. The caramel was nice and gooey, the biscuit base crisp and rich and the chocolate rich and well set. The recreation supervisor ended up loosing track of how many recipes she had to copy for people to take home. Thanks French Tart for allowing me to impress, made for Everyday A Holiday.
Absolutely GORGEOUS! DH's been pestering me to make these ever since he'd seen your pics in the photo forum 4-5 months ago! I finally put him out of his misery!!! Few changes though, well, with one major change: I don't have an 8" cake tin, so I decided to convert this recipe to fit into a 9"x13" pan! I think I got my calculations right (well, most of it) since the caramel wasn't runny but my base wasn't as thick as yours, as seen in the pic. I didn't add in the ginger since a) I didn't have any ginger in syrup and b) DH had specified "NO ginger"! And for the chocolate topping, I used a mixture of milk and white chocolate since that's what I had. I shared some with our neighbours, got a lot of "hhhmmmm"s from all! Thank you, FT, for sharing this wonderful recipe, definitely a keeper.
These were heavenly. The caramel was not runny at all. Most importantly, I thought the chocolate to caramel to cookie proportions were perfect. The ginger was a nice touch. Thank you for sharing this family recipe!
I don't know if my filling turned out the way it was supposed to or not. It was very runny and I expected more of a soft caramel filling. I liked the base and topping ok. I used a gram converter and used 3/4 cup butter; 3/4 cup brown sugar and 14 oz sweetened condensed milk. Were these correct measurements for the filling? If not, let me know and I will attempt this a second time. If they are correct, I won't be making it a second time.
As expected from you, Karen a.k.a. French Tart, these are superb. They (actually it...a large slice :-)) travelled well from Seattle to Kansas, for the U.S. Thanksgiving yesterday, and I think were considered the best new dessert (after becoming numerous slices) at my family's gathering. Thanks for posting this!