Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bale Bars


The winter in Israel continues- that is, continues to look like spring. I've said many times before that I miss the four seasons I grew up with in Upstate New York. A distinct change from summer to fall to winter , then spring. Rain here is a scarcity and when it does rain, it's at the top of the news.

Certain kinds of food go with certain seasons- and then there is food that you can eat no matter what the weather outside. These Bale Bars are one of those. They remind me of compost type cookies where you put in anything and everything you may have in the house.  Now I know that is not what the original recipe calls for but sometimes you just have to go with your gut. This calls for a cooked mixture of sugar, cream white chocolate and peanut butter which you pour over and mix with peanuts and pretzels. No baking, just refrigeration and you've got a delicious sweet and salty snack (that is a bit difficult to stop eating, I might add!).

I 'm not a big fan of white chocolate, so I substituted dark instead. I also did not have enough pretzels, so this is where the compost cookie idea comes in. I took some Biscoff cookies and crushed them to small bits, not crumbs, and added them to the nuts and pretzels. Since the recipe calls for fleur de sel and the pretzels are salted, I decided to add raw peanuts instead of salted. Wise choice- the bars are plenty salty without the added salt from the peanuts. The result is a crunchy, salty, sweet snack that tastes  best (in my opinion) straight from the freezer, which is where I store them. Add a nice hot cup of coffee and snack away!
You can find the recipe at Baked Sunday Mornings.

8 comments:

  1. Great looking bars! I thought these were really good, other than the fact that mine broke up. But it is a yummy treat for sure! Next time I'll put in fewer pretzels.

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  2. I'm digging the color contrast between the pretzels and peanuts against the chocolate! Looks great!

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  3. Yours look great Yael! Love all your substitutions. Did you use a 9x13 pan? Mine were way thinner than yours.

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  4. ok...I knew I should have use dark chocolate! They look much better that way! Nice job!

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  5. I enjoyed these with the white chocolate, but your changes sound absolutely divine. I want to remake these your way.

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  6. Wonderful!!!!!
    You find the great way to make them!!!!
    I didn't make the recipe this week, but you inspire me a lot, if I'll do soon!!!

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  7. I really debating using dark chocolate instead of the white. I'm glad to hear it worked, because I can imagine trying them again with different ingredients (when I lose my mind and need to gain 5 pounds in a jiffy, since I can't stop eating these!).

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  8. I am always looking for a new bar! I just made Hello Dolly Bars I found on Kimkushner.com/blog. I cannot wait to try these!

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