I knew these would be trouble. I bought a bag of caramel pieces with no recipe in particular in mind. I started hunting through my many cookbooks and found this recipe in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book. Unfortunately the recipe used less than half of the bag so I ended up eating the rest which wasn't what I had in mind when I bought them. Oops?
Back to the recipe! I loved these bars. They were very easy to make, and the rum flavor was heavenly. I would add more chocolate chips next time since they seemed a little sparse, but otherwise these were fantastic.
Whole Grain Caramel Rum Bars
from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp orange juice
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup caramel (from a block) or 21 individual candies
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp rum
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan.
To prepare the crust: Whisk the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add in the orange juice and melted butter, stirring till thoroughly combined.
Measure out 1 3/4 cups of the crust mixture and spread it in the prepared pan, gently patting it down. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool while preparing the filling.
To prepare the filling: Melt the caramel, milk and rum in a small saucepan, stirring constantly until smooth. Pour the thinned caramel mixture evenly over the baked crust. Sprinkle with the almonds, then spread the remaining crust mixture over the almonds.
Return the pan to the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle them with the chocolate chips. Let cool until chocolate has solidified before cutting.
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