Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TWD: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars



Lillian of Confectiona’s Realm picked this week's recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars, pages 114 and 115. Check out her blog for the recipe!

This was a really simple recipe, basically the same as making date squares using a chocolate filling instead of the dates. It should have gone off without a hitch, but every baker has an off day and I guess today was mine. The base wouldn't hold together and I was left with a pile of crumbs in my baking pan when I tried to lift them out. They refused to brown and so I kept them in the oven for almost double the time called for. By that time, the filling at the edges had burned and the bars still weren't brown. They were quite possibly the uglist bars I've ever made!

The good news is that all that oatmeal crumble didn't go to waste. It tasted great over yogurt for breakfast! Next time I think I will use Dorie's filling but I'll stick to my own tried and true oatmeal base/topping which I use for my Oatmeal Blueberry Squares.

13 comments:

Sabrina said...

Sorry that they fell apart... but they look wonderful!

vickys said...

I must say, this looks far better than any date square! :) Well, i honestly believe that less-than-perfect food have that homemade feel that make things look extra yummy

chocolatechic said...

I wondered how you got your oatmeal base so thin.

Sorry it didn't work out very well, but it did taste fabulous?

Lillian said...

I'm so sorry they didn't work for you, but I'm glad you managed to salvage the the crumble. Thanks for baking with me this week!

Megan said...

I think they look delicious - almost like a toffee square!

Mary said...

That's odd that they crumbled on you?! But, it's a good excuse to eat them for breakfast! I ate some of mine for breakfast too:) There are cookies called 'ugly but good', and I'm NOT saying these are ugly (you did), but I bet they are good! Hopefully next week's works out better for you:)

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Love your blog everything always looks so damn good!
Diane

moretolifethanlettuce said...

oh my gosh, they look SO good! crumbly or not, i'd be all over those babies! beautiful photography as well

Valerina said...

They don't look too bad in the photo, and at least you salvaged some of the oatmeal topping. :)

Susan said...

Sorry they didn't hold together for you, but they still look delicious! I love the stars and monkey bread, btw!

Engineer Baker said...

Weird - you're right, the cookie base doesn't look cohesive enough at all. Maybe next time try drizzling in some milk to hold it all together? And as for how neatly mine sliced, I'm not entirely sure - they set up so nicely, it wasn't even an issue. If they had been soft, I probably would have refrigerated them for a bit though.

Katrina said...

That IS strange you dough wouldn't come together, I thought it was quite buttery and sticky. But yes, these are frighteningly good!

Amanda said...

Bummer they didn't work for you, but they look great!