Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dulce de Leche and Cashew Bars


Remember the Dulce de Leche I blogged about a few weeks ago?  Well, I put it to good use in this recipe.  Who can resist sweet caramel-like Dulce de Leche and cashew nuts...definitely not I!  This recipe was so simple and only used up one saucepan.   


These bars came out gooey and delicious.  They were soft, moist, and incredibly sweet with added texture from the crunch of the cashews.  I found that my edges cooked a bit more than the rest of the pan, so I cut about a quarter of an inch off all sides, sliced into smaller bite size pieces, and reserved for those people who love edges!

Dulce de Leche and Cashew Bars
adapted from Lucie Madeleine
(6 PointsPlus per serving)

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 cup Dulce de Leche (store-bought or homemade)
3/4 cup roasted salted cashews (halves and pieces)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8 x 8 pan with tin foil and make sure the foil reaches up the sides.  Butter the foil. 

Melt the butter over low heat in a medium saucepan.  Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Add the brown sugar to the saucepan of melted butter and whisk until mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 1-2 minutes.  Mix in the egg then add the salt and flour and whisk for 1 minute.

Spread about half of the batter into the prepared pan.  Drop about half of the Dulce de Leche over the batter and carefully spread it around with a small spatula.  Sprinkle with cashews, then gently spread the remaining batter over the Dulce de Leche.  Top batter with the remaining Dulce de Leche and spread around.

Bake for 35 minutes or until set in the center and golden brown at the edges (it may seem a little underdone because of the Dulce de Leche in the middle, so just make sure it’s firm).  Cool completely in the pan and then remove bars by lifting up the tinfoil.  

Because the edges of blondies tend to get a little tough, first slice off about ¼ inch from each edge and save for someone who likes edges!  Then slice into 16 squares. (1 serving = 1 piece, 6 PointsPlus per serving)


6 comments:

  1. Yummy! I love Dulce de Leche... And cashews are one of my favorites! I would love one of these bars... Great post... Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  2. i must say i'm not a massive fan of caramel (dulce de leche) however think flavour combination here sounds too good not to try. me thinks it has converted me back to caramel

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  3. A sweet, nutty, chewy buttery delight. The crust is buttery and flaky, MUST try especially to cashew lovers. Love these bars, the crust really hold together.

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  4. Wow! Che golosità! Io sono molto golosa e ti seguirò con piacere :-)Baci, buona giornata!!!

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