peanut butter and pretzel bars …

the coming together of peanut butter and chocolate – *swoon*


(photo by bob formal)

personally i think it’s the best flavour combination. whoever thought to put them together – genius! how about adding a bit of saltiness to the mix? yes please!

this peanut butter and pretzel bars recipe is courtesy of topwithcinnamon via pinterest.

ingredients
3 cups salted mini pretzels
1 cup salted creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup packed, light brown sugar
10 tablespoons (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) icing sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped milk chocolate

method
1) line an 8 x 8″ baking pan with foil, coat with non stick spray. set aside.
i lined the pan with baking paper.
2) roughly crush 2 cups of the mini pretzels, either by pulsing in a food processor, or by putting them into a sandwich bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. [i crushed them just a tad too fine :)]

3) combine the peanut butter, butter and sugars in a small bowl, then stir in the crushed pretzels.

cut down on the icing sugar if you want to cut down on the sweetness.

4) press this mixture evenly into the lined pan, and chill for 20 minutes.

5) meanwhile, temper the milk chocolate (see note) and pour over the chilled peanut butter mixture, using a rubber spatula to spread it evenly and smooth it out. tap the pan against a hard surface to even out the chocolate a bit more.
6) place 20 mini pretzels evenly in a grid pattern on top of the chocolate (they’ll be your guide for cutting the bars). i didn’t have 20 of the same shape …

7) leave at room temperature until the chocolate has set.
8) lift the foil / baking paper out of the pan with the bars, peel the foil / paper off and, using a sharp knife, cut into squares.

note: chop up the chocolate and put it into a heat proof bowl. then pour a small amount of boiling water into another slightly larger bowl. let it cool a bit. put the smaller bowl of chocolate into the larger bowl. let it sit for a bit and stir it around gently until all the chocolate has melted. if the water has cooled too much – pour out the cold water and replace with more boiling water.

these bars are yum-malicious! and so so easy to make!

these were definitely a hit. my mum served them to my aunt and cousin the next day and both wanted the recipe.

and my brother messaged me – “those caramel pretzel things – delish! one of your best.” [in his euphoric state of chocolate and peanut butter giddiness he was a tad confused about the ingredients! harmless mistake yet understandable ;)]

“i got to thinking about relationship and partial lobotomies. two seemingly different ideas that might just be perfect together – like chocolate and peanut butter.” ~ sarah jessica parker as carrie bradshaw in sex and the city

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