Chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread bars

chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread barsI first tasted these addictive bars at Carl Marletti’s boutique. These chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread bars are so good that I decided to ask the chef for the recipe.

chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread barsMarletti brushes them in silver, gold and bronze (natural) colors and packs them one by one in beautiful boxes.

chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread barsI decided to go for the more homemade style and left the food coloring on the shelf. Of course you can use different types of chocolate for covering, milk in my opinion is the most suitable because it is sweet enough to balance the salted nuts.

chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread barsPreparing the recipe takes some time, but the result pays off 🙂

chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread barsChocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread bars 
Square pan 25cm
16-20 bars, 10cm each

Ingredients

Shortbread:
200g butter, softened
100g sugar
300g all-purpose flour
10g Fleur-de-Sel or 5g salt

Salted caramel cream:
240g sugar
150g heavy whipping cream
10g vanilla beans (optional)
150g butter in room temp’ (cut to small cubes)
5g Kosher salt

100g salted roasted peanuts
100g salted roasted pecans

600g milk chocolate drops, or chopped 

Preparation
1. Shortbread: Line a 25-cm square pan with parchment paper.
2. Beat soft butter and sugar until light and smooth.
3. Add flour and salt,  beat until mostly combined, knead lightly if required.
4. Transfer the dough into the pan and press to obtain a smooth surface (don’t press too hard).
5. Mark on the dough desired shape (2.5cmX10cm bars) and prick all over with a fork. Refrigerate for two hours.
6. Bake in a preheated oven to 180c for about 20-25 minutes until the dough stabilizes and turns slightly golden.
7. Cool to room temperature, using a knife separate the pre-marked shortbread bars.
8. Caramel: In a medium heavy-duty saucepan heat sugar, until it melts into a brown amber-colored liquid.
9. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the cream and vanilla until simmering.
10. After the sugar turned into caramel, pour the boiling cream into the caramel pot through a sieve. Attention! The caramel bubbles and rises to the top. It is best to remove the pot from the heat source for a few seconds, so that the caramel does not slide. Return to the heat source for a few seconds while stirring until a smooth cream is obtained.
11. Remove from heat, add butter and salt and stir until smooth. For a very smooth caramel cream it is recommended to grind with a blender rod.
12. Refrigerate until the caramel cream is firm but still easy to pipe. Transfer to a pastry bag.

Assembling
13. Pipe a generous strip of caramel cream on each shortbread bar.
14. Place peanuts or pecans on the caramel, literally stick them to the caramel and shape into a bar. Put in the freezer for two hours.
15. Remove the bars from the freezer and place on a cooling rack under which parchment paper is placed.
16. Melt 400 g chocolate over a Bain-Marie or in the microwave oven. Remove from the double boiler and add the remaining chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is smooth.
17. Pour the chocolate over the bars so that the entire surface of the bar and the sides are hermetically coated.
18. Place each bar on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for twenty minutes. It is best served at room temperature.

chocolate covered caramel, nuts and shortbread bars

 

 

Bon-Appétit
Sharon

Comments

  • 10 April 2021
    Meghan

    OMG 🙏
    It seems to me that I can eat several bars at once – everything I love is in this bar,
    I have to meet the challenge of this wonderful recipe sometime soon.
    your photos are amazing
    and the recipe looks so good ❣️❣️❣️
    Merci
    Meghan

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  • 11 April 2021
    Mauricio Peñalba

    Thanks a los for share!, it sound nice! I want to try.

    A simple question for you: how the chocolate bar does not melt in your fingers if you don’t temperated it?. Sorry if is a basic question. 🙂

    Kind Regards
    Mauricio (from Nicaragua)

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  • 13 April 2021

    I think he tempered it with adding the 200g more chocolate not heat, anything thanks a lot for the recipe, i think is very beauty!

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  • 14 April 2021
    Paige Nickless

    Do you cook the caramel to a specific temp?

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  • 01 May 2021

    What exactly do you use to dust the chocolate??

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