Pi Bars, or Pretzel Insanity Bars - are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The caramel, with its honey maple notes highlight the saltiness of the pretzel. They are highly addictive, so watch out - you may find yourself eating way too many, hence the insanity.
For more recipes, visit my blog, Week of Menus.
Step 1: Ingredients - Sweet Pastry Crust
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
â cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 2: Method - Sweet Pastry Crust
In the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment (or a bowl that you use your hand mixer with), beat the butter and brown sugar at medium speed until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla extract. At low speed, add the flour mixture and mix just until the mixture is crumbly, 10 to 15 seconds.
Pat the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Prick the dough well with a fork. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool slightly as you prepare topping.
Step 3: Ingredients - Pretzel Caramel Topping
1 ¼ cups light brown sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
6 ½ cups small pretzel twists, lightly crushed