Intro: Homemade 'Mars Bars'
These mars bars are a staple for get togethers in my family. They are a totally delicious and decadent three layer dessert.
Anytime I have to make a dessert for a crowd I always go for this mars bar square.
Step 1: Ingredients
For this recipe you will need:
- Brown Sugar
- Butter or Margarine
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Corn Syrup
- Chocolate - Semi-Sweet or Dark
You'll need some measuring cups, a couple of bowls, a heavy pot, and a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
Step 2: Bottom Layer: Shortbread
The ingredients and quantities for the bottom layer are:
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine
Combine the above ingredients and cut with a knife or pastry cutter until it becomes crumbly.
Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan and press the shortbread layer into it firmly.
Bake at 350 F for 18 minutes or until it goes golden.
Step 3: Middle Layer: Caramel
For the middle layer you will need:
- 1 cup margarine or butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
Combine the above and heat to a boil in a pot on the stove. Keep at a rolling boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Pour over the cooled base.
Set aside until cool.
Step 4: Top Layer: Chocolate
The topping requires:
- 8 oz of semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- 1 Tablespoon (or so) butter or margarine
Melt the chocolate and butter together. Chocolate can be tricky to melt so take care with this step.
I pour hot water into a bowl and set another bowl into the water being careful not to drip-if any water gets into the chocolate it will ruin. Stir and melt the chocolate in the centre bowl over the hot water. You can also use a double boiler if you have one - make sure not to actually boil the water while you are melting the chocolate!
Pour the chocolate mixture over top of the cooled caramel layer. Spread it out evenly with a spatula and then shake the whole pan really hard to make the chocolate topping smooth on top.
Let cool then cut into small squares to serve.