I sort of stumbled upon this while searching the web, a carmelita is an oat bar with chocolate and rather obviously, as the name suggests, caramel. Poring over the photographs on Google images I knew I wanted to make them, but instead of being gooey and squishy, I needed them to be a bit more stable seeing as I wanted to pack them off with the menfolk for lunches etc.
I tweaked the recipe and the result is a bar that is quick and easy to make, tasty AND holds up well to traveling!
What I used:
Crust & Topping:
2 cups of Bisquick1 3/4 cups of oats(I actually used Stoats Sunflower & Poppy seed Porridge-a mix of oats with sunflower, poppy, linseeds & pumpkin seeds. If you use plain old oats it will be ok, just not as awesome)
3/4 cup soft brown sugar, packed
170g butter melted(I used unsalted, you could make it salted and have Salted Carmelitas!)
Chocolate Caramel Layer:
3 Mars bars
1 oz butter
What I did:
Set your oven at 350f/175c
You will need a 9×9″ baking pan
Mix all these ingredients together
Take half of the mixture and press into your pan
Cook for about 15 mins or until golden.
Set on rack to cool slightly as you prep middle layer.
Break the Mars bars into pieces and place in a glass bowl, microwave in 20 second bursts until melted, stir together. Also you should note here, it’s kind of weird trying to mix the bars & butter together, it will look all buttery & like it’s not going to work. I does so stuck with it, there is nothing wrong. By the way you will probably think this layer is too thin, it’s really not, trust me! 🙂
Working quickly(otherwise it will start to set) spread the Mars bar & butter mixture over your base.
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top(it doesn’t matter if there are gaps, in fact it’s nice!) of the choc/caramel layer, pressing it down slightly.
Bake for another 15 mins or until the top is golden.
Take from oven and cool on a rack before cutting into bars.
I tried making these delicious bars again substituting the Mars bars for some of my favourite fudge(made locally too)!
It was sublime! I would even go so far as to say, even better than the original version.
If you want to do as I did ad swap candy bars for fudge, just carry on as normal and when making the middle layer use 200g of chocolate fudge(Ochil Fudge Pantry’s Death by Chocolate is what I used) chopped up and softened in a pan(on the cooker) with 1tbsp double cream, then spread over crust 🙂