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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dulce Berry Bars

Updated on November 18, 2012

These bars are on the decadent side.  If you like dulce de leche, you will probably like LOVE these bars.  The condensed milk carmelizes as it bakes.  You could use your favorite flavor of jam instead of berry.  If you happen not to be a big fan of chocolate, you could use butterscotch or peanut butter chips instead.

½ C packed brown sugar
2 C all-purpose flour
1 C (2 sticks) butter, slightly softened
½ C chopped pecans
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 C chocolate chips
½+ C berry jam

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line 13 x 9-inch baking pan with heavy-duty foil or parchment paper that covers the entire pan including the sides, to make a sling for easy removal. Butter well or spray with oil.  

(The gooey condensed milk, which makes this so yummy, can stick to the foil if it is NOT greased well.  You want to be able to pull the entire piece of foil out.  Try not to make too many folds in the corners, or the bar may get stuck in the folds and be hard to remove.)

Combine flour and brown sugar.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Press about 3 C of the crumb mixture into buttered pan.  Reserve the rest.

Bake until golden - 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven.

Meanwhile mix nuts into remaining crumbs and set aside.

Pour condensed milk over hot crust.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Sprinkle crumbs evenly over chocolate.  Spoon dollops of jam over crumb mixture.

Return to oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until center is set and crumbs are golden. Cool on rack, then remove from pan using the foil sling, before cutting into bars.  I like to cut the bars about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" (5 long rows by 6)

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