pecan caramel bark - turtle bark
I decided it would be fun to join a bake along challenge!!
Danielle over at Hugs & Cookies XOXO hosts one of these a week!
I have been having so much fun in the kitchen, I figured if I did something like this, I would most likely be baking something I wouldn't normally bake.
Turns out, that happened on the first challenge!
First off, I have never been a big fan of pecans, and secondly, the thought of making homemade caramel always sort of intimidated me!
Well, Danielle, being the sweetheart she is, gave me a cheater version using melted caramels.
I seriously considered it.... and then I tightened my apron straps,
pulled up my big girl panties and tackled it!
I knew I had enough of the ingredients to have a few do-overs, and fully planned to.
Then... guess what?
I did it... on the FIRST TRY!
(takes a bow)
It was surprisingly easy.
So, I made this pecan turtle bark today with HOMEMADE caramel....
and it smells, looks and
Thanks, Danielle for the fun "homework!"
Here is the recipe for those of you who want a yummy assignment!
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• ½ cup pecans, toasted
• 16oz Ghirardelli DARK chocolate chips
• ½ cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons water
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 5 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoon pecans, finely chopped
2oz caramel sauce
Toasting the pecans:
Place pecans on bake sheet pan and toast at 375 degrees for about 5-6 minutes then stir for even toasting and bake for about another 5-6 minutes or until nuts darken and become aromatic. Remove bake sheet from oven and set aside to cool. Once pecans are completely cooled; chop and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans and chop it some for a finely chopped consistency; set aside for finishing.
To make the caramel filling:
Add sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet brush to remove any crystals that form on the side. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. Do not stir the mixture directly. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and heavy cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly.
Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling).
Set aside to cool completely.
To melt the chocolate:
Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl over (not on) simmering water and stir until melted.
Line 8×8 pan with parchment or wax paper
Pour half of melted chocolate into prepared 8×8 pan, using an offset icing spatula smooth out chocolate until an even layer is achieved. Place pan in refrigerator for 5 minutes for chocolate to slightly harden. Remove from refrigerator and pour ¼ of caramel on top and sprinkle pecans on top of caramel and gently press pecans down into caramel. Place pan in refrigerator for 7 minutes for caramel to become slightly harden. Pour remaining chocolate on top and return to refrigerator for 20 minutes for fully assembled
Turtle bark to set.
Finish top by sprinkling remaining 2 tablespoons of finely chopped pecans. Drizzle with caramel.
Makes one 8×8 pan
Guess who has a jump on her holiday baking?!!?
I do! I do!!