Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

Dorie Greenspan crispy topped brown sugar bars from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was dubbed “Rice Krispie squares for adults” by my colleagues who tasted them. Essentially a shortbready, crispy biscuity base, topped with a chocolate ganache and then topped with something crunchy – Rice Krispies (that’s Rice Bubbles for you lot Down Under!), caramelized Rice Krispies which I didn’t have time to make, or or something else – the possibilities are endless…

Dorie Greenspan crispy topped brown sugar bars on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn fact, these are what Rice Krispie treats wold be if they had been a French invention. There’s no mistaking the je ne sais quoi that the buttery base and the dark chocolate ganache layer add to your everyday cereal treats!

Dorie Greenspan crispy topped brown sugar bars from Baking Chez Moi for tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comI liked the taste of these a lot but found the base a little too crispy for my liking – so much so that it made it hard to cut and my lovely ganache got lost in the crushed Krispies making for a messy, rather than elegant presentation. Not that it seemed to make the slightest bit of difference to my colleagues who took dainty pieces at first, then went back for “just a sliver more” and, well, you know how it goes… 😉

Would I make these again? Indeed I would. I’d caramelize the Krispies though and bake the base slightly less to make it a little easier to cut. The flavours were fantastic though – one of those “wish I had thought of it myself” recipes…

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s crispy-topped brown sugar bars on p 324 of Baking Chez Moi.

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26 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars”

  1. Mine turned out exactly the same—delicious, but the base was brittle and impossible to cut. You’ll love the caramelized Rice Krispies if you make these again.

  2. I am not sure how these totally escaped the notice of Mr. Neil: they seem to have been squirrelled away to school under cover of darkness.

    Am thinking of a nice white Port to have a wee sip of with these…

  3. Definitely try the caramelized rice crispies next time! They are incredible! I agree that the cooking time for the cookie layer is a bit off. I watched mine carefully and still were more on the firm side than Dorie’s “chewy” description. Still delicious though!

  4. your bars look yummy and they were obviously so since you had people coming back for seconds! That is the real test anyway not the presentation!


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