TWD #53: Two peanuts walk into a bar. One was a salted.

March 3, 2009 at 7:41 am 26 comments

I laughed. I hope you laughed too.

Wanna see a magic trick?
Alakazam bippity boppity boo
*puff of smoke*
Ta Da!

My Chocolate Armagnac Cake turned into Caramel Crunch Bars!

Apologies to my TWD bakers and our TWD host this week, Lyb of And Then I Do The Dishes, but to be honest I wasn’t inspired by prunes (eeewww!) and I didn’t have any Armagnac (although that wouldn’t have stopped me on its own. You can never had too much [cooking] alcohol in the house right?). You can find the recipe on her blog. Since I missed the caramel crunch bars last week I decided to make those instead.

Lyb Désolé. J’aime votre blog et j’aurais fait n’importe quoi pour vous mais le caramel appelait mon nom. Prunes et je ne suis pas des amis. (I couldn’t remember the french translation for prunes! LOL)

The caramel crunch bars were on my short list of recipes to make when I was hosting back in October but I decided to go with the chocolate cupcakes so I am STOKED that Whitney of What’s Left On The Table chose them!

I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have 56 caramel crunch bars laying around so I knew I’d half the recipe. I was proud of myself for remembering while I was making the bars to 1/2 each ingredient b/c its been known to happen that I’ll half the flour but add the full amount of salt. Ugh! But just as I was patting myself on the back for making sure each ingredient was the right fraction I realized that I didn’t have a smaller than 9×13 cake pan. *smack head* So imagine me; pacing back and forth in the kitchen, trying to find a pan that would work while my KA is begging to be emptied of caramel crunch bar batter. Uh… uh… Springform? 6″ round cake pan? tart pan? cupcake pan?

Then I remembered I didn’t have toffee either…

le sigh.

I need a sous chef.

What I learned this week:
Indulge in life a little more. Make the whole recipe.

Caramel Crunch Bars Cups
Recipe from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan

I used Folger’s instant coffee that I ground into a fine powder in T’s coffee bean grinder. (T says its not “mine” b/c I don’t drink coffee.)

I used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips that I chopped up into smaller pieces.

I put about 1/2 tbsp of dough into each mini cupcake well and baked for about 7-8 minutes. I topped each “cup” with more milk chocolate but they were small enough that they melted quickly so I didn’t have to put them back in the oven. After I spread the chocolate over the “cup” with a small spatula, I topped with homemade toffee bits.


Husband rating: A
He was a big fan of the hint of coffee and chocolate combination but picked off the toffee.

Wifey rating: A
I absolutely loved the toffee! The cups were yummy too but maybe I’d reduce the coffee a little next time. It was a bit much for me. Then again I am not a huge coffee person. I have to admit that the little cups were so fun to eat. Bite size and a little “too” easy to snack on…

Next week: Lemon Cup Custard page 387

Homemade Toffee recipe after the cut.

Recipe from Cupcake Bakeshop


3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 cup sugar


In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring everything to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. When the mixture starts to boil with vigor, do not stir. Decrease to medium-low heat and let the mixture boil until the mixture turns a deep nutty brown, about 20 minutes.

[NOTES: I let mine boil for about 30 minutes but I could have let it go longer. Maybe next time I’ll even go 40 minutes for a deeper caramel taste.]

Slowly pour onto a prepared baking sheet (Silpat or you could use parchment paper sprayed with PAM) and let it to cool. After the toffee has cooled, break it into small chunks.

[NOTES: I let mine set overnight in the frig.]



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26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maria  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Fun post! I LOVE toffee, it is my favorite!

    • 2. CB  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm

      Me too! Love the caramel-y flavor with a little crunch!

  • 3. Holly  |  March 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Your little cupcake versions look too darn cute! I made the cake with prunes and rum. The prunes didn’t bother me but the rum was way too strong for me. It was fun to flambé though!

  • 4. Steph  |  March 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

    My caramel crunch bar dough is still in the freezer and I made it 3 weeks ago! I’m dying to bake something..,anything!

    • 5. CB  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      Why in the freezer? Bake that dough up! My caramel crunch goodness is LONG gone by now.

  • 6. foodlibrarian  |  March 3, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Wow! You made your own toffee. You rock!

    • 7. CB  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      After seeing your fabulous color-ific jello I think you’re the one that rocks! ;)

  • 8. stephchows  |  March 3, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Look at you making your own toffee! So resourceful :) These look delicious for sure! And I too have totally made the mistake of halving the recipe… only not halving one thing, realizing as I just dump it into the bowl, then attempting to spoon half of said ingredient out. hahaha Ahhh well :D

    • 9. CB  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm

      At least I am not the only dork ;) (Said with love of course.) I won’t even tell you how many times I’ve done that but I will say its happened more than once (or 10 times…) I totally try to salvage by guesstimating taking out what shouldn’t have gone in. But it never works. haha

  • 10. Karen  |  March 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Those looks yummy! I am amazed by the hommade toffee! Yum!

  • 11. LyB  |  March 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

    ‘Tis OK, sweetie! I knew a lot of people would have an “eewww, prunes!” moment. But you should try it sometime, if only a fraction of the recipe, you can’t taste the prunes at all. :) Your little caramel cups look fantastic!

  • 12. kim  |  March 3, 2009 at 11:55 am

    they look super cute as cups! :) necessity is the mother of invention! hehe. nice job on the toffee, i went the homemade route too and could NOT stop eating it.

  • 13. Peggy  |  March 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    How funny you are!! You should have made this cake and used raisens if you didn’t like prunes. It was GREAT.

  • 14. steph (whisk/spoon)  |  March 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    yum-yum! i’d offer to be your sous chef, but looks like you make do very well working solo…

  • 15. mrsabybaby  |  March 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Mmmm….these look yummy!!!!

    • 16. CB  |  March 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

      Oh girl, you have to make these. So freaking addictive. Even better the next day… I ate… *counting on fingers* … alot.

  • 17. Melissa  |  March 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Neat idea to make crunch cups! I love homemade toffee… yum!

  • 18. Madam Chow  |  March 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I still have some of these in the freezer – I am currently devouring the chocolate prune armagnac cake! And I just saw the previous post with pics of your bunnies – they are absolutely lovely.

  • 19. Tammy  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    the cups are a great idea. You coudlnt actually taste the prunes in the armagnac cake – and this is coming from someone who does not love prunes in the least!

  • 20. Carol Peterman  |  March 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Nice job thinking on your feet with the caramel crunch cups! They look great. As a fan of prunes I have to campaign that you give the cake a try. It’s really good and as you will read on most posts, the prunes aren’t identifiable.

  • 21. Teanna  |  March 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

    So glad that they turned out well! Whenever I halve the recipe, I always wish I didn’t, but my thighs always thank me!

  • 22. Amy Ruth  |  March 4, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Dangerously Delicious little luv cups. he he I like them.

  • 23. teaandscones  |  March 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    JEEEZZZ!!!! I remember all the dumb peanut jokes from teenagehood. Peanut sat on a railroad track…….

    and so on.

    Great job on the rewind.

  • 24. Tracey  |  March 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Cute! Mini cupcakes are my favorite. Yours look wonderful!

  • 25. Caitlin  |  March 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful job! Definitely one that’s a keeper, so I’m glad you got around to making it. And I love the little minis too (as I’m sure you’re aware of :) ).

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