I just saw Magic in the Moonlight. The reviews said it wasn't Woody Allen's best films, and though I agree, I thought it was delightful.
The last Woody Allen film I saw was Blue Jasmine. I was expecting a light hearted comedy, but it was dark with occasional bits of humor. I prefer cheery humor.
I ate my first carmelita bar earlier this year. I was walking through the bakery of Whole Foods on the way to purchase my goods when I saw a thick, oat filled bar with oozing caramel. Even though I knew it had a million calories, I had to purchase it.
It was completely unhealthy but totally worth it.
I have a soft spot for gooey caramel. Who doesn't?
This recipe came from food.com. I spiced it up, figuratively of course, by adding a cup of chopped cashews.
The ingredients are 1 cup chopped cashews, 2 cups all-purspose flour, 2 cups oats, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups melted butter, 12 ounces chocolate chips, and 16 or 17 ounces of caramel. I used a brand that wasn't thick enough; the caramel partially melted into the bar. The recipe suggested Mrs. Richardson's caramel sauce.
I added the flour and oats to the melted butter.
I added the brown sugar, salt, and baking soda.
I stirred everything together.
I added half of the mixture to an oiled and lined 9 by 13 inch baking pan. I spread the oats into an even layer.
I baked the first layer for 17 minutes at 325 degrees. After it had partially set, I added the chocolate chips, cashews, and caramel sauce. This was my favorite part!
I evenly placed crumbles of the remaining oat mixture on top of the carmel and chocolate goodness.
I baked this for another 17 minutes at 325 degrees.
I let it cool for over 3 hours. It was pipping hot straight from the oven, and the caramel was like molten lava.
These were magnificent! They were rich and luxurious.
I cut these into small squares because they were sweet. If you have a sweet-tooth like me, these will sate any sweet urge you'll ever encounter.
Oats are an excellent cookie or bar ingredient because they add a little crunch. The chocolate and caramel melt together into a delicious center. Everyone who tasted these bars enjoyed them immensely.