Tuesday, February 24, 2009

TWD - Crunchy Toffee Bars

Every time I bake with toffee chips, I think of Heath Ledger. You get it, right, Heath Toffee / Heath Ledger. I know I'm weird. But in honor of the Oscars this week, I thought a photo of Heath was appropriate.
He was a great actor with a brilliant future ahead of him. Sad. Of course, my real photo choice of the week was going to be my personal favorite Hugh Jackman. Since he was the host of the Oscars, I think it only fitting that we post a photo of him, as well, right? After all, he IS the sexiest man alive. I knew he could act, and look pretty, but dang - he can sing and dance too!

Okay girls - get your minds out of the gutter and back to the matter at hand. Truly, get serious! We are here to talk about crunchy toffee bars. Let me just say that I am glad I made these earlier in the weekend because I ended up having to spend some time with a nice young doctor at the ER due to a severe asthma attack! It's heck not being able to breathe folks. It has now turned into acute bronchitis. Not sure which is better, but at least I can breathe. I just cough my lungs out every time I breathe now.

Since the yankee has decided all my baking is going to his hips, or his stomach, or wherever, I decided to just make half this recipe. It really was easy to whip up. My only problem was it was hard to spread the chocolate on top of the hot dough mixture. Was I supposed to let the base cool first? The instructions weren't too clear on that I thought. Or maybe my brain was foggy from no oxygen going there. I used milk chocolate instead of bittersweet in these because I am not a fan of the bitter. My toffee bits also had some chocolate in them because the hubster picked up the wrong package at the store. God love him. He tries. These bars were a bit too rich for my taste. Too buttery and chocolatey. And not crunchy really. I'm thinking I did not cook the crust long enough. Maybe they will be better in a day or two?Thanks to Whitney of What's Left on the Table for choosing the toffee bars. Whitney is a very creative blogger. The recipe for these bars will be posted on her blog so jump over there and try them today!

32 comments:

natalia said...

Ciao Peggy ! I agree both on Heat Ledger and on the bars !!Love

HoneyB said...

I never got to make these! I know, the day's isn't over yet ;)

Heather Lee said...

Peggy, if you don't have anyone to help eat your wonderful food, you just bring it to me and I promise I'll help you out. These look AWESOME!

Matt's Kitchen said...

I'm sorry to hear about your asthma attack. They can be pretty frightening. Just focus on Hugh or Heath and try to breathe. (You certainly do like men with great hair)

I hope your bronchitis clears up soon. Time to have your husband cook and bake for you!

Cathy said...

Peggy, sorry about your breathing woes! I love Heath (Ledger) and heath (toffee) and therefore appreciate your post. Your crunch bars look great!

Jessica said...

The bars look yummy! I used semisweet chocolate on mine and I wished I'd gone the milk chocolate route.

Teanna said...

Sorry you weren't a fan of the bars, but I am not sorry you are a fan of Hugh Jackman! How sexy was he at the Oscars?!

Nancy said...

Hmmmm, you have the most interesting pictures, Heath and Hugh - and your toffee bars are great too! ;-)

Anne said...

Our minds were on the same wavelength this week with Heath! I'll agree about Hugh, too. When I was 9 months pregnant and on Christmas break for work we watched all three Xmen in a row. I can't tell you how close I was to naming my baby "Logan!" :) Keep up the great work!

Amanda said...

These look perfect, nice job! Mine were a bit crisp, but still tasty :)

n.o.e said...

Peggy, we should average our bars out and maybe then they'd be perfect. I'm pretty sure I overbaked my crust. Feel better soon!
Nancy

Maria said...

Toffee is my favorite!! I am loving this recipe!!

Jules Someone said...

These were yummy and rich. Try chopped nuts instead of the toffee. Nice!

Sara said...

I love toffee chips! These look really delicious, I've had my eye on this recipe for a while.

Mary Ann said...

Yum and double yum for adding a pic of my fave actor, Heath Ledger. Your bars look fab!

farah said...

These look great. They are a little rich on their own but perfect with some tea or coffee :)

pinkstripes said...

I always love the eye candy in your posts.

Your bars look awesome. I hope you feel better soon. Not being able to breathe is scary.

Natashya said...

I totally approve of peppering your foodie posts with pictures of good looking men!
The bars look really good!

chocolatechic said...

Oh...oh...oh....

Drooling.


And your bars look great too.

TeaLady said...

Heath ledger and hugh jackman - together would be way too much, but we could live with that. **SIGH**

Your cookies look great.

Hope you are better now.

Aggie said...

I'm so happy Heath Ledger won...these bars look so yummy!!

BAKE-EN said...

I halved the batch too. It seems crazy to make a full batch for two people. We liked them, but it's really not a bar you can pig out on because they are so sweet.

bakingwiththeboys said...

Hope you feel better soon. I went with half bittersweet and half milk. really good.

Danielle said...

Your cookies came out great, good job.

Jill said...

These were super rich. Thanks for the pictures of something other than food!

Audrey said...

I'm more of a Hugh girl than a Heath girl (I remember him first from that movie where he time-travels to New York...now, not remembering what is was called will drive me nuts and I'll have to eat a cookie.) Hope you feel better soon!

Kaitlin said...

Eeek - I hope you feel better soon! Sorry these weren't to your tastes. Cooking them for longer might be the ticket.

Pamela said...

I hope you are feeling better very soon! And I love that pic of Hugh Jackman. He looks great there! But then, doesn't he always? Nice job on the cookies.

Gabe's Girl said...

I think I overbaked my crust. It was a lil on the crispy side. The ice cream addition helped, though. I forgot to set my timer and winged it! I am hopelessly dependent on my timer. Good job!

Gabi said...

Looks fabulous!
Heath and Hugh -mmmm oh the bars are pretty too ;)

Di said...

I hope you're feeling better, Peggy. The bars look good--too bad they weren't crunchy. Mine were, and that was definitely part of their appeal.

Linda said...

Sorry that these bars were not your cup o' tea. On to the cake for this coming week!

I've alway thought that Hugh Jackman was a hunk, but after his amazing performance at the Oscars --- WOW!!!