Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Homemade Snickers Candy Bar

I'm not going to lie to you.  This recipe was time consuming to make.  In fact, I'd already decided that I would never make it again, until I fed it to a few people and they demanded more... and more... and more.  So, I may try to revamp this and make it a little simpler, but here is the original version, from Bon Appetit magazine.  If you're up for a challenge, it is scrumptious! 

Nonstick cooking spray
3 1/2 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup rice crispy cereal

Peanut Nougat:

1 large egg white
1/8 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup toasted salted peanuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Milk Chocolate Bavarian Cream:

4 tablespoons whole milk, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1 cup chilled heavy cream, divided
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
9 ounces milk chocolate, melted

Chocolate Coating:
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao), chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Special Equipment:
Candy thermometer

Coat a metal or glass baking pan with nonstick spray, then line with plastic wrap, pressing to smooth out any wrinkles.  This recipe suggest a 8 x 8 x 2 pan, which I didn't have, so I just used a 9 x 13 pan, which also worked fine.

Place chocolate in a medium metal bowl.  Set over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Remove bowl from saucepan. Stir in peanut butter, then cereal.  Transfer to prepared pan; press over bottom in an even layer. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Peanut Nougat:
Line a baking sheet with parchment; coat with nonstick spray.  Place egg white in a bowl and beat on medium until frothy.  Add 1/8 teaspoon sugar; beat until peaks begin to form. Bring honey to a boil in a saucepan. With mixer running, gradually add honey to egg white. Set aside.

Stir 3/4 cup sugar, corn syrup, and 3 tablespoons water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Attach a candy thermometer to side of pan. Increase heat; boil until mixture reaches 275°, 5–7 minutes.

Return mixer with egg white to medium speed.  Gradually add syrup to egg white, allowing it to drip down sides of bowl. Beat until glossy and stiff, about 5 minutes.  Fold in peanuts and salt. Spread nougat over prepared sheet in approximately the same shape/size as the pan you plan to use.  Let cool for 1 hour, then invert nougat over base in pan; peel off parchment. Spread over base in even layer.

Milk Chocolate Bavarian Cream:
Place 2 tablespoons milk in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over; let stand to soften, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring remaining 2 tablespoons milk and 1/4 cup cream to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Whisk yolks and sugar in a medium bowl; gradually whisk in hot cream mixture. Return to same pan.  Stir over medium-low heat until thickened and a thermometer registers 175°, about 3 minutes. Add gelatin; whisk until dissolved.

Place melted chocolate in another medium bowl. Pour cream mixture through a strainer into chocolate; whisk until smooth.  Beat remaining 3/4 cup chilled cream in a small bowl until soft peaks form.  Fold into chocolate mixture in 2 additions, folding just to blend between additions. Pour Bavarian cream over nougat, spreading in an even layer. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

Chocolate Coating:
Place chocolate and butter in a bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Invert pan onto a work surface; remove pan and peel off plastic.  Turn over.  Cut into slices, then halve each slice crosswise.  Transfer pieces to prepared baking sheet, base side down.  Using a spatula, spread chocolate over tops and sides of bars.  Freeze to set, 30 minutes.

Tips:  Next time I make this, I will double the chocolate coating - I ran out and ended up making more.  You can make this recipe up to 3 days ahead - just cover and freeze.  Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.  Enjoy the sugar rush!

1 comment:

  1. my peanut says she wants to sample your niblets and is willing to pay a premium for your secret sauce mon frer