One of the best things about being on the Bake-Off Contest floor was walking around and sampling the other contestants’ recipes. Last year I was too nervous to do so and opted to go back to the hotel room and hide under the covers. But this year, I walked around and tasted as many things as I could. One entry that really stood was the Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies – a recipe I hadn’t paid much attention to in the book, but which upon tasting, I knew I had to make immediately.
I love Take 5 Bars, the candy after which these brownies were modeled, so I loved these. They are sweet, a little salty, and have a bit of crunch from the Reese’s cereal. The Reese’s cereal tastes great. I thought it would get soggy but it stays crisp and airy and balances out the richness of the brownies.
Fuzz and I made these late yesterday. The worst part of making these was unwrapping the caramels. When will someone start packaging unwrapped blocks of caramel for baking? Maybe it’s not easy to do from a packaging standpoint (I wouldn’t know), but it’s 2006 and you’d think we’d have come up with a way to get past having to stand there and unpeel each little caramel. Lucky for me I have a 4 year old helper. But soon she’ll catch on to the fact that unwrapping caramel is not fun. The end results were worth the trouble of unwrapping the caramels.