I had leftover Rice Krispies from when I made marshmallow crispy treats so I began flipping through my dessert books to see where else I could use them when I came across this yummy recipe. Glossy dark chocolate upon milk chocolate peanut butter upon candied crispy rice cereal? Sounds good to me! These are decadent and very rich so I recommend serving them in small portions.
makes: an 8×8 of crispy bars
from: Baked: New Frontiers In Baking
For the crispy crust
1 ¾ cup crisped rice cereal
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the milk chocolate peanut butter layer
5 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Ghirardelli)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
For the chocolate icing
3 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon light corn syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Make the crispy crust: Lightly spray a paper towel with nonstick cooking spray and use it to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.
Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
Pour ¼ cup hot water into a small saucepan. Gently add the sugar and corn syrup (do not let any sugar or syrup get on the sides of the pan) and use a small wooden spoon to stir the mixture until just combined. Put a candy thermometer in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 235 degrees F.
Remove from the heat, stir in the butter, and pour the mixture over the cereal. Working quickly, stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated, then pour it into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan (do not press up the sides). Let the crust cool to room temperature while you make the next layer.
Make the milk chocolate peanut butter layer: In a non-reactive metal bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Put the pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the top layer hardens.
Make the chocolate icing: In a large non-reactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.
Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the chilled milk chocolate peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer. Put the pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the topping hardens.
Cut into small squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to 4 days.