My Cook: Butterscotch Bars

June 19, 2019
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Makes about 10 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes

These butterscotch bars are a textural and flavorful delight. A chewy base of oats, almonds, and brown sugar serves as the foundation for a gooey, thick layer of butterscotch, which supports a crunchy streusel topping. The signature flavor is courtesy of butterscotch chips, sweetened condensed milk, and a little butter quickly melted and mixed together in the microwave (if you don’t have a microwave, you can melt the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stovetop over low heat). The bars are then layered and slow cooked before broiling the top for a crisp finish. Resting the bars after broiling them is important for retaining their shape. If the bars are immediately removed from the pan, the hot butterscotch will seep out the sides. We found that 4 to 6 hours of cooling time is generally long enough to set the filling; we hate to make you wait that long, but we promise that it’s worth it!

Note: the ooey gooey nature of these bars makes extraction from the pan challenging, so we recommend taking the time to spray the pan thoroughly and line with a foil sling. The sling allows you to more easily extricate the bars, so be sure the foil overhangs the two long sides of the pan for easy lifting.

Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup (4 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

Spray Suvie pan with cooking spray, then line with an aluminum foil sling, ensuring the foil extends over the two long sides of the pan.

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Spray foil with the cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, almonds, baking soda, and ½ tsp salt. In a second bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg, and vanilla.

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Add butter mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients, stirring to incorporate.

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Set aside ¾ cup of the dough mixture for topping.

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Press remaining dough into the bottom of the prepared Suvie pan.

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In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat butterscotch chips, sweetened condensed milk, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tbsp butter at 50% power for 1-2 minutes, or until chips are melted, stirring halfway through.

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Pour butterscotch mixture over the crust and spread into an even layer with a spatula.

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Crumble remaining reserved topping evenly over the butterscotch.

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Insert pan into upper right zone of your Suvie and enter settings; cook immediately or schedule.

Slow Cook Settings

High for 1 hour

Starch: 0 minutes

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Once bars have finished cooking, broil for 5 minutes, or until topping is browned. Watch the topping carefully to ensure it doesn’t burn.

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Remove pan from Suvie, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely to set the butterscotch filling, about 4-6 hours. Run a metal knife around the edges of the pan and then, using the foil sling, lift bars out of the pan. Cut bars into 10 pieces and serve. Enjoy!

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Coffee Pairing

There are no wrong choices when pairing coffee with butterscotch. The rich sweetness of the butterscotch will be balanced out by the coffee regardless of what brew you choose. However, if you're struggling to pick we recommend starting out with Mocha Java.

Caroline Pierce