Caramel witches from The Fat Witch Bakery
At the Bakery, Caramel Witches are the first to sell out every afternoon when people come in and need something sticky and gooey to help get through the rest of the day.A classic chocolate brownie with buttery caramel oozing out the sides, it's easy to see why people go crazy for this combination. No need to make caramel from scratch. The cellophane wrapped squares available at the supermarket work great. Adding a big handful of chopped pecans to the batter turns these bars into Turtle Witches.
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- 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon bittersweet chocolate chips
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 30 caramel squares
- 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
1Grease a 9x9 baking dish with butter. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.
2Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
3Meanwhile, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in the nuts.
4Measure the flour and salt and then sift directly onto the chocolate mixture. (I don't sift anything, so I just gave them a stir and then sprinkled it on the top of the chocolate mixture.) Mix until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remains
5Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it out to reach the edges. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you make the caramel sauce.
6Unwrap the caramels and place them in a microwaveable bowl with the water. Microwave on medium powder and check every 50 seconds or until the caramels have melted into a thick liquid. Let cool for 5 minutes. Whisk the caramel with a fork to get a consistent texture. Pour the caramel over the batter in the pan. Don't go all the way to the edges and don't worry about covering every spot. Place the pan back in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the caramel to set.
7Remove the pan from the fridge and spread the remaining half of the batter evenly over the caramel using a spatula. Let the pan sit for 15 minutes to come to room temperature.
8Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 35 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
9Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before serving.