Rocky road bars

These cookie bars have a fudge-like brownie base that is started and mixed in a saucepan. Easy peasey. According to Sharon Tyler Herbst, rocky road “is the American appellation given to a ‘bumpy’ candy composed of chocolate, nuts and marshmallows.” These are definitely ‘bumpy.’ And chewy. And gooey. The consensus here is that they are very good, awfully rich if not too terribly sweet.

The saucepan mixture is baked for a bit before chocolate chips and marshmallows are layered on top and the whole lot is baked a bit more. Ms. Herbst insists the chips and puffs be layered in a specific manner in order to hold together when they are cooled and cut, and when baking these I took her word for it. She also stipulates that the pan be covered and sealed with aluminum foil for this final baking stage. The foil is not to be removed for a set period of time after baking either. But for my taste if marshmallows aren’t caramelized they are not worth eating. Maybe it’s the s’mores that are in my near future (a vacation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula coming up right quick and s’mores are a traditional part of that for us) but the pasty white, barely melted marshmallows that lay under the aluminum foil cover looked as an unappetizing as could be, and so I popped the whole thing under the broiler for a fraction of a minute. Much better, don’t you agree?


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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