Good morning! How was your weekend? Is it starting to feel a little like Fall in your area? Leaves are falling here, the squirrels are working overtime collecting nuts, and it is getting dark before nine.
I am breaking out my cashmere robe and sweaters and assembling my lists of Fall wardrobe "must haves". I cannot wait for the "nesting" to begin. Yes it is a wee bit premature as today was in the 80's again but I can feel the change coming.
I know that there are many of you who feel exactly as I do so and my guess it that you are doing the same that I am, not to mention thinking about the holidays too. I laugh to myself each time I am on Pinterest because the majority of the pins are for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating and treats. Summer seems to be a distant memory for some. Does returning to school signal the end of summer?
Speaking of treats, I made some traditional treats with a twist this weekend. Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Sprinkled with Sea Salt are similar to "Blondie's" and Congo Bars but different. They are filled with dark chocolate chunks, taste sweet and buttery, and are moist and chewy. Frankly they are almost too sweet without the salt sprinkled on top. I recommend eating them warm from the oven.
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Sprinkled with Sea Salt
Recipe from Week Of Menu's
1 cup of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
21/2 cups of brown sugar
2 large eggs
21/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup 60% Dark chocolate chips
1 cup of semi-sweet chips
1 tablespoon sea salt
Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter, after a few minutes the butter will start to foam. WATCH the butter and stir with a whisk to keep from burning. You want brown bits to form on the bottom of the pan. Once butter is browned, and smells nutty remove from heat. Be careful not to burn the butter, it is easy to do. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 375, and prepare a 13x8 half sheet cake pan with cooking spray, set aside. In a medium bowl beat brown sugar and butter until mixed well, add eggs and beat until creamy. In a separate bowl combine flower and baking soda. Then pour flour mixture into sugar mixture and beat until combines. Add chocolate chips and stir by hand. Pour mixture into the prepared pan, mixture will be thick so use a spatula or hands to spread around in the pan.
Sprinkle the entire pan lightly with the sea salt.
Bake for 18-25 minutes or until light brown.
Remove from oven, cool on a rack, then cut and serve.