Fudge Brownie Bars with Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust And Chocolate Ganache Frosting

 

 

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Fudge Brownie Bars with Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust And Chocolate Ganache Frosting

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My mother and daughter Amanda are currently obsessed with all things Salted Caramel.  When I spotted this bag of Salted Caramel Pretzels in snack aisle at Market Basket I immediately thought of them, and tossed a bag into my grocery cart. On my drive home from the store I began creating this recipe in my head… and as soon as the groceries were put away, I began baking.  Latter that night I served my mother and family with these heavenly Fudge Brownie Bars for dessert….they were a big hit that night, and an even bigger hit this past weekend at a friends BBQ.

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Fudge Brownie Bars with Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust And Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour

8 graham crackers (1 full stack)

21/2 cups Salted Caramel Pretzel pieces (1 bag)

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

11/2 sticks salted butter; melted

Step-by-Step

1 combine first four ingredients in bowl food processor fitted with metal blade attachment

2 process 30 seconds; with processor running add melted butter through feed tube opening; process 30 seconds

3 remove and transfer crust mixture in 13×9 glass baking dish; using metal spatula press crust crumble evenly and firmly in baking dish

Fudge Brownie

Ingredients

3 sticks salted butter

11/4 cup semi sweet Ghirardelli chocolate

3 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

23/4 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon chocolate flavoring

11/2 cups all-purpose flour

Step-by-Step

1 in bowl of stand mixer fitted with metal attachment whisk eggs salt sugar, vanilla and chocolate flavoring until light colored creamy texture forms

2 melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat; and chocolate; stir continuously until chocolate completely melts; add to bowl of stand mixer; beat on low speed until smooth; add flour mix well

3 pour mixture over prepare salted caramel pretzel crust; Bake 25-30 minutes in preheated 350° oven; or until cake tester inserted in center is removed clean of batter; cool 30 minutes

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Ingredients

1 stick salted butter

1 teaspoon chocolate extract

12 oz. semi sweet chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

Step-by-Step

1 combine all ingredients and medium-size saucepan; place sauce pan over medium-high heat; stir continuously until butter and chocolate melt, and silky smooth mixture comes together

2 transfer to mixing bowl; refrigerate 30 minutes; remove from refrigerator, and mix well

3 evenly spread ganache frosting over cooled brownie; refrigerate 4 hours; using sharp knife cut into squares before serving

*Note~ Will keep several days in airtight container refrigerated

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