Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mars oatmeal bar

It's finally over.. 2nd year that is. Only 3 more years till I become a dentist! 2nd year has passed by so darrn quickly. It's probably got to do with all those night labs and clinic, finishing classes at 8.30pm. But hey, I've started honing my skills on restoring dummy patient's teeth, treated my first "real patient" and I've learnt so much on head and neck anatomy. It's a pity I'll never get the chance to dissect a cadaver's head again. 

Now I made this wayyyy back in September last year. It was for a picnic during the mid semester break and frankly it was when our friendship really started. I still remember being rather surprised that you actually agreed to join us and frankly, those chocolate/peanut butter cupcakes you made were pretty good. But then again these were gobbled up the moment I took them out. Crunchy, gooey, chocolatey. They were really delicious. Perfect for a picnic or a midday snack.

You can pretty much use any chocolate bar, Snickers or Milky Way will work just fine. And you won't miss much if you opt not to add in the chocolate chips like I did. They were a breeze to make and surprisingly, egg-less. Now, as a dental student, I'll have to point out that even though the recipe requires only 5 tablespoon of sugar, lets not forget the hidden sugar from the Mars bars :)

Mars oatmeal bar adapted from Martha Stewart by pepsakoy
Makes 12 medium sized bars

3 Mars bars
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
5 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 scant teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
142 g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Coat a 8-by-8- inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line with a sheet of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each short side. Put Mars bars and cream in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the bars are melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and the salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with a fork or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal; press half of mixture onto bottom of lined pan. Bake until just set and starting to color around edges, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.

Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips; drizzle with melted Mars mixture. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake until pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan before cutting into squares

Seeing where we are now, I wished I never told you.

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