1-¼ c. all-purpose flour
¾ c. sugar, divided
1 c. butter, divided
1 - 10-oz. (300 mL) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1-½ c. milk chocolate melting wafers
Pecan halves, toasted (see Note)
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F. Combine flour with ¼ c. of the sugar. Using fingers, rub in ½ c. of the butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. Press into lightly greased 8-in. square pan. Bake 20-to-25 min., until pale golden. Chill base.
In medium saucepan over low heat, stir together sweetened condensed milk, remaining sugar, remaining butter, and corn syrup until sugar is fully dissolved, about 5 min. Bring to a boil about 10 min. over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until cream thickens and starts to caramelize to a medium gold. Remove from heat, spreading evenly over chilled base. Chill until thoroughly cold, about an hour.
Heat chocolate melting wafers by placing a metal bowl over - not in - a pot of simmering water, stirring until partially melted. Remove from heat, continuing to stir until fully melted. Spread over caramel later. Chill 3 min. Lightly score chocolate layer into 36 - 1-⅓ in.-square bars, pressing a toasted pecan half into each. Return to refrigerator and chill until chocolate has hardened and set, about 15 min. Recut along score marks, cutting deeply through base of bar.
|Measure butter accurately|
|Rub in to sugar and flour as crumbs|
|Press into pan and bake|
|Combine ingredients for gooey caramel layer|
|Cool slowly at first ...|
|Gradually bring to a boil|
|Pour over chilled base; chill caramel layer|
|Pour warm chocolate over caramel|
|Spread evenly; chill 3 min.|
|Lightly score and decorate; rechill|
|Cut well-chilled bars all the way through|
Note: See How to Toast Nuts in Index.
Further Note: As shown in the final photograph, I use a straight-edged pastry-cutting tool to slice bar cookies and candies such as fudge. I highly recommend this cutter. Because it cuts straight down in a single motion, crumbs won’t fly over te finished product as they do with the “sawing” motion of a knife.