Friday, May 7, 2010

Perry Bars

It doesn't get much better than this:

You may have noticed, but I do a lot of baking.  Some of it can be pretty elaborate or complicated, so it's a bit surprising that my favourite dessert is only a little more involving than a Rice Krispy square.  It's so simple my son could even do most of it, if he ever stopped playing construction site long enough to care what I'm doing in the kitchen.

I'm not sure what these bars are actually called, so I've affectionately dubbed them "Perry Bars".  All I really know is that I've been eating them for as long as I can remember, and it's hard to top how good they are.  They have a nanaimo bar top, with a peanut butter/rice krispy/corn flake bottom.

If you make any baking this year, you have to make these.


The Base:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tsps butter
2 cups rice krispies
1 cup corn flakes

Put first 4 ingredients in the top of a double boiler, or in a heavy saucepan (on medium heat) and mix until dissolved.

Fold in rice krispies and mix well, then mix in corn flakes.

Spread over 9x11 pan (or smaller. i sometimes find that pan too large)

The Filling:
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Combine milk and custard powder in a small bowl. 

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter. 

Add custard mix to butter, mix well, then blend in icing sugar. 

Spread over base and allow to set.

The Topping:
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbsp butter.

Melt together and spread over top of squares. 



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