Tuesday, December 18, 2012

-bimbo bark, a new holiday tradition-

Contrary to what you might think, I neither named, nor was named after, this recipe.

I was doing a wine tasting for an account's wine club the other Friday night, and a customer brought in a little treat for everyone.

"Wow, this is amazing---what is it?"
"Bimbo bark."
"I'm sorry?"
"Yeah, it's called bimbo bark because it's so easy, any bimbo can make it."
(This is considerably more funny if you know the customer is a sassy second generation Sicilian.)

Color me intrigued.

So I took the "recipe" and jazzed it up a little bit. This is the perfect solution for all of those little holiday gifty bags, and incredibly affordable too (Did I mention I had horrific food poisoning that same week, and therefore was the owner of a plethora of Saltines?).

Makes one full cookie sheet-worth. But let's be honest, you'll probably want to at least double it. This stuff is like crack.

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (12 Tbsp.)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 sleeves of Saltines
bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup toasted almonds slices
sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, then with a single layer of Saltines. They should fit perfectly :)

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and sugar, stir well.

Pour over the saltines. Spread evenly with a flexible spatula.

Cook in the oven for 3 minutes, or until just beginning to bubble.

Sprinkle the chocolate morsels over the saltines (surprisingly, less is more).

Let them sit a minute, then spread evenly with the spatula.

Sprinkle toasted almonds and sea salt (if desired). I had some tasty Hawaiian sea salt lying around and decided to get fancy with the spices!

Refrigerate until completely cooled and hardened, then break into pieces. Try not to eat the whole yourself, ok?

Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!