A Bake in the Life: Sweet Marie Bars

I love learning about new recipes, especially when they come from discussion with friends about their favourite things to make and bake. This recipe comes from a friend of mine who has taught me quite a few of her favourite recipes. Originally from Canada, these sweet almost caramel peanut butter puffed rice bars are topped with chocolate are a well loved classic tray bake. Now, as you may have noticed I am a bit of a fan of salty peanuts and sweet chocolate so I couldn’t wait to get making these sweet marie bars!

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Sweet Marie Bars

You will need:

6 oz/170g Golden Syrup

2 oz/ 55g Rice Crispies

4 oz/ 115g Light Brown Sugar

2 tbsps Butter

4 oz/115g Smooth Peanut Butter (plus 2 oz/ 55g extra for the topping)

3½ oz/100g Milk/Dark Chocolate

Handful of chopped peanuts

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Let’s get started!

  • Grease a 2cm deep rectangular/square baking tin with butter/margarine.
  • In a large saucepan combine golden syrup, light brown sugar, butter and peanut butter, heating gently until melted and smooth.

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  • Remove from the heat and add the rice crispies, stirring carefully to combine without crushing too much.
  • Press into the prepared baking tin until flat and compact.

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  • Melt the milk chocolate carefully in the microwave, or in a bowl over gently simmering water – ensuring that the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  • Stir in the extra peanut butter then pour and spread over the puffed rice base.

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  • Sprinkle the top with the chopped peanuts and allow to cool until set (I decided to wrap the tin in cling film and chill overnight in the fridge).
  • You are all done!

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These bars were really easy to make and require no baking, only melting the ingredients on the hob or in the microwave. I decided to sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top of the chocolate, however you could always just leave it plain. The mixture of brown sugar and golden syrup give the puffed rice base a delicious sticky caramel taste which is particularly nice with the crunch of peanuts. I am very thankful to my friend Sophia for teaching me this recipe and I would definitely recommend giving it a go 🙂

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