Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream


 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie

Ice cream sandwiches are the best type of sandwiches. There’s ice cream, and then there’s cookies holding it together - two of my favourite things, all mashed together. I’ve made a few in the past - frozen yoghurt versions, and an earl grey ice cream and chocolate cookie situation, but until now, hadn’t posted the classic chocolate chip ice cream sandwich, so figured it was about time. I didn’t really grow up eating them - for some reason they aren’t really a thing in Nz (our ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream between two pink wafers), but I think that making them at home is way better anyway.

For this Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, I took my very favourite cookie recipe that I developed a while ago, which draws on all my favourite elements of a cookie, and tweaked it a little. The really fun thing about making cookies is that you can change the ratio of the ingredients to manipulate the final product. I wanted these cookies to be a little thinner than the originals, so I increased the butter and decreased the flour to help with the spread, and then also changed up the ratio of the sugar. White sugar in a cookie gives you spread and crispiness, while brown gives you chew and thickness, so by playing around with the amounts of different types of sugars, you can control how thick your final cookie is. Yay for science right?! I also added an extra yolk just to help give the cookies some chew, and skipped the resting step with the dough to help them spread a little more. This is what I love about baking - you can tweak a few things, check the outcome, and you have a whole new recipe. The cookies are amazingly delicious on their own, and I am so excited to have a new thinner cookie recipe for when I need it, but I wanted to amp it up a little bit, so they had to be sandwiched.

I tried Olive Oil Ice Cream for the first time just after I moved to NYC, and was blown away. It makes sense really - creamy ice cream and smooth olive oil is a great match. I just used my favourite ice cream base, then once the custard was made, added in a solid amount of Filippo Berio California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is a favourite of mine from their range. It is smooth and fruity without being too intense, so is the perfect pairing to add into ice cream. The Olive Oil Ice Cream paired perfectly with the chocolate and sweetness of the cookie - its a delicious variation on the classic vanilla and chocolate chip combo.

I then set the ice cream into a sheet pan, which meant that when it came time to assemble, I was able to just cut circles of ice cream out rather than mucking round with a scoop, which gives you the perfect ratio of cookie to ice cream, and beautiful clean sides. These keep amazingly in the freezer, which means you can make these in advance and have delicious cookie sandwiches stashed in your freezer for whenever the need strikes!The

A few wee tips:

  • Make sure that you remember to freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker if it needs it - at least 24 hours is ideal.

  • The cookie dough freezes well - just scoop it onto a wax paper lined tray, then freeze solid, and store in an airtight container or bag in the freezer. You may need to add a minute or two onto the bake time.

  • You want your ice cream to be pretty firm, so if you can, give it overnight to set before you assemble.

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream

- Makes about 12 ice cream sandwiches -

Olive Oil Ice Cream
200g sugar
6 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
Pinch of salt
650g whole milk
430g heavy cream
125g Filippo Berio California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Chocolate Chip Cookies
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200g white sugar
120g dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
280g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
350g dark chocolate (I used 72%) wafers or bar, chopped
Flaky Sea Salt such as Maldon for finishing 

 

- PROCESS -

OLIVE OIL ICE CREAM

In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well until pale. Set aside. 

In a large pot over medium heat, heat the milk until bubbles begin to form around the outer edge of the pot. Pour half of the milk into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Whisk briskly until combined. This will temper the egg yolks and stop them from scrambling. 

Pour the milk and yolk mixture back into the pot, and return to a low heat. Whisk constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon, and registers at 170˚f / 75˚c on a thermometer. 

Strain though a fine mesh strainer. Stir in the cream, then add the Filippo Berio California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Transfer to an airtight container and chill for at least two hours, or overnight.

Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a quarter sheet pan or 9 x 13 baking dish lined with wax paper. Place a second piece of wax paper on the surface of the ice cream and smooth down. Place in the freezer in a flat place for 3-4 hours, or until frozen solid.

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 350f° / 180°c and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars on high speed for 5 minutes, until pale, and light and fluffy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla, and mix to combine, scraping down the bowl when necessary. 

Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the mixing bowl, and mix on low to just combine. 

Add the chopped chocolate and mix until just incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer and give a few mixes by hand using a flexible spatula, to ensure even incorporation of the chocolate. 

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. Toward the end of the chilling process, preheat the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a 2 Tbsp Cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets - I like to scoop enough for one tray at a time, and leave the remainder in the bowl until I am ready to bake. Roll into balls and arrange evenly on the tray - 6-8 dough balls fit well for me. 

Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until lightly golden and beginning to set. Baking time depends on personal preference - if you like them a little softer, bake for 12 mins, if you like them a tiny bit crispy then bake for 13. Remove from the oven and sprinkle liberally with flaky sea salt. Allow to cool on the pan - the cookies will deflate slightly as they cool. Repeat the baking process with the remaining cookies. 

Store in an airtight container until ready to assemble.

ASSEMBLY

Match up the cookies in pairs of similar size. Line a quarter sheet pan or large freezer safe plate with parchment paper. Using a round cookie cutter slightly smaller than the cookie, cut out circles of ice cream. It may help to mark where you are going to cut first, so you can get as many cut-outs as possible. Place the circle of ice cream on one cookie, and top with a second. Place on the prepared sheet pan, and place into the freezer. Repeat until you have run out of ice cream. 

Rest the cookie sandwiches in the freezer for an hour or so, or until the ice cream has re-frozen completely. Store the remaining cookie sandwiches in an airtight container or ziploc bag.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwich a creamy, smooth disc of olive oil ice cream. The perfect summer treat. #oliveoilicecream #icecreamsandwich #chocolatechipcookie

Thank you so much to Filippo Berio for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream


 
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream

It’s been a hot minute since I posted a chocolate tart, so I figured it was about time I fixed that. They are one of my favourite desserts to make - I’m not sure if that’s because pressing the graham cracker crust into the pan is super satisfying, or if it’s because I love how lovely and smooth they set up, or if it’s because I just love eating them so much. They are super simple to make, and can be customised any way you like to suit whatever flavour profile you are after - I love making a base tart (this but without the marshmallow is my go to) and topping it with fresh berries and cream for an easy summer twist!

I am a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to recipes - once I get a good base recipe, I tend to stick with it, and it makes its way into a whole bunch of recipes from there. Both the crust and the filling of this tart are snuck from other recipes of mine - the salted caramel dark chocolate ganache filling first made its debut in these doughnuts, then again in macarons, and I really wanted to see if it would work as a tart filling! Spoiler alert - it’s great, a little on the sweet side, but I balanced that nicely with a well salted chocolate crust, and a super creamy earl grey mascarpone whipped cream, which I was going to pipe all fancy, but went with my default french star tip instead.

I love flavouring whipped cream - you just have to warm it slightly, then add your flavour and let it steep, then strain it out, and chill the cream before whipping it up. I like to add mascarpoone to cream when I need it to be a little more stable - it gives it a lovely extra creamy texture, and holds its form much longer, so is also great if you need to make it ahead a little. The dark chocolate and the salted caramel in the filling go so beautifully with the earl grey in the cream, and it is all complimented perfectly by the slightly salty chocolate crust. This tart is great for feeding a crowd, as you really only need a teeny sliver of it - but I bet you catch yourself coming back for more. I had some for breakfast the other day and so can therefore confirm that it is great at any time of the day!

A few wee tips:

  • When you are making the ganache and mixing in the cream, make sure that you don’t blend on the surface. This aerates the mixture and will make loads and loads of tiny bubbles, which isn’t ideal. I like to mix the cream into the chocolate in a pyrex jug so that there is a little bit of depth so it’s easier to avoid blending on the surface!

  • You may have a teeny bit of ganache left - pour it into a small jar or something - it makes a lovely fridge treat! You can probably pour a bit more in if you like too - I was being careful!

  • If you don’t want to make the earl grey whipped cream, plain mascarpone whipped cream will do too - just skip the step where you infuse the cream, and use 320g cream.

  • The ganache needs time to set - I like to give it overnight if I can.

  • If you don’t want a chocolate crust on this, I have a great brown butter graham cracker crust here. You can use digestive biscuits too if you can’t find grahams!

  • Ideally, you want to add the whipped cream close ish to the time you are serving!

 

 

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream

- Makes one 9" tart, serves 10-12 people -

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust
2 sleeves (290g) graham crackers or similar biscuit
1/4 cup (35 grams) cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
3 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
135g unsalted butter, melted

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Filling
270g dark chocolate, chopped (I used Guittard 72% wafers)
500g heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
3/4 tsp salt
35g water
240g sugar
30g light corn syrup or glucose
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature

Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream
430g heavy cream
15g loose leaf earl grey tea
225g mascarpone, cold
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
50g powdered sugar, sifted
pinch of salt

 

- PROCESS -

CHOCOLATE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

Preheat the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c. Place all the ingredients except for the butter in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the graham crackers resemble crumbs and the mixture is well combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the melted butter.

Evenly press the crust into a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom. Use a glass or measuring cup to help you press it against the sides of the pan. Place the pan onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes, then allow to cool completely. 

 

DARK CHOCOLATE SALTED CARAMEL GANACHE FILLING

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heat proof bowl.

In a small, heavy bottomed saucepan, place the cream, vanilla bean paste and salt, and place over low heat. You just want to warm it - not let it boil.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring or swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture is a deep amber colour. Remove from the heat and adda third of the warmed cream mixture. Be careful as it will steam and sputter. Whisk well to combine. Add the second third, combine, then add the remaining cream, and whisk until well incorporated.

Pour a third of the the caramel cream mixture over the chopped chocolate, then cover the bowl with a lid or plate and leave to stand for 2 minutes. Mix with a stick blender to emulsify the mixture. Add the remaining caramel mixture in two additions, mixing well with the stick blender to ensure even incorporation.

Cool the mixture to 95°f / 35°c (you can either leave it at room temperature, stirring occasionally, which will take some time, or you can pop it into the fridge, stirring and checking the temperature often), then add in the butter and mix with the stick blender to emulsify.

Place the prepared tart shell (still in the removable bottom pan) onto a baking sheet, and pour the ganache into the tart shell, stopping just shy of the edges (you may have a little leftover - pour this into a small container and set up in the fridge for a little snack). Transfer to a flat shelf in the fridge and leave to chill until set, preferably overnight.

EARL GREY MASCARPONE WHIPPED CREAM

Place the heavy cream in a small saucepan. Bring to just shy of a simmer, then remove from the heat and add the loose leaf tea, stirring to combine. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes, then strain the tea from the cream, pressing down with the back of a spoon to get as much flavour out as possible.

Measure the strained cream and top up to 320g if needed, then transfer to a small airtight container and place in the fridge until cooled completely.

Place the cold mascarpone in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and mix briefly to break up and soften. Add the chilled earl grey cream, vanilla bean paste, powdered sugar, and salt, and whip until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overwhip.

Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large french star tip.

ASSEMBLY

Remove the chilled tart from the fridge. Pipe blobs of earl grey cream over the surface of the tart.

To serve, cut using a sharp knife which has been run under hot water and then dried. Wipe between cuts.

Store leftovers in the fridge.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Ganache Tart with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust and Earl Grey Mascarpone Whipped Cream - this chocolate tart comes together quickly, and is the perfect easy dessert that easily feeds a crowd. A crunch base is topped with a silky smooth chocolate salted caramel filling, and finished with an earl grey mascarpone whipped cream. #chocolatetart #saltedcaramel #earlgreywhippedcream

Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars


 
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter
Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter

Are you sick of Rhubarb yet? I am not. I don’t think that I will ever be, in fact. So here we are again with another rhubarb recipe - this time for Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars. That sounds super fancy, but essentially I took my favourite shortbread recipe (which we used in these mini egg bars), jacked it up even more with some brown butter, then used it as both the base and the topping for these strawberry rhubarb bars. The use of the shortbread in both the base and topping gives a double dose of texture either side of the jammy fruit filling, without having to make two separate components.

The filling for these is super simple - strawberries, rhubarb, a little sugar, and some starch to help bind things. There’s no cooking things down into a jam, it’s just the standard equation for a fruit filling I usually stick by : fruit plus sweetener plus starch. I love how rhubarb cooks down but still holds its shape in these bars - which gives not only that tartness that rhubarb is amazing for, but a little more texture than if you were to cook the fruit down prior to adding to the bars. As long as your base is cooked nicely before adding the fruit, you’re all good to avoid any sogginess.

I kept the ratio of rhubarb to strawberry a bit higher on the rhubarb side, as I wanted the flavour to really come through. You could absolutely switch it up, but be aware that strawberries are a lot more watery than rhubarb, so you may have to tweak the quantity of starch a bit to account for that.

I browned the butter in the shortbread, which is slightly more labour intensive than just using regular butter, but in my opinion is so, so worth it - the toasty brown butter plays off the hazelnuts and brown sugar in the shortbread base, which elevates the whole thing in the most amazing way.

I’ve included directions on how to just use regular butter if you are a little short on time and don’t have time for the butter to cool, or would like to skip that step. These would be perfect for taking to a picnic, or as a simple dessert for a summer dinner - they are so, so good with a scoop of ice cream!

A few wee tips:

  • This is important - each batch of brown butter will yield a slightly different amount of liquid. I have added milk into the recipe to account for the moisture loss - my brown butter came out at 180g, so I added 45g milk (to make it back up to 225g). You will need to weigh your brown butter and work out how much milk needs to be added (it’s probably around 45g) - to work this out, weigh your brown butter, then subtract the weight from 225 - that is your milk amount! Or if that’s too tricky, 45g milk will work just great too.

  • The brown butter needs a little bit of time (about 45 min) in the fridge to come back to a soft butter consistency so that you can cream it with the sugar

  • If you don’t want to brown the butter, you don’t have to, although I think it is a delicious step! If you don’t want to, you can just use 225g of unsalted butter, at room temperature, and you can leave out the milk (which accounts for the moisture loss while browning the butter)

  • I used pre-chopped hazelnuts, but if you can’t find those, finely chop some toasted hazelnuts. To toast them, place them on a baking sheet and roast for about 10 mins in the oven at 350°f / 180°c.

  • These definitely are easiest to cut once they are properly cool and have time to set - pop them in the fridge to speed this up if you need!

  • I actually shot the first test of these, before I tweaked the base a little - so it looks a little on the uncooked side. The final recipe has you cook it a little more!

  • The measurements for the fruit are taken after they were trimmed - so the ends chopped off the rhubarb, and the tops taken from the strawberries.

 

 

Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

- Makes 12 bars -

Brown Butter Hazelnut Shortbread
225g unsalted butter, diced
120g brown sugar
45g milk (see notes)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp salt
340g all-purpose flour
60g toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped

Filling
500g trimmed rhubarb, diced
300g trimmed strawberries, diced
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
100g white sugar
3 Tbsp tapioca starch
1/4 tsp salt

 

- PROCESS -

SHORTBREAD

Place the butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until melted, then continue to cook, stirring often, until it begins to brown and smell nutty. Watch it carefully, as it can easily be over done. It will go foamy, and then be done soon after. Transfer to a bowl to stop the cooking process. Place in the fridge, stirring occasionally, until it is a soft butter consistency (I like to pour it straight into my mixer bowl to save dishes).

Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Grease a 9” (23cm) baking tin, and line with two pieces of parchment paper, with the ends extending over the edges of the pan to form a ‘sling’ to help you remove the bars after baking.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cooled brown butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla bean paste and mix to combine. Add the salt and flour, and mix on low until just combined, then add the chopped hazelnuts and mix briefly to incorporate.

Set aside 300g of the shortbread in a bowl, and place in the fridge until needed. Transfer the rest to the lined baking tin, pressing down to form an even layer with an offset spatula or flat bottom of a drinking glass.

Dock the shortbread using a fork, then bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Leave the oven on.

FILLING AND ASSEMBLY

Place the diced rhubarb and strawberry in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla bean paste. In a small separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, tapioca starch, and salt. Add to the bowl along with the fruit, and then mix to combine, ensuring the fruit is evenly coated with the starch mixture.

Transfer the fruit mixture to the slightly cooled shortbread, flattening down gently to make an even layer.

Sprinkle the reserved shortbread over the surface of the fruit - I like to press some of it together with my fingers to make bigger crumbs so that there is some size variation.

Return the baking tin to the oven and bake for a further 55 to 60 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Check it at 40 minutes and tent with foil in for the remainder of the bake time if the topping looks as if it is getting too golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature (this can be sped up in the fridge). Remove from the tin using the parchment paper sling.Slice using a sharp knife.

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature - they are best the day of or the day after they are made.

Brown Butter Hazelnut Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars - a brown butter hazelnut shortbread is used as both the base and the crumble topping for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. These are the perfect early summer easy dessert! #crumbbars #strawberryrhubarb #brownbutter