Julia and I are standing there in the kitchen laughing hysterically. We are picking the crumbs off of the counter and sneaking in little bites of our cooling masterpieces here and there. We have flour up to our elbows, and our non-air conditioned kitchen is steaming from the mid-summer sun and our overheated oven. It is the simplest of times that sometimes make the best of memories. It is these times where life seems easy, and perhaps even clear. It is these times that you make some absurd pinky promises to your best friends, like, "one day, we are going to do this for a living."
And so began our planning process. We hope, once we move into our new apartment in September, to break into the Farmer's Market niche in Boston. Will it be easy? No. Will it be time consuming and frustrating? Yes. But could it be an incredible opportunity to do something you love with someone who makes you laugh until you cry and makes a mean cookie? I think so. So now, we're compiling some of our favorite recipes to get them tested by friends, family and co-workers, and here is the first we are sure to have on our list.
Seven Layer Bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place butter in 13 x 9 inch pan and melt in oven. Swirl to coat bottom and sides with butter. Make sure your pan is liberally coated. It makes the bars tastier and easier to remove from the pan.
3. Spread and even layer of graham cracker crumbs over bottom of pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts. Sprinkle coconut over condensed milk.
Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool.