Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Homemade {Gourmet} Kit Kat Bars

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"Jackson Wildflowers" Photo courtesy "the hubster"

I mentioned in yesterday’s post I was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming holed up with my sweetie of 25 years at the Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa celebrating our wedding anniversary. Before you think I am boasting…let me just tell you…I can count on ONE HAND the times me and the hubster have gone on “a getaway” together in those 25 years. No lie.

As a matter of fact…we ALMOST let THIS anniversary go by without realizing it was a milestone anniversary. But somehow the stars and the planets were all aligned and the Gods were smiling upon us because this fabulous Groupon.com deal for a two-night stay in a beautiful suite came up out of the blue and seemed to have our names written ALL over it.

So here we are. It’s been a wonderfully relaxing and fun time. I had my first professional massage EVER at their gorgeous salon (Wow! WHY did I wait so long??)….and last night we had the most WONDERFUL meal at The Cascade Restaurant. I won’t bore you with everything we ate…but I WILL share the DESSERT I had that I can’t stop thinking about!

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My dessert last night

I can’t remember EXACTLY what they called it on the menu…but it was basically a homemade Kit Kat bar (paired with some housemade vanilla frozen yogurt). But this wasn’t your average “homemade” Kit Kat bar. If you Google “homemade kit kat bar” or search for it on Pinterest…you will find LOTS of recipes for faux Kit Kat bars. Most of them contain Club crackers in the bottom layer……THIS was NOT that recipe. This had a crispy chocolate and peanut butter concoction as the bottom layer, and a smooooooooth and velvety layer of chocolate mousse on top

Take it from me….this was one of the most perfect chocolate desserts I have ever had! I was SOOOO full after our 3-course meal that I could only eat 1/2 of one of the bars I was served….but you better believe I took the other 1 1/2 bars with me and enjoyed a VERY satisfying “midnight snack”. :-)

I couldn’t stop thinking about my wonderful dessert of the night before, so today I spent close to an hour just trying to find something similar to it online. I FINALLY found what I believe is EXTREMELY close to what we were served at the restaurant.

It’s called Michel’s Chocolate Bar (also known as Le Kit Cat) and it’s a signature dessert of chef, Michel Richard. But even after I tracked down THIS information…I had a dickens of a time trying to find a recipe! Thank goodness April at Modern Foodie tracked it down and put it on her blog! Thank you April!

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Le Kit Cat Bar by Modern Foodie

April added chopped (and unchopped) hazelnuts to the top of her bars…which looks really good as well. But my dessert had no nuts on it and it was completely delicious that way.

Michel’s Chocolate Bar aka Le Kit Cat

Adapted by Modern Foodie from “Happy in the Kitchen” by Michel Richard

Bottom Layer:

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (Jiff, Peter Pan, etc.)
2 tablespoons peanut oil
7 ounces milk chocolate melted and at body temperature
1 ¼ cup crushed cornflakes (or you could substitute crushed rice crispies)

Top Layer:

1 ¼ cup heavy cream
5 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, melted and at body temperature

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Line an 8″ square pan with plastic wrap, letting it overhang on all sides.

For the bottom layer, place the peanut butter and oil in mixer (use whisk attachment). Whip on medium speed until combined and light in color, 2-3 minutes. Reduce to low, add the chocolate and mix until combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the corn flakes or rice crispies.

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Pour into prepared pan, spread into an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

For the top layer, whip the cream (using whisk attachment) until soft peaks form. Place chocolate in a large bowl. Fold half of the whipped cream into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining cream.

Pour mixture over the bottom layer and spread evenly. Bang the pan against your work surface to eliminate air bubbles. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours and up to 3 days.

When ready to serve, remove from pan and remove the plastic. Cut into sixteen 4-by-1-inch bars. Cut the bars with a large warm knife, clean and dry in between cuts.

(Optional: Dust the tops with cocoa powder and top with chopped hazelnuts.)

Makes approximately 16 bars

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Normally I don’t like to post recipes unless I have actually MADE them…but I’m taking a chance on this one because I’m pretty certain if this recipe is ANYTHING like what I was served last night….it’s going to be a dessert that anyone who likes chocolate is going to want to have!

Of course you can bet I’m GOING to be making it just as soon as I’m back in my kitchen. :-)

 




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20 thoughts on “Homemade {Gourmet} Kit Kat Bars

  1. Judy Ann

    HI JILLEE!!!!
    My mouth is watering from the very idea of a homemade Kit Kat Bar!
    I love those! And I buy the little mini ones by the bag so I will have a sample of it
    to enjoy after my dinner. (Instead of eating the big bars) I am cheating, but
    just not so bad. HAHA Oh my word….I am imagining making this recipe
    with the white chocolate chips and using colored sugar to top it off for different
    occasions! The ideas are endless……Thank for all the wonderful tips and recipes!

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    1. Jillee Post author

      Heavy cream is also known as whipping cream here in the U.S. Faye. Heavy cream has a fat content between 36 and 40%. The fat in the cream is what helps stabilize it after it is whipped. Hope this helps. :-)

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  2. Margaret

    CONGRATULATIONS !

    25 years of marriage isn´t bad those days! (I´ll boast a little- my husband and I celebrated our 55th last week)

    Next weekend is midsummer -as you may know, midsummer is a great holiday in Sweden- all childen and grandchildren are coming here, and I´m going yo make those chocolate bars for dessert.

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  3. Jess C

    These look amazing! Very decadent and delicious. However, my mother LOVES chocolate but is highly allergic to peanuts and most other nuts as well. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute I could use for this recipe? I was thinking maybe carmel?

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    1. Megan

      Have you tried NoNuts Golden Peabutter?? it tastes very much like peanut butter, but is completely nut free. depending on where you are located, you can get it at your local store or order online from penautfreeplanet.com

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    2. Ayshela

      check your organic foods section, a lot of stores I’ve been in have different seed “butters” available as well. Sunflower is just one of them.

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  4. Jen

    PLEASE – if anybody tries this recipe, let us know what you thought of it! I tried the faux kit kat that was NOTHING like the real bars, and I’m ADDICTED to Kit Kat bars. So to find a recipe I could make as a family dessert would be Heaven on earth!

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  5. Amber

    Hi Jillee & Friends! I just got done making this treat! YUMMY! Super Easy too! I haven’t tasted the final product as it is chilling in the fridge as I type…..BUT all the finger licking I have done has testified that this will be great! This might even be a “keeper” of a recipe! Thanks for posting!

    ps I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan. As far as I know it has turned out just fine w/ the doubling process. I did use coconut oil vs the peanut oil (as that is what I had and I didn’t think it would be that big of a difference for my family).

    Love your site! Please keep publishing it!

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  6. Tiffany

    I just wanted to say that I found your blog via pinterest last week. I have found myself returning daily! I hate buying cleaning supplies, so when I found your top ten homemade cleaning supply post, it changed my life! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  7. Jolene

    Kit-kat is my husbands favorite candy bar…I’m thinking Father’s Day dessert! Thank you for posting! I just found your blog through pinterest and I’m loving it! I’m printing all the “make your own” recipes for my sister and I. Thank you again!!!

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  8. Lauren

    Jillee!! You live near SLC – you MUST try out Healing Mountain Massage School!!! You can get a TWO HOUR massage for $50!! (At least that was the price a few years ago…) It’s VERY nice, too – not just a giant room with curtains (well, now that I say that, they’ve moved since I’ve been up there, but I’m sure it’s still nice).

    Lol, I’m sure the kitkats are yummy, but I had to let you know about this hidden gem!

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    1. Sharla @ Slacker Saver

      I just made these, and I think body temperature is correct. If the chocolate really is room temperature, it would likely solidify. In particular, when mixing the chocolate with the cool whipped cream, the chocolate quickly cooled and solidified in itty-bitty pieces and was difficult to mix in. I had thought the chocolate might be too warm, but in the end, I wished the chocolate had been a little warmer.

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