I've never really thought of myself as a caramel lover. My mum and S on the other hand, start salivating just hearing the word. I certainly wouldn't say that I dislike caramel- I do actually really like it, but to me it's not an attention grabber. So when Whitney of What's left on the table? chose this week's recipe, I wasn't all that fussed on it. Their name is a little deceiving though- there isn't that much caramel involved, and if need be, it can easily be withheld.
Since joining Tuesdays with Dorie, I have come across many ingredients that I have never heard of (whoppers etc), so it came as no surprise that I had no idea what Heath Toffee Bits were. I ended up just making up a batch of my own English Toffee, and chopping it into small pieces. Unfortunately I didn't boil the toffee long enough, and while it had a nice crunch to begin with, by the end it was a little too tacky to chew. I'm not sure what Heath Toffee Bits taste like, but if I were to make these again, I would definitely leave out the toffee bits on top and would maybe replace them with some Valrhona crunchy pearls instead.
The biscuit base is absolutely delicious. It is sinfully good. It's hard to believe that a biscuit could be so buttery. I ended up cutting the biscuit slab into tiny squares, just because it really is that rich. I've become quite fond of my freezer lately, so I've popped them all in there to take out as I need. I found a chocolate and gingerbread cake in my freezer the other day (from a previous Tuesdays with Dorie), defrosted it, and it was as good as new. A real revelation as now S has no excuse to eat an entire cake within 2 days.