Not being a big fan of chocolate, my bar of choice has always been butterscotch – specifically the one that my Ilonggo relatives would bring when they came for a visit. It was difficult to describe, but it was buttery, sugary, and something else. Over the years it has morphed into many variants, including my all-time favorite cashew and mango!
I never figured out how to bake those Pinoy (or Ilonggo) Butterscotch but I have tried to make butterscotch bars on and off throughout the years. I was never quite satisfied… and eventually gave up.
You see, I did not want a butterscotch-chip bar, I wanted butterscotch bars! I wanted the flavor of the butterscotch to permeate every bit of the bar cookie… and I wanted a butterscotch bar stuffed with dark chocolate chips… or cashew nut bits… or maybe even bits of dried Philippine mango…
The answer came to me in a dream – literally! A couple of nights ago i woke up from a dream where I’d been mixing batter for butterscotch bars… I woke up to darkness (it wasn’t even close to dawn!) and scurried into the kitchen before my memory of the dream faded!
Thank goodness I had all the ingredients on hand! And so, my experiment began… I had no guide except for my dream… and as I added ingredients, I noted it in the little girl’s whiteboard!
The resulting bars were even better that I imagined!
The recipe will have to wait though… because friend S expressed her desire to keep the goodies to ourselves for a while. Besides, I think it just made the Christmas Giveaway List this year!
(Thank you friend T for naming this treat!)