salted caramel-pecan bark

March 4, 2013

in Candy

When you top a layer of rich chocolate with brown sugar caramel, then add a handful of pecans plus a sprinkle of sea salt, you’ll quickly find yourself with one incredible treat (in fact, this bark is dangerously delicious – I’ve had to hide it from myself to prevent over-indulgence!). Whether you make the bark to share or simply for yourself, one bite will convince you of its addictive qualities!

Salted Caramel-Pecan Bark | Tutti Dolci

I’m sharing this recipe for the March Chocolate Party. This month’s theme is caramel chocolate; scroll down below the recipe for more creations!

Salted Caramel-Pecan Bark | Tutti Dolci

Salted Caramel-Pecan Bark
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
3/4 cup light brown sugar
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
sea salt

Line a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with foil. Place chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Pour melted chocolate into prepared pan and spread with an offset spatula into an even layer. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 25 minutes. Remove pan from refrigerator and leave at room temperature while making caramel.

Place butter and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Melt over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until boiling. Once mixture boils, reduce temperature to medium-low and let bubble for 3 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; carefully add salt and vanilla (mixture will bubble up). Quickly pour caramel over chocolate layer and spread with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with pecans, pressingly gently to adhere. Sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired. Chill in the refrigerator until completely set, about 1 hour.

Carefully lift foil and place bark on a cutting board; trim away any ragged edges, then use a sharp knife to cut into pieces. Pack in an airtight container with wax paper between layers; store in the refrigerator.

Yield – 20 squares (serving size: 1 square)
Calories – 210
Carbs – 18

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3. Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.



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60 Comments

1 The Café Sucré Farine March 4, 2013

Wow! I looked at the ingredients and I don’t even need to take a bite to know that this is amazing! Your photos tell the story very well also! I love the way it cuts so nice and clean too, yum, yum, yum!

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2 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 4, 2013

Life is so much more beautiful now that I know things like salted caramel-pecan bark exist. YUMMM!

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3 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 4, 2013

Isn´t salted caramel one of the best flavors ever? This is a gorgeous recipe for bark, one that will definitely go on my make-now list Laura!

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4 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 4, 2013

I love caramel and pecan combo! This bark is fabulous, Laura! Pinning!

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5 Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 4, 2013

Laura, this looks fabulous!!! What a wonderful, addictive treat for the #chocolateparty! I wish I could grab through the screen for a piece of it right now!

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6 Gina March 4, 2013

Dangerous is probably the perfect descriptor for this bark. I’m going to pretend I don’t want some all day, lol.
-Gina-

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7 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama March 4, 2013

Oh my goodness. This looks SO good.

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8 Cassie | Bake Your Day March 4, 2013

These are awesome Laura…and I am in big trouble. Salted caramel and pecans? Amazing, truly amazing!

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9 Valerie March 4, 2013

I would have to hide this from myself too – brown sugar forged caramel is beyond intoxicating!

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10 Liz March 4, 2013

Uh, oh. I’m glad this bark is not in my kitchen…as it could NOT be resisted! What an outstanding treat…perfect for the Chocolate Party!!!

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11 Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 4, 2013

Oh YUM! This looks right up my alley. Love the photos too!

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12 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 4, 2013

I still have not tried bark! It’s just ridiculous. And caramel chocolate bark sounds like where I need to start! It looks awesome.

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13 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 4, 2013

This bark looks fabulous! What a great way to use the 2 ingredients!

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14 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 4, 2013

This is stunning!! My mouth is watering!

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15 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme March 4, 2013

What a fabulous combination! I would certainly need to hide this too.

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16 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 4, 2013

Laura: These bars look terrific!!!!!!!!!!!! You always do a great job. The combination of caramel and pecans is just perfect. It seems that they were made to each other, don’t you think?

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17 Julie @ Table for Two March 4, 2013

ahh this would be so addicting and dangerous in my house!! i’d eat all of it. it’d be too hard to resist :)

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18 Deb March 4, 2013

What a voluptuous treat! I would need to wrap the bark up AND put in the back of the cupboard to stay out of trouble!

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19 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 4, 2013

Everything you make always looks so perfect. Oh, to be one of the lucky tasters of all your creations!

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20 a farmer in the dell March 4, 2013

Sold! Everything about these sounds to die for!

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21 Jennifer @ Delicieux March 4, 2013

Oh my! This bark looks divine! I’d have to hide the bark from myself too as I’m sure I’d have trouble not eating the lot.

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22 Suzanne Perazzini March 4, 2013

I love caramel even more than chocolate and I am still trying to perfect a refined sugar-free caramel which doesn’t run all over the place. Almost there.

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23 Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} March 4, 2013

Ooooooh… I have all of the ingredients to make this!!! Yikes, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to eat it. I think I’ll have to throw it in the freezer to stop myself from gobbling it all up by myself. I do that with any sweet treats that freeze well. ;)

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24 Terra March 4, 2013

OH MY I WANT!!! I love love pecans AND caramel!!!! Your bark looks fantastic, Hugs, Terra

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25 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings March 4, 2013

A very dangerous treat indeed! You gotta hide this from me too! Or I’ll finish a whole slab – delicious!

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26 Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 4, 2013

This looks and sounds fantastic! And it’s easier to make than I thought! Definitely going to try it out :D

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27 Kate@Diethood March 5, 2013

I will make this simply and only for myself! LOVES IT!!

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28 foodwanderings March 5, 2013

Laura, I love the idea of bark and yours is so precisely done. I rarely make it and when I do I never end up posting it. Beautiful as usual! :)

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29 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking March 5, 2013

Brown sugar caramel you said? I must find your hiding place! I want some right now!
Gorgeous Laura, thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party

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30 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 5, 2013

You had me at salted caramel!

Man oh man, these really do look amazing. And so addicting! Not sure if it’s a good idea to have this around the house…

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31 Veronica Gantley March 5, 2013

Oh my gosh you had me at caramel. I also love pretzels, both combined is out of this world!

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32 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 5, 2013

I’ve been on a salted caramel high for a while now. This looks so delicious :)

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33 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 5, 2013

I’m in love with this recipe! I love barks and brittles and although I’m not a big pecan fan, I’m thinking…choc chips, PB chips, really anything sprinkled on top. Love that there’s no candy thermometer required, either!

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34 Reem | Simply Reem March 5, 2013

These looks fabulous! Sinfully delicious.
I wont be able to control myself around these.

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35 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 5, 2013

Oh my, what a treat to share with family and friends OR under the stairs with the light off. :)

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36 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 5, 2013

I LOVE salted caramel anything! This bark is definitely dangerous :)

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37 Suzanne March 5, 2013

I love it Laura, it’s a perfect snack or ending to a good meal, thanks for sharing!

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38 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories March 5, 2013

Oh. My. Goodness. Just beautiful, and the photos are so perfect!

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39 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} March 5, 2013

OMG – these look simply perfectly delicious!!! I could honestly eat three or four in one sitting. That would not be good for the waistline but I know I would be one happy gal. Smile.

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40 ashley - baker by nature March 6, 2013

Did someone say CHOCOLATE PARTY?! I’m so in. This bark looks dangerously decadent!

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41 Julia March 6, 2013

This bark does look dangerously delicious! I want to hang with your chocolate party! That’s the best kind of party I’ve ever heard of!

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42 Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs March 6, 2013

I LOVE the combination of good chocolate and salt. This recipe looks fab!

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43 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 6, 2013

What a clever idea! I’ve only had chocolate bark, not caramel bark! :D Pinning now ;)

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44 Patty March 6, 2013

Such an attractive creation Laura! I can only imagine how good this tastes :)

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45 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 6, 2013

Amazing. I don’t have pecans at home right now but I have all the ingredients yet I’ve never attempted to make salted caramel bark. Sounds amazing. I’m trying to see how I can resist from keep eating. I mean how do you do it in front of these delicious sweets all the time!? I need your strong will and this delicious salted caramel pecan bark. ;)

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46 Anna @ Hidden Ponies March 6, 2013

Such perfect looking bark, and the flavours are perfect!

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47 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar March 6, 2013

Delicious combination, Laura! Chocolate and caramel is always a perfect match ;-)

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48 Karen (Back Road Journal) March 7, 2013

Dangerous is right! I would be going on a treasure hunt everyday looking for where you had hidden your delicious looking bark.

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49 claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 7, 2013

Did I just now see your newish blog design? Its gorgeous!! Just like this salted pecan bark :D

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50 Susan March 7, 2013

I like your new look! I’m afraid that I would eat all of these! Just gorgeous! And professional looking, as always!

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51 Kim - Liv Life March 7, 2013

Oh my goodess!! These treats are beyond tempting! I’m loving everything about them and would probably have a bit of a hard time sharing. Loving all your photos, but that second one is stunning!

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52 Courtney @ Neighborfood March 7, 2013

This looks wonderful! And so easy too. I’m going to keep this recipe around for parties.

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53 Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen March 7, 2013

I am all over chocolate and caramel and pecan. And no doubt I would over indulge in these and make myself sick. I seem to have no self control, especially when chocolate and caramel are involved. These look fabulous!

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54 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 8, 2013

Wow yum these look amazing, I love love anything with salted caramel! I’ve never tried making bark before, but really want to give it a go now!

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55 Peggy March 8, 2013

This looks so easy and tasty! Definitely going to have to make it soon =)

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56 Abbe@This is How I Cook March 8, 2013

Simplicity at its finest! Pure heaven.

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57 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 8, 2013

That sounds divine, there’s something magical about salted caramel.

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58 Rosa March 11, 2013

Mmmhhh, divine! That is such a wonderful treat.

Cheers,

Rosa

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59 Lora @cakeduchess March 12, 2013

Barks are so much fun to make and even more fun when it involves caramel! Love the addition of pecans…this would be too hard to resist eating more than one piece.

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