Monthly Archives: May 2012

Snicker Bite Brownies

Several years ago I incorporated my love for Brownies, snickers and dark chocolate in a recipe and the outcome was a phenomenal batch of Brownies that no one could stay away from. In my book a good Brownie is crusty on the outside and perfectly moist and sticky on the inside. We Americans love a good Brownie recipe since we frequently make them. I mean what kind of person does not like Brownies? I always place some water in a small ovenproof dish and pop on the lower rack when I am backing these so that I get that extra added moisture. I have also found that allowing my eggs to come to room temperature before using makes all the difference.

3/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 snicker bars, chopped into chunks
1 large dark chocolate bar, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl add sugar and eggs. With a hand mixer beat until fluffy. Add vanilla, salt, cocoa and butter. Then carefully add flour a small amount at a time.

2. Gently fold on snickers and dark chocolate pieces.

3. Butter a rectangle 11x7x3 inch baking pan. Pour mix into pan. Bake 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Yields: 18 brownies

*updated post from 4/05/09

Homemade Pancake Syrup

I was reading the homemade cookbook that my mammaw made me and came across a recipe for homemade pancake syrup and I just knew I had to try it. I am not sure where the article came from because everything has been clipped and glued, but our favorite recipes were always from Southern Living so that’s a possibility. On Friday mornings we always have a big pancake breakfast in our house and I could not wait to try this out so the night before I made a batch of it. I was really happy to find it because have you ever read the back on a syrup bottle?

Reading ingredients is just something new I have been doing this past year. I am not sure why I never bothered with it before? But after hearing so many studies on the news how can you help it? I was watching a study about how fructose syrup is extremely bad for us and one of the cases was memory loss. Sadly this is in almost everything we buy now days and in pancake syrup. I have been trying to avoid those foods and make homemade when I can for a somewhat healthier life.

This syrup was so easy to make and unbelievably good, much better than the store bought stuff. It has a much lighter taste and an almost caramel color and flavor. You can use it on any breakfast foods or desserts alike. You can store it in an airtight jar and place it in the cabinet or in the refrigerator and warm when needed or use at room temperature. You will be tempted to use smaller pot but trust me on this one and use your huge pot because the soda will make it rise and if you do not listen you will have a big mess. I made some french toast with my Amish bread recipe in the above picture.

3/4 cup buttermilk (I used laban)

1-1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a 5-quart pot on high heat add buttermilk, sugar, butter, golden syrup and baking soda. Stir continuously until boiling then reduce heat to low.

2. Continue stirring for 9 minutes (I set my timer). Your mixture will be golden at this point, remove from heat and add vanilla.

3. Allow to cool a bit and pour into container.

Yields: 2 cups

Leftover Coffee Ideas

When I first bought my French Press last
month I would always end up with about one or two inches of leftover coffee. At
first I just threw it out but then I thought why I am wasting this really good
coffee (not the leftover part with the grounds just extra coffee) I grabbed a large jar with a lid from the cabinet and every day I would
pour my leftover coffee in the jar and then refrigerate it. I also poured some
in my ice cubes so that I can make some awesome cold coffee; I always hate how
watery real ice makes your cold coffee.
Every time I go to any coffee house in the
Summer I order an espresso shaker. Just espresso, milk and some ice is the way
I like it. Now at home when I am in the mood for one of my favorite chill out
drinks I just go to the fridge and take out my coffee jar, add some milk and
sugar and shake like crazy. I pop some of my coffee cubes in a cup and pour my
drink over the top. It’s fast, easy and delicious and I do it all with the
little bit of coffee leftover daily.

What are some of your favorite summer time
coffee recipes and tricks?

Chocolate Popsicles

It’s officially Summer time and you will be
finding plenty of fresh frozen treats around here in the upcoming months here and elsewhere (I will tell you all about that soon). I
always have remembered making homemade Popsicles at home with my mammaw and I just
thought it was the most awesome thing ever. Now as a mother I wanted to share
that same experience with my son and let me tell you he loves it just as much
as I did. I let him help me create the perfect recipe from start to finish.
With this chocolate treat we decided to make our favorite winter time cocoa and
freeze it so we could have the taste we love all year around.

1/2 cup cream
1 cup milk
50 grams chopped chocolate
1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a saucepan on medium heat add cream milk,
chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla, stirring frequently.  Once chocolate has melted, turn heat to low
and continue stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and allow cooling to room
temperature.
3. Carefully pour mixture into Popsicle
molds, place in freezer and allow freezing overnight.
Yields: 6 (depending on your molds)