Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Crunchy,sweet, chewy, chocolatey.....what more can I say?

I have been drooling over this recipe for a while, and tonight I finally decided enough is enough, I gotta get this out of my system. I found the recipe over here: www.browneyedbaker.com and I must say they came out just as heavenly as her description. They are the perfect combination of peanut butter, crunchy Rice Krispies, chewy marshmallows and CHOCOLATE.

Thank goodness I gave them all away before too much damage was done! Anyways, make them tomorrow...they are worth it!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce 

1/2 cup dark karo syrup
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

In a small saucepan, combine karo syrup, peanut butter and vanilla sugar. Mix over medium heat until smooth. You can freeze the sauce until you are ready to use it, and defrost when needed. 

Basic Chocolate Glaze

Basic Chocolate Glaze
2 cups powder sugar
4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons milk

Mix everything together. It should be slightly thick, similar to a brownie batter. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well, until smooth. If it is too thick, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. The glaze will thicken as it cools, so if it gets too thick as you dip the pies, you can reheat it for 10 seconds at a time in the microwave. Note: The glaze recipe is really " a little of this and a little of that " kind of recipe. I tried my best to estimate the measurements that I use, but I almost always end up adding some more milk or powder sugar to get it to the right consistency.
 Whenever I make this glaze, and there are a few spoonfuls extra, I freeze it in a sandwich size ziploc bag, and use it as a drizzle on ice cream or pies. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

The craziest week.....ever!

Ok, so where to start? Let's see....it all started Sunday when I was discussing upsherin cookies with my boss. Her grandson was having an upsherin, and we were brainstorming on different cute ideas. Thats it, just a teeny tiny discussion about yarmulke cookies, and I was bitten by a bug to make yarmulke cookies. So Sunday afternoon I decided to make yarmulke cookies for my neighbors upsherin. Sneak preview:
Then, as the cookies were baking, I got a call from someone who wanted to order Aleph Beis cookies for her son's upsherin as well. Being that I am a bake-a-holic, I can't say no to anyone who asks me to bake something. Seriously. Please don't try it. Anyways, this nice someone had also ordered an upsherin cake for her son for the upcoming Sunday (Lag BaOmer). No problem, I thought. Today is Sunday, her cake is not for another week. I can totally handle doing the yarmulke cookies, and Aleph Beis Cookies....
Hundreds of star cookies and 154 Aleph Beis royal icing transfers later, I wasn't so sure of that....until my sister in law went ahead and gave birth to a baby boy!  Being that it was Tuesday, I figured we have plenty of time to make cake truffles, cupcakes and a cool shalom zachar cake. Its only Tuesday, right? If at this point in time you are asking yourself, what pray tell is wrong with that lady, please don't ask. Anyways, the story can go on and on, but let me spare you the details, and let the pictures tell the story...

And my favorite....

Aren't the matching fonts/letters cute? What the font. One of the coolest websites I've ever seen.

***At this point in time I would like to quite publicly thank my husband for truly supporting my craziness, and for helping me clean up the kitchen after every insane bake-a-thon- THANK YOU***

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