Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nutty Marshmallow Caramel Bars

Nutty Marshmallow Caramel Bars

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Chop 1 c almonds and add to a large bowl with 3/4 c flour, 3/4 c oats, 2/3 c packed brown sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 ts salt and 1 egg.  Mix together until combined.

Stir in 1/3 c margarine that has been slightly melted and stir until mixture is crumbly.  

In a 9x13 pan spread the mixture out evenly and bake for 10 minutes.

After baking, pour 7 ounces of marshmallow creme over the hot bar and then drizzle with a caramel sauce.  If you don't have caramel sauce you can melt 1/4 c butter with 1 cup brown sugar and allow that to cook to make a similar sauce.  After the marshmallow and caramel layers, finish with 1 c chopped almonds.

Bake again for another 20 minutes.  Let cool and slice into bars with a wet knife to prevent the bars from tearing when cutting.  Enjoy!  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monkey Bread Dough from Scratch

Mix 2 1/4 tsp yeast in 1/2 c very warm water.  Stir.  Melt 1/2 c butter and stir into 1/4 c sugar, a pinch of salt and 1/2 c evaporated milk.  Add the yeast and stir.  Beat in 3 1/2 c flour and knead together.  Place in a bowl and cover with a clean towel.  Allow to rise for an hour. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bacon and Potato Medley Soup

Bacon and Potato Medley Soup

I had just bought a bag of potatoes that I was hoping to use in addition to some left over turkey bacon and chicken broth I had on hand.  I was pleasantly surprised with the result!

To begin, cook 6 pieces of turkey bacon, slice into small pieces and set aside.

Wash 2 pounds of potatoes and slice into quarters.  Place on a baking sheet, cover with olive oil and italian spices and bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees- long enough to bake through and softened.

On the stove, in a pot simmer with oil 2 tbsp minced garlic and 2/3 c of chopped onion.  Add in the bacon pieces and let it begin to cook together.  Add 3 tbsp flour, a pinch of salt and some pepper and mix well.

Pour 3 c chicken broth to the pot and stir- leave until it begins to boil.

In a large bowl, add the cooked potato pieces with 1/3 c milk and mash them as much as they will allow ... some pieces will still be whole and others will not.

Add the potato mixture to the boiling broth and mix for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to incorporate.  

When ready to serve, prepare the bowls with the soup and top with cheese, red pepper and parsley to your liking.

Mix all together in your bowl and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

In a bowl mix 1 1/2 c flour, 2/3 c oats,  2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, a pinch a salt and 1 tsp baking soda.

With a mixer, combine 1/2 c sugar and 6 tbsp softened butter or oil if you would like a healthier option. Beat in 2 eggs, one egg at a time followed by 1 tsp vanilla.  Continue to mix.  Add 1/3 c plain yogurt and 1 c apple sauce and mix until just combined. 

Place in prepared loaf pan and bake for about an hour at 350 degrees.