Food, Fun, recipe, Sweets

IMG_3642The next two posts are dedicated to beets. They are a great veggie to enjoy in the fall and winter months and can be used in anything from a juice to burgers and even brownies.  I have tried many varieties of brownies in the past with little luck but I loved the result of these moist, decadent brownies.  Beets are not that outrageous as I have heard everything from mayonnaise, black beans, applesauce, and even diet coke mixed into a batter.

Beet Brownies

batter red as a beet

batter red as a beet

post-baked pre-sliced

post-baked pre-sliced

  • 2-3 medium size cooked and pureed beets, to equal 1 cup
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons strong black coffee (optional)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2c chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F  Grease an 8 x 8″ pan.  Set aside.

Combine butter and sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla, coffee, and beets.

Whisk dry ingredients.  Flour and cocoa powder.  Fold in beet mixture, add chocolate chips.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake 22-25 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.  Cool completely before cutting.

*My batter was much more runny than that of the blog I referenced so check out the link below to get their take!

http://www.earlymorningfarm.com/chocolate-beet-brownies/

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M&M Cookie Dough Buckeyes

Why bother baking cookies when you can just eat the raw dough? I though valentines day would be the best time to post my two tries making cookie dough bites.  I first made the recipe based off of the cookie dough truffles from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Unfortunately I was not pleased with the results as even after freezing, the truffles melted and they didn’t form nice round balls.  The second time I turned to my Ohio roots to make more of a buckeye ball by increasing the amount of flour (to 2 cups) and adding peanut butter (1/4C) to the batter.  I also used valentines colored M&M’s.

Messy Truffle Pops Attempt #1

Messy Truffle Pops Attempt #1

The best 5 in batch #1

The best 5 in batch #1

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/09/14/cookie-dough-truffle-pops/

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp balls

1 Tbsp balls

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (90g) mini chocolate chips
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate or chocolate candy coating, for dipping
After freezing and shaping

After freezing and shaping

IMG_1877I left some open at the top similar to a buckeye and others completely covered in chocolate and stored in the fridge.

Directions:

Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in milk and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix on low until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Chill the dough in refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until firm enough to roll.

Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Roll dough into balls, about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per ball. Insert popsicle stick into each ball. Freeze balls for at least 15 minutes on 1 cookie sheet.

Melt candy coating following instructions on the package. Remove a couple of balls from the freezer at a time and dip into melted chocolate. Set on lined cookie sheet.

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Chilled Oreo Chocolate Chip PB Pie

Chilled Oreo Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 container Oreos
  • 8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/4c peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 2/3c chocolate chips melted
  • 2/3c chocolate chips
  • 1 tub frozen light whipped cream 8oz
  • 1.2c granulated sugar

Many years ago on one of our big trips to the local Borders Booksellers (which I am aware no longer exists) my mom bought a Hershey’s recipe book.  I must admit over the years we refer to the book for recipes even though they are all found online and we always default to some sort of chocolate peanut butter combination.  I like this recipe for several reasons but mostly because it is so easy and can be whipped up at the last second.  I have made several changes over various attempts.

Changes

  1. Amp up the PB by 1/4 cup and lower the sugar by 1/4 cup
  2. avoid the pre made crust and simply crush up some Oreos and mix with melted chocolate.  The original recipe calls for a pre made crust with a chocolate shell coating, but it makes it impossible to cut and eat with a chocolate shell layer.
  3. Buy mini chocolate chips and mix in the peanut butter batter so the chips are suspended throughout the pie

Directions

1. Place 2/3 cup chocolates in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 30 to 45 seconds or just until melted and smooth when stirred; spread evenly on bottom of crumb crust. Cover; refrigerate.

2. Beat cream cheese in medium bowl until smooth; gradually beat in sugar. Stir in peanut butter and whipped topping until blended; spoon evenly into crust over chocolate mixture. Cover; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until set.

3. Just before serving, place remaining 2/3 cup chocolates around edge of filling. Serve cold; cover and refrigerate leftover pie. 8 servings.

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The only problem is that I was only visiting home for a short time and I am craving another slice already.

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Friendsgiving 3- Crunchy Speculoos Blondies

I had to finish the day off with something sweet so Mary and I also made speculoos blondies.  Now we should all know by now that I love a blondie for their dense under baked quality, and I also love cookie butter.  I needed to introduce my favorite guilty pleasure to Mary who had never tried cookie butter.  Once again I was glad to have some on hand as it was out of stock at TJ’s.  I took the basic recipe from the blog Tasty Retreat which was adapted from traditional peanut butter blondies.

http://www.tastyretreat.com/2011/08/speculoos-blondies/

IMG_3070I need to find a new way to cream my butter and sugar mixture as my little hand mixture seems to spray batter everywhere, so I combined all my ingredients by hand and it turned out great.  These are the ingredients I used.

• 1/2 cup speculoos (I used a little more)
• ⅓ cup butter, room temperature
• ⅔ cup white sugar
• ½ cup brown sugar, packed
• 2 eggs
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

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Like any other baked good I creamed the butter, sugars, and crunchy speculoos to add air to the batter. Then I whisked in the eggs and vanilla.  And folded the dry ingredients to a thick batter.  I  pressed the batter into a parchment lined 8X8 pan to ensure easy cleanup and baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I sprinkled the chocolate chips over the blondie and placed back in the oven turned off for a minute to melt the chips.  Then I spread out the melted chips for a chocolate layer to top off the treats.  The hardest part was waiting for the chocolate to set.  So we ate them warm with a cup of fresh apple cider from the farmers market down the street.  I like to cut them into little bite size pieces because they are so dense and rich.

Tips for next time:

I would add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to my batter as well as a little more speculoos because I love the flavor so much.  I might also try it using milk chocolate chips or speed with more speculoos as Tasty Retreat suggests!IMG_3072

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Turtle Time

This time of year is known in the Klinger family as turtle time… no not the Ramona Singer “turtle time” for those who are as obsessed with the Real Housewives of NYC as I.  This recipe is so top secret and craved by people all over America and the world, so I will not reveal the recipe, rather a few pictures of the process in making ONE batch.  One batch consists of 3 lbs. of pecans and 3-4 lbs. of chocolate.  Several batches are made to accommodate the ever-growing list of lucky ones who receive this delicatessen as a special holiday treat.  The process takes several hours since the caramel is homemade.  It makes the caramelization of onions seem quick in comparison.  There are plenty more recipes to come, but I want to let this one sink in a bit because they are just that amazing!

PECANS

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CARAMEL

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CHOCOLATE

IMG_3028Perfect little turtles all lined up and ready to be boxed! And despite the name they are vegetarian (not diet) friendly.  Tis the season!

 

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