Archive for Dessert

Homemade Twix-like Candy Bars

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From caramel apples to candy bars! I had some leftover melted caramel from making caramel apples. I couldn’t waste perfectly yummy caramel; but what could I do with it? I thought for a minute and then remembered something I had made years ago. Homemade Twix bars! The recipe called for Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, but I don’t buy packaged baked goods and I didn’t feel like making shortbread. I wanted a more immediate reward! So, I took the dry ingredients to my white cake recipe and added vanilla and a stick of melted butter. Once combined, I pressed it into a pan and baked it off at 350 for 12-15 minutes. After it came out of the oven, and cooled, I added the leftover caramel on top and popped it into the fridge.

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Once it had set up, I cut into bars and dipped them into melted milk chocolate. I could hardly wait for the chocolate to set up! Oh so good!

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Butterflies for Baby Talbot

 

Inspired by the textured butterflies on the invitation, this baby shower cake is full of texture!

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Congratulations Jess & Mike! We can’t wait to meet Baby Girl Talbot!

 

A Dozen Pies for the Native Sons

Peeling and slicing.

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Tossing and spicing.

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Dough rolling, filling, syruping, top crusting.

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Baking.

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1 Dozen apple pies for the Native Sons’ birthday dinner.

 

Army v. Navy Cake

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December 2013 Army v. Navy football cake

 

Chewy Apple Crisp Bars

My sister prefers apple crisp to apple pie. Actually, it’s the crisp that she enjoys so much. She said she wished there was a way to have a cookie made out of the ‘crisp’ part. I got to work dreaming up a recipe just for her. Oddly enough, as soon as I had come up with the recipe in my head, and before I even had a chance to write it down or bake it, I saw a post from mybakingaddiction that essentially summed up my dream cookie! (check our their blog-some really great baked good posts happening there!)

Here’s my recipe for these Chewy Apple Crisp Bars:

Crust:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 TBSP baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash nutmeg

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Combine all ingredients with a fork until combined. It should be crumbly.

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Press firmly into a sprayed 8″ square pan. Peel, core, and very thinly slice 2 apples. picture554

Lay the apples on top of the firmly packed crust until it covers the entire crust. Make crumb topping.

 

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup cold butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Use your hand to incorporate these ingredients and squeeze it to warm up the butter and meld all the ingredients and flavors together. Mixture will still be crumbly, but moist. Sprinkle topping over the apples so that every last centimeter is covered. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.

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These chewy bars are totally enjoyable as is; but to kick it up another notch, I drizzled some homemade caramel sauce over the top of the warm bars.  picture561

These were so good, we didn’t want to stop eating them!

 

*And here’s a trick for those of you who don’t keep a whole lot of baking supplies on hand… You can substitute the crust for 1/2 a box of vanilla cake mix! Just don’t add any eggs, oil, water, or any other wet ingredient, to it! Just put the dry mix in a bowl, add the cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1/4 cup of melted butter.

 

 

 

 

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