Ok, I have a couple of apologies to make:
1) I am sorry to those of you who have come here looking for those super-duper healthy sweet treats I keep promising to experiment, but the baking demands of my brother always include chocolate and peanut butter, and although I use light pb, it still isn't very healthy... I am sorry if you feel misled :(
2) Apology #2 is for my future actions - or lack thereof... I am heading back to university for the summer, but there is a considerable amount of moving involved for an extra bout of teaching practice and classes so I will not have my "own" kitchen for quite some time... Although I will try my best to get some sweet treats up here for all my lovers - I can't make any promises :(
Now that that's over on to better and chocolate-ier things :)
This bar is a new take on my brother's favorite treat - Peanut Butter Balls. The brownie bottom is, I hear, excellent, seeing as it isn't "safe" for me... and the peanut butter looks so ooey, gooey that it must be amazing :) Please give 'em a try and let me know what you think!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chocolate (I used milk)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
2 tbsp cocoa
-Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9x9 pyrex dish with foil and spray.
-Melt butter and chocolate together. Let cool slightly.
-Add sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
-Beat in eggs one at a time.
-Mix in flour and cocoa just until combined.
-Turn into dish and bake for 35-45 minutes, rotating halfway through.
Peanut Butter Filling
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
-Beat together until well combined.
1 cup chocolate (I used milk)
1/4 cup butter
-Pour over cooled brownies and chill for at least 2 hours.
So have you all heard that Adopt-a-Blogger is back for round three?!?!?! And this time around I'm having a go at it - as a newbie, of course :)
As part of Adopt-a-Blogger I have to introduce you all to my mentor, although she needs no introduction at all - Ms. Joy the Baker!!! I am sure most, if not all, of you are already familiar with this kitchen crusader - I have been following her since the day I started my blog :) Her recipes are fantastic, but what I enjoy most about Joy's posts are her whimsical ramblings that never fail to make me laugh out loud! Check her out if haven't already.
To best introduce, no, to best praise Joy I had a go at one of her recipes I have been eying for quite some time - Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins. They are fabulous! And not to mention, easy as could be! The only big thing I changed was regular milk to soy milk, and it worked fine, so make your own and enjoy licking your fingers :)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp yeast
2/3 cup warm (soy) milk
3 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
-Stir together dry ingredients.
-Stir yeast into warm milk.
-Add the milk mixture, oil, vanilla, and egg to dry mixture. Stir until smooth.
-Place in greased bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.
-Make cinnamon topping (below).
-Divide bread base between 12 greased muffin cups. Add topping. Place into cold oven and set temperature to 350°F. Bake for 20 minutes.
*If any of the cinnamon topping has spread onto the pan use a butter knife to sweep it back onto the buns before they cool.
2 tbsp butter
2/3 cup brown sugar (I only had white on hand so I added about 1 tsp molasses)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
*I had loads left over so if you want to half this part go ahead.
-Mix all ingredients together until well incorporated.
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tbsp (soy) milk
-Add milk by half teaspoon measure until desired consistency is reached.
-Pipe onto warm buns with plastic bag.
*Make sure you lick you fingers clean :)
On my way back to campus for the summer I have stopped in with my family for a week or so.... and this means I have been put back on "real" baking duty. My family, especially my brother, loves sweets!!! In my brother's case - if it is chocolate and peanut butter it is as good as gold.... So for my first family treat I made homemade peanut butter cups. These treats are so much better than the ones you buy in the store! I find the store ones have a filling that is way toooooooo dry so I make my own nice and creamy! Other than that chocolate on the outside these actually fit nicely into my new eating rules so i left a few uncovered LOL. When I made these suckers I only had a dozen muffin liners on hand, so once they were filled I added some rice crispies to the peanut butter mixture and melted some extra chocolate - voila! peanut butter balls... Needless to say my brother was a very happy boy this day :)
1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate (I used milk chocolate)
1 cup + 4 tbsp peanut butter, divided
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
-Melt chocolate in double boiler. Add 4 tbsp peanut butter. Let cool slightly.
-Add a tsp of melted chocolate to the bottom of each muffin liner. Let harden in fridge.
-Shape peanut butter mixture into patties and place on top of hardened chocolate. Cover entirely in additionally melted chocolate. Let harden in fridge.
*These are best stored in the fridge... they get too soft otherwise.