Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shortbread Cookies Topped with Chocolate and Caramel Sauce




Shortbread cookies are always great to make when you want to make some cookies but do not have eggs on hand. That was where I was today, so I searched and found a Scottish Shortbread recipe that I thought might be fun to try. Of course shortbread by itself is good, but shortbread with chocolate and caramel topping is even better. The chocolate is a Cadbury chocolate spread and the caramel is leftover from the treat of the day early this week.

 Recipe Source: About.com British Foods: Scottish Shortbread Recipe


Simply combined all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.


Beat until crumbly, of course you could use a food processer if you wish.


Form the dough crumbs into a ball and chill for a half hour so it is easier to roll out.



Finally you cut the dough and bake.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

S'mores Toaster Treats

S'mores Toaster Treat

I was really hoping to make some s'mores this weekend. The weather was perfect and we had everything we need. Well everything except for lighter fluid. Apparently they don't sell that at the local stores, or perhaps it is hidden somewhere like behind the bananas where we'd never think to look. You laugh, but after ten moves I've found things I consider essential in the most random places. Anyways, since our attempt of making s'mores is postponed until we can get back to the exchange I made some s'more toaster treats.

Recipe Source: Alton Brown's Super Apple Pie Crust Recipe (substituted Apple Jacks for Graham Cracker Crumbs)

Ingredients for pie crust recipe
Making toaster treats is as easy as pie. No, really it is. You use pie crust to make them. I added a few tablespoons of graham cracher crumbs in place of some of the flour.

Make sure your butter and shortening stay cold.
It is best to work with your butter straight out of the oven. My mom has told me that you can screw up your pie crust dough as long as you keep your fats cold then you will be fine.


Using a pastry blender helps mix the fats with the flour.
A pastry blender is nice to have, but if you do not have one you can always use two butter knifes to cut up your dough.

Roll out the dough.
Roll out the dough to the thickness you want. I usually go somewhere between 1/4 to a 1/2 inch thick.


Toaster Pastry Mold
My mom got me these fancy molds from Williams Sonoma. There is a second part to this which helps seal the pastry.

Brush on an egg wash or butter to seal the deal.
Before sealing the treats you need to brush the edges with butter or an egg wash. You probably could even use water as long as it is liquid I think it will seal fine.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Caramel Sauce over Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce
My family loves ice cream. We make it our goal anytime we go on vacation to consume as much ice cream as possible. I make pumpkin ice cream every year to justify eating the stuff even when the weather gets chilly. I found a great pumpkin ice cream recipe in the Ben & Jerry's recipe book.

You do not always need a fancy cookbook to find great recipes. I always like to try recipes that have great reviews, but sometimes I want to make something more unique than what the average person is willing to attempt. In these cases I prefer to use a cook book because I assume many people have tried the recipe before it got published. The recipe for this caramel sauce came from a Williams Sonoma recipe book on ice cream, but like many of Williams Sonoma recipes you can find this one online. 

Recipe Source: Classic Caramel Sauce


Ingredients
To make the caramel sauce you make a simple sugar out of water, lemon juice, and sugar.

Boiling the simple sugar.
Once it starts boiling like this you should stop stirring it.

Adding cream after it turned amber.
Finally, you wait until the simple sugar turns an amber color and add the cream. This set is crucial because if you wait too long the sugar burns and your sauce is ruined, but if you don't wait long enough your sauce will never set.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Welcome



Over the past few months I have been indulging my family in a treat everyday they come home from work and/or school. I've been posting pictures of my yummy treats on Facebook and my other blog Creative Homemaker, but I feel the time has come to create a blog dedicated to the treat of the day.

I will be trying different recipes I find on the internet, through various blogs and cooking websites, so that you can try these treats at home. I try to make my treats from scratch, but sometimes I am pressed for time and will use a pre-packaged mix.

Come join me and see what I've cooked up for today's treat of the day.




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