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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Peanut Butter Pie

Creamy, sweet, and luscious.  This pie is chock-full of smooth peanut butter goodness, and if you are anything like us, you will look for excuses to make this pie for friends and family!

Ingredients

1 chocolate graham cracker or Oreo crust
1 pkg (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Hershey's chocolate syrup, grated chocolate, or miniature Reese's cups, cut in half

Directions

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth. 
Fold in whipping cream.
Gently spoon unto crust.
Sprinkle grated chocolate or miniature Reese's cups on top to garnish, or drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.


Happy munching!


Braided Rosemary Garlic Bread



This recipe was given to us by a friend at church.  After she shared a loaf with us we quickly asked for the recipe!  It is surprisingly easy to make and looks beautiful on your table.  Any combination of spices would be delicious:  Basil and garlic, rosemary and garlic, just garlic, or even plain would be delicious.  Whatever you choose to put in this bread, we are confident you will love this super easy bread recipe.

Ingredients

5 tsp. minced garlic (in a little water)
2 tsp. olive oil
4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 T. chicken broth

7-9 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 pkgs. (1/4 oz. each) quick-rise yeast
3 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 egg

1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Directions

  Place minced garlic, rosemary, and oil in a small glass dish and microwave 1 min on HIGH.  Add chicken broth to mixture and thoroughly stir.
 
Combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
Heat milk, water, and 1/2 cup butter in microwave or on stove just until butter melts.
Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and beat until moistened.
Beat in egg and garlic mixture until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 4-6 min).
Cover and let rest for 10 min.
 
Divide dough into thirds.
Divide each portion further into 3 pieces each.
Shape each into an 18-in. rope.
Place 3 ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid.
Pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
Cover and let rise until doubled (about 30 min).
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.
Melt 1/4 cup butter.
Add garlic salt to melted butter and brush over bread.
Continue baking to 5-10 minutes longer, or until golden brown.
Let cool before cutting.

Makes 3 loaves.
 

Happy munching!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Magic Cookie Bars

These wonderful bars truly come close to being magical. They are very simple and very yummy. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 stick of butter, melted
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

DIRECTIONS 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 9x9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.

Variations:
-7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars: Substitute 1 cup (6-ounces) butterscotch flavored chips* for 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and proceed as directed above.
-Peanut butter flavored chips or white chocolate chips may also be substituted for semi-sweet chocolate chips.
-Magic Peanut Cookie Bars: Substitute 2 cups (about 3/4 pound) chocolate-covered peanuts for semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped nuts.




Happy Munching!