Homemade Beignets

BeignetThis past spring my family and I made a trip to New Orleans. At the top of our list of treats to try were Cafe Du Monde’s beignets. It was a great experience and the tasty, powdered sugar puffs of dough were just enough to send our 10 year old into a treat-induced stupor — no lie, he fell asleep at the table. :). To be fair we had been walking the quarter all day so anything would have probably put him to sleep, but we still love teasing him (especially since we have a photo to prove it).
He mentioned the beignets in passing a few weeks ago and later asked if we could make some at home. I love baked goods, but hadn’t ever tried to make homemade beignets. It was a really easy recipe, but you do have to allow some time for the dough to rise. You also want to make sure you have folks ready to snap them up as soon as they are cool enough to eat — left overs are okay, but are no where near as good as the day they are made.  

Click here to get the recipe. I halved the recipe and still ended up with about 15 beignets.  

If you try them out drop me a note to let me know how things went. Oh, and don’t forget to like, post and share! Bye-bye!

Homemade Candy Bars!!!

 
 

Sooo, I am doing this blogpost from my ipad and I can’t find the stupid registered trademark symbol so I won’t type the name of the candy bar. However, I can tell you that it s a copycat version of a candy bar whose name means the same as a “small laugh” :). I got the recipe from pintrest which was actually a link to a sugar manufacturer’s website (hint: if you haven’t guessed it yet the name is in the link).

It was super easy to make and will be great Christmas gifts for friends and neighbors!

I did make a few tweaks to the recipe. Instead of using peanuts I used toasted pecans and instead of peanut butter in the chocolate coating I used 1Tbs. coconut oil for the top layer and 1Tbs. coconut oil for the bottom chocolate layer. I also used a longer pan so mine aren’t as thick as the original recipe.

Here is the link to the site!

Toodles!

 

Pecan Pie Bark – A Delicious Discovery!

 

I really can’t stand the texture of pecan pie, but my husband absolutely loves it. It is almost a sin to be a southerner and hate pecan pie (I get cross-eyed looks everytime I say it) 🙂 Anyhoo…Enter the pecan pie bark, a yummy confection that is something between a pie and a cookie and has been approved by my entire family!

Since I don’t want to be “that blogger” I want to make sure to give credit to the original blogger and guest blogger — Great recipe – I found it during one of my Pinterest binges. 🙂 I made some tweaks to the recipe based on previous baker’s feedback and then added a few of my own. The original recipe can be found at http://wishesndishes.com/pecan-pie-bark/ and my tweaked version is listed below. Enjoy!

Pecan Pie Bark

Ingredients

1 T butter or margarine for greasing cookie sheet

12 graham cracker rectangles (may need more or less depending on length of cookie sheet

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 sticks margarine or butter

1 T corn syrup

1 T water

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 cups pecan halves

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325.

  1. Lightly grease cookie sheet
  2. Place graham crackers as close together as possible without ovrerlapping.You might have to break the last row of crackers to fit.
  3. In a medium/large sauce pot melt both sugars, butter, corn syrup, water, salt and cinnamon over medium heat until boiling.
  4. Let it boil for two minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking/burning.
  5. Add the pecans and boil for one additional minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Pour mixture over the graham crackers and spread to evenly distribute.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting or breaking in to pieces.
  10. Store in an airtight container.

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