Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

One of the most delicious desserts ever! Took awhile to make because I had to make my own condensed milk, but worth it.

  ~ 1 package yellow cake mix
  ~ 1/2 cup butter, melted
  ~ 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  ~ 2 eggs
  ~ 1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  ~ 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (I used this recipe)

  ~ 2 tablespoons butter
  ~ 2 teaspoons vanilla

  ~ 1 cup coconut (I didn't add this, but I'll definitely give it a shot next time)

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 325°.

2.  In a mixer bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs. Press into a 9x13 baking pan, reserving 1 1/2 cup of mixture in a separate bowl.

3.  In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips, milk, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and coconut.

4.  Spread chocolate mixture over peanut butter mixture in pan. Crumble the remaining 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter mixture over the top.

  Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

(Garlic) Brown Sugar Chicken

This recipe is really called Easy Garlic Chicken Recipe. But I'm not a huge fan of chunks of garlic in my food, so I made some changes.

  ~ 2 boneless chicken breasts or tenderloins
  ~ 2 garlic cloves, minced (or a sprinkling of garlic powder, in my case)
  ~ 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  ~ 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil (I added a little more.. it was too dry)

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 500°.

2.  In a frying pan, saute garlic with the oil until tender. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. ((I simply mixed the garlic powder, brown sugar, and olive oil together in a bowl).

3.  Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased casserole dish. Rub garlic and brown sugar mixture on all sides of the chicken until it is completely coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4.  Bake for 15-30 minutes, uncovered. ((Start checking the oven at 15 minutes... because the oven temperature is up so high I had the brown sugar and garlic mixture burning all over the bottom of the pan))


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

A pain to make, but worth it to finally have a somewhat version of condensed milk without any dairy.

Makes about 1 cup (according to the recipe.. mine didn't condense very much and I ended up with about 6 cups!)

  ~ 3 cups soy or rice milk
  ~ 1/2 cup sugar
  ~ vanilla extract
  ~ salt

1.  Add the milk and sugar to a large saucepan.

2.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.

3.  When the volume is reduced to 1 cup (this never happened to me... not sure how long it is suppose to take, but mine overflowed the saucepan so I gave up), add a few drops of vanilla and salt to taste.

4.  Cool before using.

Source: Go Dairy Free