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June.2.2009

please join me at my new blog, Barefoot conTerra!

My favorite.cookie.ever. The actual cookie looked a tad time consuming and need of an insane amount of patience. Bars, I can handle :)  Can’t wait to try them! Don’t forget to join in by grabbing the button!!

Homemade Samoas Bars
Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepapred pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.

Topping
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Makes 30 bar cookies.

Note: You can simply drizzle chocolate on top of the bars before slicing them up if you’re looking for yet an easier way to finish these off. You won’t need quite as much chocolate as noted above, and you won’t quite get the Samoas look, but the results will still be tasty.

Thanks to Baking Bites!

Monday – Taco Bake for a friend; Lime Chicken Tacos for us

Tuesday – Marvelous Mini Meatloaves

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Tacos

Friday – Freezer Meal

Saturday Lunch – Pizza

Saturday Dinner –Carrie’s Chicken

Sunday Lunch – Grill Out

Sunday Dinner – Leftovers/sandwiches for the boys; Terra out to eat after prayer

Strawberry Bread

May.29.2009

A friend posted this on Facebook and I can’t wait to try it!

4 cups strawberries
3 1/8 Cup all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar (plus a little to sprinkle on strawberries)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour (or spray) 2 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
Slice strawberries* and place in medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, and set aside while preparing bread mixture.
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in large bowl, mix well. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Divide batter into pans.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pans or on wire rack for 10 minutse. Turn loaves out and cool completely.

*When I make it again I will slice 2 cups and puree 2 cups. I think it will give the loaf a more strawberry flavor rather than bread flavor with bites of strawberries.

I tried the pizza crust tonight (well, started it yesterday…)

Can you tell from my tone?

Two thumbs down. I even pushed the plate away and left to clean our old apartment (that we will officially be OUT of tomorrow!)

Yeh, it was pretty bad. Not sure what went wrong, but, I don’t plan on retrying it to see if I can make it better. Just going to search for a better one!

Do you have a favorite homemade pizza crust recipe?

Sorry for the delay in this returning! Before we get to the treat, some housekeeping things. I mentioned that I would try to get a Mr. Linky up. Unfortunately, that’s before I knew you had to PAY for Mr. Linky! Sad times. So, for now, until I see how bug this gets (ie: does it warrent subscribing for Mr. Linky??) Just post here if you’re participating in Treats To Try (either by making the treat I’m trying OR posting your own T3 (Treats To Try) on your blog! I’d love it if you’d grab the button Cara made for this event and post it on your blog as well! (more people that see it, the more people that participate, I might just pay for Mr. Linky!)😉

If you try the treat I mention, be sure to report back with your thoughts on it!

If you’re posting your own, who knows, I may pick your treat to try next!🙂

Without further ado…. Homemade Pizza Dough (Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough) thanks to 24 Hour Menu!

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup warm water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl combine flour, wheat germ and salt. Make a well in the middle and add honey and yeast mixture. Stir well to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. The dough will rise while the yeast is still warm.

After the dough has rested for while, roll dough on a floured pizza pan and poke a few holes in it with a fork.

Bake in 425 degree preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and add toppings. Bake for another 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown!

Monday Lunch – out of town

Monday Dinner – on the road

Tuesday Dinner – Hamburger Helper (Cheesy Enchilada) — how embarassing was it to write that?! lol

Wednesday Dinner – Pizza using home made pizza dough (a T3 recipe, join us on Tuesday!! — Zach cooks!)

Thursday Dinner – Carrie’s chicken

Friday Dinner – Mini Meatloaves (BBQ) with mashed potatoes

Saturday Lunch – Grill out (Zach)

Saturday Dinner – Chili

Sunday Lunch – Leftovers

Sunday Dinner – Bastisms at the lake with our church. Everyone brings a dish, I’m making Eclair Cake.