Saturday, March 17, 2012

One more time...

Let’s see, how many times can you start a blog…again. I’m terrible, and persistent maybe J
Anyway, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting in the kitchen and have had some folks ask for some recipes
I decided if I was going to be typing them out and pinning them, they may as well be on my blog. At least something should be on here. Additionally, we recently welcomed a new director at work and she is BIG into journaling. Not a meeting goes by that she doesn’t encourage it. So, maybe this blog can help me in that arena as well. Plus, there’s my one faithful follower. (Hi mom!)
Life has been busy, but pintrest has kept me afloat. Even my husband adores the idea. He’s especially interested since he reaps the benefits of new, delicious food on an almost nightly basis…well, at least weekly. It even made his life easy at Christmas. We do home sharing with our iPhones and iPad so he has the pintrest app on his phone. While most men may be slightly peeved at the idea, he caught on to the fact that everything on my boards was actually things I liked. (He’s above average in smarts, I assure you J) So he clicked on a watch I had pinned, it took him right to the site and he bought it in 2 clicks. Saving him precious time and gift shopping energy. Obviously, I love this as well. So, enough praises of pintrest, on to my stories.

Here's my not sleeping boy!
we added a wonderful baby boy to our family in October and let me assure you he is beyond amazing. If only I could get that little tub-of-goo to sleep more than four hours at night, we would be golden. Oh well, I’m enjoying it, how can you be grumpy when they are so darn cute? And I’m still plugging away at school, becoming a family practice nurse practitioner. This sucks up way to much of my time and I will be so glad to finally be finished with school forever. Maybe before Peyton starts school we will be able to enjoy a few years of school free time in our family. Tim and I have been married for almost 11 years and not one year has passed where one of us (if not both of us) was in school. Needless to say, it’s getting old.
Anyway, on to my run on blogging…I’m going to start with a recipe I got from pintrest and then “tweaked”. That’s what I like to call it anyway. Really it’s my incredible inability to follow a recipe. I NEVER make it just like you’re supposed to. The upside is sometimes it’s amazing; the downside is sometimes it’s terrible and I have nothing to blame it on but myself. But I am learning, good ingredients *Usually* make good food.
 These are Salted Caramel Chocolate Bars. I did not invent this recipe from scratch. Here is the original. I did however tweak it and came up with my husband’s favorite “pintrest food” to date. First thing, I halved the recipe and still filled a 7x11 dish. With something this rich, that’s enough, trust me. Also, I found that the caramel instructions weren’t right, so here is my version:
For the shortbread layer:
1 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
dash of salt
½  cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼  cup sugar
For the caramel layer:
 ½ cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
½  cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
For the chocolate layer:
4 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½  tsp. light corn syrup
¼  cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Fleur de sel or sea salt, for sprinkling (sometimes I leave this off, I know it’s “salted caramel” but I like it without)
·         To make the shortbread layer, preheat the oven to 325° F.  Line a 7 x 11-inch baking pan with parchment paper.  In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir with a fork to blend, and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until well blended, about 1-2 minutes.  With the mixer on low speed blend in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan and press in an even layer over the bottom of the pan.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden.  (If the crust puffs up a bit while baking, just gently press it down while it is cooling.)  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.
·         To make the caramel layer, combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted.  Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a low boil, stirring constantly.  Continue boiling and stirring until the mixture turns an amber color and thickens slightly (note, if you cook too low, it will NEVER thicken right and if you cook boil too high, it doesn’t turn the right color. This is the tricky part).  Pour the mixture over the shortbread layer, smooth the top, and allow to cool completely and set.  (I chilled at this stage to ensure that the caramel layer would not melt when the warm chocolate was added.)
·         To make the chocolate glaze, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.  Pour evenly over the caramel layer and use an offset spatula to smooth the top.  Allow to cool for a minute or two and then sprinkle with fleur de sel.  Chill, covered, until ready to slice and serve.

I’m starting…again

1 comment:

  1. can't wait to make this Kel!! glad to see you blogging again :)