If I had to pick ONE recipe that was always my favorite growing up, it would have to be these Cocoa Krispy Treats that I’m about to share with you. Seriously – these are the BEST things ever made. When I was a little girl I always wanted to help my Great Aunts (my Grandmother’s sisters) cook and bake. My Aunt Cub would come visit from Ohio and I’d go to my Aunt Peg’s house and help them out when I wasn’t busy raiding her M&M candy dish. I have fond memories of sitting on the green carpet in front of Aunt Peg’s sink stirring the chocolate to coat the Peanut Butter Balls that we’d make. [Read more...]
So as I was browsing on Pinterest I came across a recipe for some Homemade Granola Bars. I thought they looked pretty good and I had everything on hand so I figured why not trying making them? I knew I would be the only one eating them since the Mister isn’t into Peanut Butter like I am (Don’t ask – I don’t know what is wrong with him!). I threw a few in the freezer so we’ll see how they keep that way!
[Adapted from this recipe]
- 2 ½ cups Rice Krispies
- 2 cups Oats
- ¼ cup Mini Chocolate Chips [optional]
- ½ cup Honey
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Peanut Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with wax paper. If you’d like chocolate on your bars you can spread some chocolate chips on the bottom of the dish.
Please note: The chocolate chips will melt a bit. I don’t think I’ll add them in the next time. I didn’t feel like they really added that much to the bars.
Place honey and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it boils; stir constantly. Once it begins to boil, remove from heat.
Stir in the Peanut Butter and the Vanilla until it’s well blended.
Pour your peanut butter & sugar mixture over your dry ingredients. You want to quickly blend the two together until they are well combined. I thought this was the most challenging part! since the larger bowl I would normally use was being occupied!
Press your granola mixture into your prepared dish. I used a sheet of wax paper spread the granola evenly and to compact it down. Set the pan aside to cool completely. Once they are cooled, cut the bars and wrap individually!
I thought these bars were pretty good! I definitely like them better than the ones (Quaker, etc) you buy from the grocery store. I think the next time I would cut the Rice Krispies down a 1/2 cup (and use 2 cups). I felt like they could be a bit moister. If you look at the original recipe you will see they add a few more ingredients in there, but I didn’t want to add those items. And like I mentioned before the next time I’d leave the chocolate chips out.
If you want some chocolate with your granola bar you could always melt some chocolate chips and lightly coat one side of the granola bar with the chocolate. That would probably look prettier than the melted globs of mini chocolate chips. It wasn’t all that pretty so I didn’t take a picture of that side!
I’m sure you could also change up the flavors a bit to suit your tastes. Imagine Nutella in place of the Peanut Butter?! Oh the possibilities are endless…
Welcome to Cupcake Monday! Last week we reviewed the Sweetbox Truck which is a mobile gourmet cupcake truck in Philadelphia. This week we’re taking a look at Whipped Bakeshop that is located in Fishtown, which is a neighborhood just north of Center City Philadelphia.
According to their website, they are a custom bakery located in Philadelphia, specializing in custom cakes, cookies and cupcakes. The bakery was founded in 2008 by pastry artist Zoë Lukas, and their retail store opened in October 2009. I know that when I stopped in to pick up some cupcakes there were about 4-5 people in there working on different cakes, cookies, and other goodies.
As of for the cupcakes, I was actually pretty disappointed in the flavor selection when I was there. Before I left to go to the bakeshop I looked at their list of flavors from their web site and I was pretty excited to try some of them. But when I got there, they only had about 5 flavors to pick from. I asked about a few flavors, and they were able to frost them for me pretty quickly, but they weren’t really what I had in mind. I just thought that since they were a bakeshop, they’d have a larger selection. It sounds like Pamcakes spoiled me!
Chocolate Truffle: Chocolate fudge cake filled with truffle cream, iced with chocolate buttercream, drizzled with ganache.
I’m not sure that the cupcake I got was the true Chocolate Truffle or not. As you can see mine wasn’t drizzled with the ganache. But anyways, this cupcake was pretty good. The cake had a very deep, strong chocolate flavor. I really enjoyed it. The truffle cream filling was very smooth and gave the cupcake more depth. The Chocolate Buttercream wasn’t the kind of buttercream that I like, but I didn’t absolutely hate it. It was more along the lines of a meringue buttercream, which I’m not a fan of. If you ask me, it’s go sugar, or go home!
So as usual, I picked up your Classic Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream. I thought that the cupcake part was a bit on the tough side. I didn’t find it to be moist at all, and it was a bit crunchy on top. It didn’t have a very vanilla flavor either.
As for the Vanilla Buttercream, it was way too buttery for me. Again, I think it was a meringue type buttercream icing as opposed to a sugary buttercream. In my opinion it didn’t have a vanilla flavor at all; it actually had no flavor whatsoever. That was quite disappointing since the frosting was plentiful. I loved the confetti on top…at least it looked nice.
This was one of those cupcakes that I had to ask about. I was very interested in tasting the Banana Cupcake with either Vanilla or Chocolate Buttercream, but they didn’t have any in the case. I asked about the Banana Cupcake and I was told that they could frost one with Peanut Butter Buttercream icing for me. That was fine with me!
The Banana cupcake was nice and moist. It had a very good flavor and a nice consistency. I was pretty happy with it. The Peanut Butter Buttercream was light and fluffy. It didn’t have an overwhelming Peanut Butter flavor to it; it was a pretty light Peanut Butter flavor. It almost tasted like Peanut Butter mixed with some Cool Whip (although I know it wasn’t).
After I had that absolutely amazing Lemon Cupcake from Pamcakes, I wanted to try one from Whipped Bakeshop. I didn’t see one in the case, so I asked about it. I was told that I could get a Lemon cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream. After waiting though, they asked me if I wanted Lemon Buttercream. Sure!
The Cupcake had a faint lemon flavor. It wasn’t robust at all. The cupcake was a bit on the heavy side, almost like Poundcake. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it – I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I was somewhere in the middle, and I figured I’d let the frosting make the decision for me.
The Buttercream didn’t have much flavor at all. I couldn’t really make out what I was tasting, which isn’t good if you ask me. I should know what I’m eating. So needless to say this buttercream was a big miss. It’s a shame because the Cupcake has potential.
This Vanilla Cupcake was much like the other one. The Cupcake part was a bit on the tough side and I didn’t find it to be moist at all. It was a bit crunchy on top. It was definitely lacking the vanilla flavor that a Vanilla Cupcake should have.
The Chocolate Buttercream had a faint chocolate flavor. It was a light and fluffy icing, lacking the sugar to give it that good flavor. It just seems that Whipped Bakeshop prefers the Meringue Buttercream as opposed to regular Buttercream, which will keep me away. But hey – that’s their thing and if that’s what they like, so be it.
So all in all, this was a very cute bakeshop, but it wasn’t for me. The cakes weren’t all that moist, and the buttercreams weren’t the kind that I like. They really lacked the flavor and sugar that a buttercream should have, in my opinion. There really wasn’t a cupcake that had the total package. It seems like you had to sacrifice one thing for another. The best cupcake that was taste tested was the Chocolate Truffle Cupcake. I could really do without the others. They had some very pretty LOVE Park cookies there but at $57 for 12 small cookies, I’ll never know if they are good or not!