I just have to write this recipe down before I forget. I used to make this all the time last summer and it was so delicious. And it’s healthy too, besides the sugar but raspberries have so much fiber! Hooray! Try it with chocolate syrup or chocolate chips. Oh and it’s from July 2010 ‘Martha Stewart Living’.
-1 12 ounce bag frozen raspberries
-1/4 c sugar
-1/4 c water
Put raspberries in food processor, and pulse until they are coarsely chopped. Keep the food processor on and add sugar and water until smooth.
I’ve been making this dessert/snack for years. More than 12 for sure. I used to make it and put it in baggies and give it to my friends as gifts…and whenever I brought a snack anywhere this is what I brought. And I still love it to this day.
Recently I was reading one of my magazines, and found that someone decided to make it fancy and sell it. Why didn’t I think of that?! matzel toff!
-matzah (found in the kosher section of the grocery store)
-1 c butter
-1 c brown sugar
-2 c (or more if you feel like it) semi sweet chocolate chips
Line a cookie sheet (with sides) with aluminum foil. Cover with matzah.
Melt butter and sugar on medium low heat (You don’t want it to be any hotter than this or you will end up with a smelly burnt sugar mess) Stir frequently until it boils. Stir continuously for 3 minutes as it boils.
Pour sugar and butter mixture over matzo. bake at 450 degrees for 3 minutes. Pour chocolate chips over everything. Put back in the oven for about 1 minute. Take out and spread chocolate until it covers everything.
Put in the refrigerator for at least an house until firm. Break into pieces and store in refrigerator.
This was my first experience making anything with rhubarb. I was so excited when I finally found in at Kaelin Farm Market in Wexford, PA. I have recently discovered many farm markets in Wexford and am very excited about this, especially with the summer coming up. Anyway, I searched around and found a ton of different recipes for strawberry rhubarb pie. Taking all of these, I combined, added, and got rid of some things to come up with this. It really was good:
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
For the crust I used the All butter crust I found on another food blog. You can find it in my blog Here
and this will also lead you to her blog. Do not bake the crust before you bake the rest of the pie.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-3 c strawberries
-2 c rhubarb
-1/2 c white sugar
-1/2 c brown sugar
-2 tbsp instant tapioca
-1 tbsp lemon juice
Mix everything together and stir until combined. Pour into pie crust.
I’m not a huge fan of crust covering my entire pie, but I love crumb topping, so I thought I would go this route.
3/4 c flour
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c brown sugar
3 tbsp butter
pinch of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients. If it isn’t crumbly enough add a little cold water.
Sprinkle generously over pie. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn down to 350 and bake for an hour more. If it looks like the crust is getting to brown cover loosely with foil.
When John and I first got married he was all about Pop tarts and corn syrup laden chewy granola bars (chocolate chip of course). This made a little bit of sense because he was always eating his breakfast on the go and needed something quick to grab. Now I have to admit, although I rarely (and I mean very very rare) eat them, I do love myself a good brown sugar cinnamon pop tart. There’s just something about them. I need to find a recipe for a homemade poptart…I hear they make them at Vanilla Pastry Studio and they are absolutely delicious. However, I haven’t tried them myself.
But anyway, I wanted to come up with healthy alternatives to grabbing these easy prepackaged, extremely processed breakfast foods. So our freezer is constantly stocked with homemade Muffins, and these granola bars for John to grab on his way out the door. It all lasts about a month, and can move them out of the freezer the night before so they are ready to eat in the morning. Now John says he will never eat a Pop tart again…we’ll see.
After looking at several recipes for chewy granola bars, I kinda added different parts of each together and added my own touches, and came up with these:
Chewy Granola Bars
-3 c rolled oats
-1/2 c oat bran
-1/4 c ground flax seed
-3 scoops chocolate protein powder (you can omit this, I just add it for John’s sake)
-1/4 c butter
-3 big spoonfuls applesauce
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tbsp canola oil
-1/4-1/2 c sunflower kernels
-1/4-1/2 c almonds
-1 c chocolate chips
-1 c raisins
-enough honey that it all sticks together and is no longer dry (about 1/2 cup)
Mix all ingredients together. stir well. Press into a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. After ten minutes take out, cover with wax paper, put two hot pads on top and press it down.
Remove wax paper and hot pads and bake for 10 more minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, cut into squares, and cool completely before removing granola bars.
When it comes to the nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, you can really add whatever you want. Omit the chocolate chips and add another dried fruit to make it healthier. Omit the buts all together or try different kinds. The possibilities are endless.
So I currently have two strawberry rhubarb pies in the oven which I will probably be writing about later. Depending on how they taste of course. However, I used a pie crust “tutorial” that I found on a blog I use, Smittenkitchen.com. I’ve been known to be brought to tears making pie crust. However I still refuse to buy the store bought. So I thought I would do a search and see what I could find. And this is what I found:
All Butter Pie Crust
Now All butter just means with no crisco. Because really what is crisco anyway? I know butter is not the most healthy food..but crisco??? Having that in my pie crust kinda disgusts me. Knowing this is all butter and none of that white stuff that seems very much like vaseline to me is just reassuring.
I probably shouldn’t be posting this yet because I haven’t even tasted it. But I just feel the need beeeecause it was sooo easy to make, no frustration or yelling. Chill in the refrigerator a couple hours and it rolled out perfectly. really that has never happened to me. Normally I’m piecing the crust together like a puzzle in the pan but not this one.
I will have to post later how the crust actually tasted but I really have high hopes.