Candy, Snacks

Chocolate Covered Everything!

Sometimes I just feel like dipping! My husband and I have a favorite grab-and-go snack, peanut butter crackers. We have done a taste test of all the different brands and have our favorites. My husband prefers Keebler and I prefer Munchies by Frito-Lay. I believe it’s safe to say that we would eat any brand when it’s chocolate covered. After covering quite a few peanut butter crackers in chocolate, I start thinking what else needs a coat of chocolate? Tortilla chips. Oh my goodness, yummy! Please try it sometime. Then, when you have some melted chocolate left, throw in some nuts and raisins to coat and make clusters. This time I threw in almonds and dries cranberries. Happy snacking!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Chocolate Covered Tortilla Chips

Almond & Cranberry Chocolate Clusters

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tsp shortening

In a double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate and shortening, stirring until smooth. Turn heat down to low or turn off (can turn back on if chocolate starts to set up). When I dip, I use two forks to pick the item up and let excess chocolate drip off. For clusters, use a spoon. Set on sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet to set up. To set up quickly, put in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

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Cupcakes

All Star Vanilla Cupcakes

Homemade vanilla cupcakes ready for you to add your favorite team’s colors! GO SEAHAWKS!

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Vanilla Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1¼ cups sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, very soft
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350°. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans (makes 18). In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add soft butter, milk, and vanilla; mix with electric mixer. Whip egg whites until frothy and mix into cake batter. Color batter with food coloring, all one color or divide batter in half and do two colors. Scoop into prepared cupcake pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until center is set. Cool in pan about 5 minutes, remove to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream:
3/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make your desired frosting consistency. Add color if desired. Frost totally cool cupcakes, add sprinkles!

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Candy, Snacks

Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn

I am thinking about treats for the Superbowl, what to munch? How about Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn, why not! Once you start munching, you may not be able to stop!

Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn

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1½ cups pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
10 heaping cups popped popcorn
1 (11 oz) bag white chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
1/2 pkg (3.4 oz) coconut cream instant pudding mix, (1/3 cup, save other half for next batch)
3 tsp shortening

Line baking sheet with Silpat, parchment, or wax paper. Toast pecans and coconut in fry pan over medium low heat about 3-5 minutes, watch and stir. In large bowl, mix popped popcorn, pecans, and coconut. In double boiler over LOW heat, slowly melt chips. Do not try to rush, white chocolate or white chips have a very low burning point, so slowly let it warm stirring constantly (melting white chocolate). Remove from heat just as chips are softening, stir in coconut pudding mix, it will be thick. Put mixture back on the heat and slowly stir in the shortening, one tsp at a time to loosen up or thin the mixture. Pour the mixture over the popcorn mixture in four batches, stirring gently after each addition. Between additions, set coconut cream mixture on the low heat. Make sure to stir all the way to the bottom of the big bowl to bring all the coconut and pecans up and mix them in. Gently stir until all is coated. Pour out onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes until coconut cream mixture sets up. Break apart into pieces and store in airtight container.

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Main Dish, Snacks, Yeast Breads

Ham & Swiss Ring with Mustard Sauce

You know how I love to wrap things up in bread, from main dish “rings” to sweet rolls, it’s just plain fun! As we are heading into Superbowl week, you all might be thinking about game food. This recipe for Ham & Swiss Ring might just be the thing for you and the fans at your house. The mustard sauce is a recipe my mom always makes when we have ham. I am not a big ham eater but when this sauce is around I will use anything to scoop it up and get it into my mouth!

We live just east of Seattle across Lake Washington in “Microsoft Land” and everyone around here is pretty excited about the Seahawks. I am enjoying the unity that comes from a community having a team going to the Superbowl. People striking up conversations with others, with smiles on their faces, who wouldn’t otherwise talk to each other, it is bringing people together. So regardless of who you are routing for, make some yummy food, get people together and have fun!

Ham & Swiss Ring with Mustard Sauce

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Bread Dough:
2 pkg (4½ tsp) dry yeast
1½ cups warm water (110°)
4 tsp sugar
4 Tbl olive oil
1½ tsp salt
4 cups bread flour

Ham & Swiss Filling:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 Tbl mustard
1½ lb deli ham
8 oz Swiss cheese, grated

In bowl of mixer, sprinkle yeast over the warm water, sprinkle sugar over yeast.  When yeast if foamy, add oil, salt, and flour.  knead.  Let rise in warm place until doubled. Roll out dough to a rectangle approx. 20″x12″.  Stir together cream cheese and mustard; spread over dough.  Sprinkle half the Swiss cheese evenly over dough, lay ham over cheese in an even layer, sprinkle with remaining cheese. Roll up, starting with a long side, pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a silpat lined or sprayed baking sheet, pinch ends together to form a ring.  With kitchen scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds toward center of ring at about 1″ intervals (see picture above). Separate strips slightly, twist to allow filling to show.  Cover and let rise 30 minutes.  Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crust is done.  Serve hot from the oven with mustard sauce for dipping.  Pull apart, dip, and enjoy!

Ham Sauce:
1 cup cream, divided
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbl flour
2 Tbl dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup vinegar

Scald 2/3 cup or the cream in double boiler. In small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup cream, flour, dry mustard, salt, and egg yolks. Whisk into scalded cream, continue cooking until thickened (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in vinegar. Refrigerated until ready to use. Best served at room temperature.

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