Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apple Nachos

I got this idea from pinterest (of course), and we made them for our family home evening treat last night.  I think it looks festive, and it would be fun for a shower or potluck.

Apple Nachos

6-7 apples (I did half granny smith, half gala)
1/3 bag caramel bits
2 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tbsp. water
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Slice the apples crosswise.  Use small  circle cookie cutters to cut out the core portion of each slice.  Arrange slices on a platter.  Melt caramel with peanut butter and water.  Drizzle over apple slices.  Melt white chocolate chips in microwave and drizzle on top of caramel.  Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.  Chill in fridge until everything is set up.  Delicious!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two delicious new recipes

This last week, my Bountiful Baskets subscription overwhelmed me with produce, so I've been trying some new recipes.  Both were AMAZINGLY delicious, so I'm passing them along.

#1  Caprese Flatbread Sandwiches (from here) That site has too many pictures for me to copy and paste the recipe.

#2  Peaches and Cream Pie (from here)  I used a premade graham cracker crust because I'm lazy like that, and it was still absolutely fabulous.  (I didn't use almond extract, just vanilla.  I think the cooked peach filling would be even better with a teeny bit of lemon juice in it, but I didn't have any to add.)

Fresh Peaches ‘n Cream Pie
**Depending on how big your pie crust is and how large the peaches are, you’ll probably have quite a bit of leftover peach filling and cream cheese filling. If you work it right, it could technically make 2 pies.**
1 cup sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1/2 c. water
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. almond extract
5 large peaches
baked pie crust (either homemade or store bought–I just used what I already had. I have also used a graham cracker crust with success!)
Take 2 peaches, slice them and then mash with potato masher or whisk. Combine in a pot with the sugar, cornstarch and water. Cook on medium heat until it thickens, then bring to boil for 1-2 minutes. Take off heat, then add the 2 T. butter and almond extract, stir well and let sit. I like to let it cool down a bit.
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. cream (I use heavy whipping cream and I whip it up with my Kitchenaid)
3 oz. cream cheese

Add sugar, almond extract and vanilla to the cream cheese and beat until smooth and fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Spread evenly in pie shell. Chill in the fridge.
Slice up the remaining 3 peaches. Lay them on top of the cream cheese filling.
Then add the cooked peach filling on top–bigger spoonfuls around the edge and then fill in the middle. Chill until ready to serve.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Have you guys seen this blog?
Its amazing