Cooking A-Z :: A is for Almond Brittle

I’m starting a Cooking A-Z project on my blog to challenge me and spark up my baking experience. I was inspired by Sweets, Eats, and Crafts to do this, and I highly recommend you checking out her blog! It’s quite amazing. Hopefully my posts will inspire you to start a Cooking A-Z of your own.

Okay, so I have a confession. I actually burned my hand pretty badly while making my first batch. It led to a pretty not-so-delightful blister. Oops. But hey, everybody’s gotta make some mistakes to get where they are.. right? Right……? Sigh. Hopefully someones agrees with me there. Anywho, here’s the recipe. It’s originally a recipe for peanut brittle, but I used up all the peanuts I had when I made my burned batch so I had to substitute for almonds.

By the way, you don’t need a functional oven to make this recipe because this is made in the microwave!

PLEASE, PLEASE be extremely careful when making the brittle. If using a slightly smaller bowl, the mixture will overflow when the baking soda is added and you may burn yourself. 

 IMG_6596Ingredients:

  • 1 + 1/2 cups dry roasted almonds (or whichever nut you prefer)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 

 

WYD:

  1. IMG_6592Grease a baking sheet, and set aside. In a glass bowl, combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook in microwave for 6 to 7 minutes on High (700 W); mixture should be bubbly and peanuts browned. Stir in butter and vanilla; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  2. Quickly stir in baking soda, just until mixture is foamy. Pour immediately onto greased baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes, or until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.

Yield: well, this much!

Original Recipe

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Turtle Pie

Hi there! I’m Yuna and I’m a blogge– wait I already started this blog? Oh yeah, that’s right. I haven’t posted in what seems like forever. I have a lot of recipes to post, but I couldn’t find the time to write and post. A friend’s birthday did pass within these past few weeks! Which means… I baked something quite unique!

I didn’t have many of the ingredients needed for this recipe, so I ended up spending $30 to make this single pie. So for those of you trying to make your friend an inexpensive present, this probably isn’t the first place to look. Unless, that is, of course, you have cool whip, pie crusts, caramel, pecans, and peanut butter lying around your kitchen.

oOooOO look at that caramel-y chocolatey deliciousness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 graham cracker/oreo cookie crust (homemade or store-bought, I used store-bought)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter or more to taste (I used about 1/4 cup more)
  • 2 cups thawed whipped topping
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted and divided
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping + more for drizzling on top
  • Melted chocolate for topping

Directions:

  1. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and peanut butter.
  2. Toast the pecans for around 3-4 minutes on your stovetop.
  3. Add whipped topping and half of the toasted pecans to the cream cheese mixture and blend well.
  4. Spread some caramel ice cream topping on the graham cracker/oreo cookie crust.
  5. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the crust.
  6. Freeze for 3 hours.
  7. Take out the pie and spread the rest of the pecans over the top.
  8. Melt some chocolate and drizzle it on the entire pie.
  9. Drizzle as much caramel as you’d like.
  10. Freeze again for 1 hour.
  11. Serve and keep frozen when not being eaten!

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

Every girl who has her time of the month come by while going through a stressful period of time has to have some kind of a sweet tooth. I can’t possible be the only one! Well, that’s exactly what happened to me this week. Which is why I had to curb my craving for sweets with a touch (or maybe more) of deliciously sweet chocolate and salty sweet kettle popcorn.

Hot chocolate isn’t just for summer. I take a packet of hot chocolate to school if I want to make myself a cup to get my chocolate fix, or I make myself a quick glass to end my meal with a sweet, chocolatey touch. Another more unique way to get your hot chocolate fix is with hot chocolate popcorn!

I actually didn’t have a recipe for this, I kind of just went on a whim and put together some chocolatey things together and this was the absolutely beautiful dessert.

IMG_0413Ingredients:

All of the ingredients are to taste, you can use as much or as little as you want!

kettle corn or salted popcorn

milk chocolate

white chocolate

hot chocolate powder

parchment paper (optional)

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