Friday, August 28, 2009

Homemade Twix Bars

These were delicious!! This recipes has been adapted from a recipe on My Kitchen Cafe. Melanie over at My Kitchen Cafe has an incredible blog full of recipes. If you are looking for some great additions to your recipe box, start there! On to the recipe...

Homemade Twix Bars

*Makes one 9X13-inch pan of bars*

80 club crackers (I used multi-grain)
1 cup butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup fimrly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels

Line an ungreased 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an extension of foil on either end. Line the foil with 1 layer of club crackers, cutting to fit if necessary (in my 9X13-inch pan, the crackers lined up evenly without the need to trim).

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, milk and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. (Begin timing 5 minutes from when you see the first bubbles.) Remove from heat and spread half of butter mixture evenly over crackers. Place another single layer of crackers evenly over butter mixture, cutting to fit if necessary. Spread remaining butter mixture evenly over crackers. Top evenly with remaining crackers.

In a small saucepan (or in the microwave), combine peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and milk chocolate morsels. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over top of crackers. Cover, and chill for at least 1 hour. Lift foil overhang and remove bars from pan. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Eat as many as you can before the rest of the family discovers them. :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Looking back six or seven years ago, I can still remember making this cheesy bread on my very first day of Food Prep 101 in college. It's warm, cheesy and just plan delicious. All it requires is a cheap loaf of french bread and a few simple ingredients and you have the perfect bread to accompany a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

1 loaf french bread, sliced in half lengthwise
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups mozzerella cheese
1/2 cup parmesean cheese
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. oregano

Stir the mayo, cheeses, garlic and oregano together in a bowl. If needed add more cheese if it seems to wet and more mayonnaise if the cheese isn't sticking together. Spread the cheese mixture evenly on the two halved of french bread. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes, watching VERY carefully. When the cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown, it's ready!