Day 9 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Cereal Treats

Cereal Treats

Cereal Treats. Who doesn’t love cereal treats? They’re sweet, crunchy and keep your mouth busy and filled with flavor. Now, while we love the OG Rice Krispie treats, we thought we would give you something extra special. Fruity Pebble Treats. You could honestly try this your favorite cereal, but fruit pebbles are definitely high on our list of favorites.

Seriously, these were one of our favorite recipes we made for this. Something about the marshmallows sinking to the bottom, the crunchiness of the cereal, the overall mouth feel, was truly wonderful.

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Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Hello loyal and wonderful followers! We are back! And this time, we mean it. We’ve been making a lot of changes to TwoYoungLadies and trying to figure things out and stock pile as many wonderful recipes as we could before we came to you! And there is no better time like CANADA DAY to come back and share a recipe with you.

Today (or tomorrow’s) recipe is for one of Canada’s delicacies, or so says Wikipedia, Nanaimo Bars! These bars originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1953 and  the first time they ever appeared was in a recipe in the Vancouver Sun under the name “London Fog Bar”. Later that same year, they appeared Edith Adam’s 14th Edition Prize Cookbook.

Apparently the Nanaimo Bar is one of Canada’s most popular desserts and is notoriously and coylingly sweet. We made a few adjustments to our Nanaimo Bars so you’re not punched in the mouth with an overly sweet dessert. Our bars, have the perfect balance of sweetness and _______insert something.

Our bars are the perfect treat for any Canada Day Party and will leave you wanting more.

 

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Bottom Layer

  • ½ cup of European-style butter
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup of almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded sweetened coconut

Step 1: In a double boiler, melt butter, sugar and coco powder until smooth.

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Step 2: Add in the beaten egg and mix. (if the mixture starts “breaking”, then add a little cream/milk and mix until smooth again. It will have a slight gelatinous nature. Take off the heat and put into a bowl to cool.

Nanaimo Bars

Step 3: Into the chocolate bowl, add the graham crackers, almonds and coconut. Mix until everything is evenly distributed.

Step 4: Press firmly into a parchment lined 8”x 8” pan. Later, the parchment helps in releasing the sugary beautiful from it’s prison when it’s all set up.

Nanaimo Bars

Middle Layer

  • ½ cup of salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla custard powder (Jello Cook & Serve is perfect)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of maple extract

Step 1: Cream the butter, cream, vanilla custard powder, and maple extract.

Step 2: Add the powdered sugar, a cup at a time to avoid Sugar Storms!  Combine until it’s lightened in color a little.

Nanaimo Bars

Step 3: Spread on the bottom layer and let it firm up in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Top Layer

  • 6 to 8 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder

Step 1: In the double boiler, melt the butter, espresso powder, and chocolate until melty and shiny. Let it cool slightly. It should still be pourable, but you don’t want it to melt the middle layer.

Step 2: Smooth the chocolate over in an even layer and place back into the fridge to firm and chill.

Cut and serve! While our bars make look big (for photo’s purposes) you can cut your bars into smaller or even bite size pieces!

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

 

 

P.S. We we’re inspired to make these while watching Schitt’s Creek a couple weeks ago.  Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy created a hilariously smart small town world that includes the genius of Catherine O’Hara.  If you have a sense of humor and breathe air, please watch it! You won’t be sorry!

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Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

It’s Hump Day! And the only way to get through hump day? Blondies filled with toasted pecans and chocolate chips, these will melt in your mouth and make you feel like it’s Friday!

Blondies are basically a cookie that are made in a brownie pan, and give you a nice change of pace from the normal cookie or brownie. These blondies have claimed they have more fun than brownies, but there’s room for everyone in our hearts!

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Ingredients

  • 2 Sticks Butter (Salted, Room Temperature)
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar ( Tightly Packed)
  • 1/2 Cup Bakers Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Vanilla Paste
  • 2 Extra Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
  • 2 Cups AP Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1  Cup Pecans (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Step 2: 

In a stand mixer or medium bowl using a hand mixer beat together the butter, and sugars on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Step 3: 

Next, add the vanilla paste on a low speed.

Step 4: 

Add the eggs (one at a time) making sure your scrape down the sides of the bowl after adding each egg.

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Step 5:

In a separate and small bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Then mix in the salt.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in batches until fully incorporated.

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Step 6: 

Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Step 7: 

Spray and 8×11 pan with baking spray then evenly spread out the blondie batter. Cook for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Allow to cool completely then cut into 12 perfect squares, or just eat it. Who cares about cutting equal pieces?

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Pecan Blondies

Recipe adapted from The Queen