Tags: almond butter, matzo, matzo brei, Passover, Peanut Butter, strawberries
I wanted to make Egg Foo Yung.
It was cooking class in 6th grade, mid-Passover. The teacher said those of us who observed Passover would be making Matzo Brei and everyone else would be making Egg Foo Yung.
“Can I have a show of hands of those who observe Passover, please?” she asked with an evil glint in her eye.
Yes, evil, to me..because, seriously.. Matzo Brei versus Egg Foo Yung? Not even remotely fair! Plus, I’d already had my fair share of matzo brei at home for three days straight.
Caramel Apple and Banana – Peanut Butter Pudding Parfaits with Vanilla Wafer Streusel and a Giveaway! Giveaway Closed.August 25, 2012 at 6:59 am | Posted in Dessert, Fruit, Giveaway, Puddings | 173 Comments
Tags: Apple, Banana, caramel, Parfait, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Pudding, Pudding, streusel, Vanilla Wafers
I caved. I finally joined in on the Pinterest craze. Craze is the operative word here because I’ve gone crazy pinning stuff. This is also why I’ve labeled the photo below..in case anyone pins it, so those who see it know what it is without having to read the fine print. It’s also there to draw your attention away from the overexposed topping..but hey, that’s artificial light for ya.
Like I said...crazy..crazed. I wake up to go to the bathroom, I end up pinning for an hour. I pin before work..I pin after work…I get up in the middle of watching a movie or Yankee game..
Tags: brown sugar, First Love, fruit, Greek Yogurt, Heavy Cream, Jam, Jelly, Milk, Overnight Oatmeal, Overnight Oats, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Preserves, vanilla
I don’t usually go for fads, trends or follow rules when it comes to food. In fact, I don’t abide by any rules when it comes to food. I’ve been known to bake pumpkin pies in June, and I know some people may argue this, but there is NO discernible difference between using fresh roasted pumpkin puree and canned. I’ve tested it many times over the years..and no one..I mean NO ONE, could tell the difference between the pumpkin pie using canned pumpkin and the pumpkin pie using fresh pumpkin. As long as the canned pumpkin is pure, with no additives, it’s fine.
There..I said it, and I didn’t want to wait until Fall to say it.
By the way, did you know most canned pumpkin puree is actually Butternut or Hubbard squash. or a variety of squash, not named pumpkin? Yes, this includes the one that starts with L.
Back to trends and fads in the food blogosphere. I have seen overnight oats all over the place for months now. Normally, I’d steer clear, because, again, I’m not a trendy person. However, I need quick breakfasts because I don’t eat breakfast anywhere near as often as I should, and I’m sick of cheerios, toast or smoothies, when I do.
After seeing Barbara’s (of Barbara Bakes) overnight oatmeal with berries, I decided I really needed to give this a shot. I also decided to blog it because I didn’t bake or cook anything for the KA Stand Mixer winner announcement, and Part 13…ummm…13A. I don’t like putting up posts without something tasty and visual in them.
This is a food blog..well, food/story journal, you know.
I can’t believe I put this photo up. Yeah, I know what it looks like. In fact, artificial light is most definitely not kind to oatmeal in photography. But, a jar tipped over throwing up oatmeal is pretty shitty food styling.
That said, no pretty jars for these overnight oats, because you will be using up the peanut butter at the bottom and around the sides of an almost empty peanut butter jar so everything goes into the almost empty peanut butter jar. If you want to make it look nice for serving to someone(s), spoon it into pretty glasses or bowls..like I did for photos. BUT, off of my blog, it’s getting eaten straight from the jar, then bye-bye jar – into the recycle bin.
Below are a few ways to serve it, some outside the breakfast box.
Double Chocolate Oatmeal with melting chocolate shards
With Cocoa Nibs
On top of soft chocolate ganache 2
Swirled, or mottled, rather, with raspberry jam
This is not a completely healthy version, but if you want to add protein powder, flax, chia seed. hemp, swamp goo, motor oil..or whatever, go ahead – no rules. You can also cut down the calories and make it healthier by choosing the Greek yogurt option and skim milk.
Well, there is one rule, but it’s a general rule to get the right consistency..and that rule is 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid, plus extras of your choice. If you want it thicker, add more oats.
Here’s my version.
Overnight Refrigerator Peanut Butter – Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Jelly or Chocolate
About 2 servings
1 almost empty jar of peanut butter (about 1/4 cup peanut butter left in jar)
1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick cooking oats (I tried both and preferred the quick oats, but if you like more ‘chew’, choose the old-fashioned oats)
2 to 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 cup whole milk or any milk you prefer (skim, soy, rice, almond etc)
1/2 cup vanilla bean Greek yogurt or 1/2 cup heavy cream steeped with vanilla bean scrapings and pod (pod removed after steeping, of course)
fruit or jam/jelly/preserves of your choice and/or chocolate chips, chunks (optional). I even added chocolate ganache to the bottom of one glass. No rules! You can go healthy or decadent, or both!
1. Dump the oats in the almost empty peanut butter jar. Sprinkle the dark brown sugar evenly on top of the oats. Stir together the milk and yogurt or steeped cream, then pour on top of the oats and dark brown sugar. If you’re adding chocolate chips or chunks, add now. Put the cover back on the peanut butter jar, tightly, and shake it vigorously. You’ll be stirring it come morning, so this is just a preliminary ‘shake’ to get the oats soaked and dissolve the brown sugar.
2. Put the covered jar in the fridge overnight, The next morning, open up the jar and stir it all together, digging the peanut butter up from the bottom and around the sides. Stir in fruit if you like – raspberries would be great, or swirl your favorite jam, jelly or preserves into it. If you prefer your oatmeal warm, give it a nuke in the microwave for a minute or two. Grab a spoon and dig in! Throw out the jar when you’re done..my favorite part next to eating it.
Note – I stirred extra peanut butter into the oats after they soaked overnight, only because I’m a peanut butter freak. It doesn’t need extra, but it doesn’t hurt if you’re a freak too. Also, I topped it off with some fresh, whipped cream and chocolate. If you want it topped, but healthier, use Greek yogurt.
Double Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal
1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick cooking oats (I tried both and preferred the quick oats, but if you like more ‘chew’, choose the old-fashioned oats)
1 to 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (taste)
1 cup whole milk or any milk you prefer (skim, soy, rice, almond etc)
1 tablespoon dark cocoa
1/4 cup chopped chocolate
1. Stir together milk and cocoa powder until uniform.
2.In an empty jar..like a mason jar, dump in oats, dark brown sugar, chocolate milk and chopped chocolate. Shake the jar vigorously and set in fridge overnight.
3. Eat right out of jar. I like to microwave it for a few seconds to melt some of the chopped chocolate. Enjoy!
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer! I really wish I could give everyone who entered one of these mixers. I promise, there will be more great giveaways coming soon! Thank you all for entering!
The Random Number Generator decided that Candace, who’s comment is #224, is the winner!
Congratulations, Candace! I will be sending you an email so you can choose a color and give me your mailing info. As soon as I get it, it will be sent out to you ASAP. If there is no response from you within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
One more thing – I’d like to thank Bonnie, of Bonnie Banters, for nominating me for a Food Stories Award! Again, I’m incredibly flattered! Since I was nominated late last month, and have already passed on 5 nominations…I’ll throw in another random fact about me.
When I was a child..having had the luxury of seeing several Broadway shows and listening to my father’s collection of Broadway soundtracks..I decided I wanted to be a Broadway singer. I used to stand on my front door step and belt out tunes like Tomorrow, Memory, One etc. There was one small problem, I couldn’t sing. My poor neighbors.
Tags: Berries, Crepes, Giveaway, National Peanut Board, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cream
I’m a peanut butter freak. You might not have known that because I don’t have a lot of peanut butter treats, sweet or savory, on my blog. Oh, I do have some, like..
- Peanut Butter Caramel Dipped Lady Apples
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl/Chunk Brownies
- Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Entremet
- Peanut Butter Pie
- Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cream
- Double Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart
- Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse
- Spicy Peanut Noodles in Cucumber Cups
- Peanut Sauce for Noodles and/or Satay dipping
OK, so maybe it’s a little more than I thought.
…but, the main reason I don’t have TONS, is because if I cooked or especially baked with peanut butter as much as I wanted to, I’d eat it all. No giving most of it away, no one slice then ‘into the freezer’, no dumping the rest into the trash – all to eliminate the big gorge. I’ve had an ongoing love affair with peanut butter since I was a child, and no amount of restraint can keep me from it’s creamy or crunchy ‘come hither’ lure. This is why one of the above actions must take place when I do bake with it.
I even keep a jar of peanut butter in my bedroom. Wow, that was kind of embarrassing to admit.
The first crepe in the upper left hand corner ‘went to the dog’ aka me.
So, I’ve got peanut butter desserts and a few savory lunch or dinner peanut butter treats, but what about BREAKFAST? Yes, peanut butter for breakfast!
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Lakeshia for the National Peanut Board about Promoting Peanut Butter for Breakfast. I was offered a $50 VISA card, plus one to give away to one of you, along with a variety of peanut buttes, and a mug and spatula. Obviously, the VISA card is definitely the biggie, the main lure, the Hell YES, right? Not exactly in my case..all I could think was..
‘Yeah, yeah, just get that peanut butter to me ASAP’
I’ve eaten peanut butter for breakfast, again, since I was a child. It started with the goofy blue suited captain cereal – ONLY the peanut butter crunch version. I think I had that for breakfast almost every day kindergarten through 4th grade. Then that morphed into just a snack I ate straight from the box, while I started my mornings with peanut butter pancakes, or peanut butter french toast (NOT actual peanut butter French toast or pancakes, I just spread peanut butter in between the pancakes or slices, then poured on the syrup). Once I was in High School, if I wasn’t skipping breakfast, which I did most of the time, it was peanut butter on whole wheat toast, with or without apple slices. I still eat that for breakfast to this day.
According to the National Peanut Board;
While 93 percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal, less than half eat a morning meal every day .Reasons for skipping out often include trying to lose weight or not having the time (That’s me!).
They also mentioned that peanut butter is full of fiber, protein and good fats. Why not eat it for breakfast? However, I’m willing to bet the goofy, blue suited Captain peanut butter cereal doesn’t fit into any of those categories. Funny thing is, as a kid, it tasted SO peanut buttery to me. As an adult, I cannot taste one bit of peanut butter, just a sugary, salty, kind of distant relative of peanut butter. Bottom line, open up a jar, or grind your own..there’s no substitution for the real thing.
Well..I’ve created a breakfast offering (although it can be construed and eaten as a dessert) that I think you’ll all love. This is probably more of a Sunday ‘breakfast in bed’ kind of treat, considering it’s not super quick to put together. Making crepes takes some time, and a little technique, but once you get the hang of it, it starts to move along a lot faster. However, don’t be put off when that first crepe doesn’t turn out. This happens to even the best chefs, hence the saying….
“The first crepe always goes to the dog.”
I think it’s a matter of the pan hitting the right temperature. If you’re new to crepe making, I strongly suggest using a non-stick pan. Actually, I recommend you always use a non-stick pan, no matter how advanced! Much, much easier to produce perfectly golden crepes that don’t stick. Plus, it’ll cut the time in half. The crepe recipe I’m using contains canola oil and skim milk rather than butter and whole milk, so there’s your ‘healthier’ factor. The filling is another issue. Yes, it’s a bit rich, but you’re using a small amount of it to fill each crepe (the beauty of the PB cream is you can adjust the sweetness and consistency to your liking – just taste along the way)..and then fresh berries to top it off..a huge DING on the healthy meter again.
You can splurge and gussy it up a bit, like I did with drizzles of melted chocolate or chocolate syrup on top, and, heck..even a spoonful of whipped cream, plus powdered sugar wouldn’t kill ya.
Who wouldn’t want a plate of these served to them for breakfast? It’s like breakfast out, not in. Go.for.it.
Now to the Giveaway… To help make mornings easier, the National Peanut Board is equipping peanut butter fans with nutritious breakfast tips and recipes at www.PB4Breakfast.com . Visitors are also encouraged to vote for their favorite peanut butter breakfast dishes. For every vote, America’s peanut farmers will donate $5, up to $10,000, to help serve a nutritious breakfast to the hungry.
Photo of above prizes courtesy National Peanut Board
Not only can you help those in need with a click, you also have a chance to win a variety of Peanut Butters and Peanut Butter samples – a mug and spatula, and a $50 Visa gift card by posting your favorite way to eat Peanut Butter for breakfast and sharing away. I will select a winner on March 23rd, 11:59 pm, using random.org. A winner will be announced March 24th. In order to enter this giveaway, you must… 1. Leave a comment here about anything – whether it be my crepes, and/or your favorite way to incorporate peanut butter into breakfast or a way you might incorporate it into breakfast. THEN, 2. Tell the National Peanut Board how you like Peanut Butter for breakfast on the Peanut Butter Fanatic Facebook wall. 3. Vote for your favorite PB for Breakfast recipe, while you’re there. 4. Leave a comment here telling me you did # 2 and #3. Of course I couldn’t leave you without bonus entries.. 1. Like Peanut Butter Fanatic on Facebook 2. Follow me on Twitter @parsleynsage 3. Subscribe to Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives via email or RSS feed. 4. Tweet this giveaway – I just entered to win a $50 VISA card, a variety of Peanut Butters plus more at http://bit.ly/z5HW3X. #giveaway #peanutbutter Leave a separate comment for everything you did.
Peanut Butter or Plain Cheesecake and Berries Crepes
4 -6 servings
Recipe from Jacques Pepin via Delish
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon corn or canola oil
A little additional oil for greasing the skillet
Peanut Butter Cream
8-oz cream cheese, softened (make it skinnier using Neufchatel or low-fat cream cheese)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons peanut butter *
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar (you can add more or less depending on how sweet you like it. If it gets too thick if you increase the amount, just add more cream or milk)
2 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream, or milk, or soy milk, or almond milk etc.. your choice.
Assorted mixed berries of your choice, sliced or cut up
* If you don’t like peanut butter and want plain cheesecake crepes, omit the peanut butter and use another 1/2 cup cream cheese plus an extra 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
1. Combine the flour, eggs, sugar, and 1/4 cup of the milk in a bowl, and mix with a whisk until smooth. The mixture will be pretty thick. Add the remaining milk and the tablespoon of oil, and mix until smooth. Let sit for 1 hour.
2. In the meantime, make the peanut butter cream. Combine peanut butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a medium bowl if you use a hand mixer. Beat until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla and combine until smooth. Drizzle in cream (or whatever milk you’d like) until it’s of a frosting like consistency, and fluffy. Fill a piping bag with a small or medium tip, or a ziplock bag with the end snipped off, with the cream if you want to get fancy, or just cover the bowl and set aside until ready to spoon onto crepes.
3. Lightly grease the bottom of an 9 or 10-inch non-stick skillet with a little oil, and heat the pan over medium to high heat. When it is hot, add about 1/4 of the crepe batter, and quickly tilt and move the skillet so the batter coats the entire bottom of the pan. Move quickly, or the batter will set before the bottom of the skillet is coated, and the crepes will be thicker than desired. If there’s a hole anywhere, just add a little more batter to cover it. Like I mentioned above, don’t be deterred if the first crepe doesn’t turn out.. this is the one usually goes to the dog anyway (In my case..I was the dog).
4. Cook for about 45 seconds on one side, and then turn and cook for about 20 seconds on the other side. As you make the crepes, stack them on a plate, browned side down, so that when they are filled and folded this brown side will be visible. Don’t start making the crepes until you’ve got the filling and berries ready to go, not to mention the ‘crew’ you’re going to serve them to.
5. Pipe or spread about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the peanut butter cream, in a line, on one side of the crepe (In my photos, I did a little piping twist, which used a lot more filling – this was all for show, unless you love A LOT of filling). Top with a few tablespoons of mixed berries. Roll up gently so most of the berries end up on top – some might get lost in the peanut butter cream. Top with some powdered sugar, a few drizzles of chocolate ganache or syrup and tuck in some extra berries in between each crepe and/or around the plate. Pipe on some whipped cream, if you’re feeling especially ‘splurgy’.
Part 8 of Bad Boy First Love coming in a few short days.
The National Peanut Board provided me with a gift card to promote their Peanut Butter for Breakfast campaign, but the thoughts, opinions and recipes (except the plain crepes) shared in this post are my own. The National Peanut Board is providing the product giveaway and gift card.
Tags: #applelove, Caramel apples, Halloween, Lady apples, Peanut Butter, Peanuts, sprinkles
One of my first childhood ‘cooking’ memories, by myself, is one I remember as if it happened yesterday. It’s crystal clear, every detail engraved in my cerebral vault like the inscription on the bracelet given to me by my first puppy love…
‘I will love you forever – R’
Hmmm, guess that means he still loves me, huh? ;D
I was about 4 or 5, and my Mother was resting in bed with a cold. I was watching a PBS show called Zoom (OH – 2-1-3-4 – send it to Zoom!), and they had a little cooking segment which I always looked forward to. I’m not sure they actually ever cooked anything, but it was food preparation, which was new and exciting to me. How to spread peanut butter on apples! With a plastic knife, of course.
I went into the kitchen, grabbed the peanut butter, a plastic knife from a bag in the drawer, a few apples. and pulled a chair (or stool, the one detail that’s a bit fuzzy) to the counter. I climbed up and proceeded to ‘host’ my own cooking show, teaching my imaginary audience how to spread peanut butter on sliced apples.
Recreating my first cooking show and the mess.
After about 30 minutes – apple pieces strewn all over the floor, smears of peanut butter all over me, the counter, and the cupboards, my Mother, obviously hearing me talk to myself in a loud, cheery voice for a longer period of time than usual… decided to investigate. She screamed, she freaked…she shrieked.
“OMG. look at this mess! What did you doooo!?! Wait until your father gets home!! I’m going to leave this mess for him to see!”
A whack on the butt, then sent to my room (isn’t that called child abuse nowadays?).
Regardless of the outcome, it was a moment of discovery and a fond memory that always slivers its way into my answer when asked about how and when I got into cooking, baking, fancy shmancy desserts, etc.
So now it’s Fall, Halloween is approaching and most markets have these boxes filled with the cutest, green apples with just a blush of red. They’re about 2-inches in diameter and have been calling to me every time I walk by. I finally couldn’t resist and bagged a dozen of these little Lady apples (not to be confused with Pink Lady apples). I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Miniature caramel apples. It’s been ages since I’ve had a caramel dipped apple, and since these apple are so small, the amount of caramel consumed would be minute and easy on the toofies. BUT WAIT..just plain old caramel? Uh uh…I needed to revisit my first cooking show. There was definitely going to be peanut butter involved, and no one was sending me to my room this time.
To show you how small Lady apples are, I placed one next to a medium Fuji apple.
When I got home, I saw I was out of peanut butter. I cursed myself silently while checking the mail – then noticed a package on the doorstep. When I opened it, I couldn’t believe my eyes or luck, two jars of Planter’s peanut butter! Divine intervention? Well, not exactly, more like perfect timing. I had opted in to receive these jars from Planters via the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s Program and the National Peanut Board, about a week or less before (you all know what a peanut butter freak I am). Things like this don’t normally happen to me – I’m sort of the living, breathing, walking, talking epitome of Murphy’s Law. I’d love nothing more than to abdicate that throne, and this was certainly a good start!
Upon researching the lady apple, I saw I wasn’t the first to think of dipping these little mamas. Martha – of course, had dipped the ladies years before, as well as Peggy Cullem – but did they dip them in a peanut butter caramel? I think not. Then I realized I didn’t have any candy apple or popsicle sticks on hand. Once again, things went my way. I recalled Martha using tree twigs as sticks. I always loved that idea and in fact, she used them to dip her lady apples, as did Peggy Cullem. OK, so outside of the peanut butter in the caramel, no real originality, but who cares? These were going to be so cute and so well-received. Perfect little 3 or 4 biters of tart, sweet, healthy apple. with barely enough caramel to even come close to ruining your diet or teeth (unless you eat more than two of these in one sitting – which I did, of course).
They’re also perfect little Halloween party favors, or a great trick-or-treat goodie or sweet snack for the kids that won’t result in them swinging from the chandelier with an embossed invitation to join the cavity creep clique.
I used the caramel recipe from my passion fruit filled bonbons, futzed with the amount of ingredients a bit and added peanut butter and vanilla – but this time I used Peggy Cullem’s method for making the caramel. It worked. Roll these cutie-pie, dipped apples in chopped peanuts, sprinkles, candy – or anything you like outside of nuts and bolts (unless you really dislike the recipient). If you’d like, dip the lower half of each apple in melted chocolate once the caramel sets, or just drizzle with chocolate. They’re also beautiful simply dipped in the peanut butter caramel with no extra decor aka calories – it’s entirely up to you!
Peanut Butter – Caramel Dipped Lady Apples
Twig idea from Martha Stewart, Caramel method from Peggy Cullem
1 dozen Lady apples (or the smallest apples you can find)
12 twigs or popsicle sticks.
1 cup granulated white sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hot heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup Planter’s Peanut Butter
1. Thoroughly wash and dry apples and twigs. Stick twigs into apples and set aside on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bring heavy cream to a boil and set aside.
2. Place 1/2 cup of the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until light amber in color, about 5-7 minutes. Use a pastry brush, dipped in water, to wash down sides of pan to prevent crystallization as the mixture boils.
3. Remove saucepan from the heat and gradually whisk in the remaining half cup of sugar, corn syrup,, hot heavy cream, salt and butter (STAND BACK..it will bubble and gurgle like crazy, you could burn yourself!). Return to the heat and insert a candy thermometer. Cook until the thermometer registers 248 Fahrenheit – about 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract and the peanut butter.
4. Working quickly, dip the lady apples into the caramel, letting any excess drip back into the pan. Set the apples on the prepared baking sheet (roll in toppings immediately after dipping, if using). If the caramel becomes too thick, gently rewarm it over low heat. Let the caramel apples cool for 1 hour before serving.
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