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Chocolate and Peanut Butter

We recently had some server problems which resulted in my last post being deleted. Fortunately it was still in my draft folder so I am reposting it here for any who might actually want to try this recipe sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚


At Christmas I made a dessert which I had never made before. It is a recipe that has been around for years and I had eaten it but had just never made it myself. It was called a Chocolate Eclair Dessert and was made with graham crackers, instant vanilla pudding, and a chocolate sauce. You refrigerate it overnight and the flavors meld and the crackers soften a bit making a tasty dessert that the whole family, including the little children seemed to enjoy.

Around Easter time I saw a recipe for a chocolate peanut butter version so I just had to try it since the regular version was so popular with the fam. I did sort of combine the two recipes so I will post the recipe as I made it. I did have to go to a couple of stores to find the chocolate graham crackers. I have found them at Ingles, Bilo, and at Publix here locally. They are around $4 a box if you pay full price but I have discovered that some of the stores do have them as one of their BOGO (Buy one get one free) items.

Peanut Butter Eclair Dessert

1 box chocolate Graham Crackers
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. whipped topping

Chocolate Glaze
1/3 cup chocolate chips
3 Tbsps. butter
2 Tbsps. corn syrup
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsps. milk

Line the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan with a layer of graham crackers. Combine the 3 1/2 cups milk, peanut butter, and instant pudding mix and beat for about 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Layer half of this mixture onto the crackers. Add another layer of crackers and then top with the rest of the peanut butter pudding mixture. Add a final layer of crackers. Prepare the glaze by melting the chocolate chips and butter. Stir in corn syrup, powdered sugar, and milk. Spread on top of crackers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


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An eventful weekend


Last weekend our son Mark graduated from Furman University with his master's degree in education. There were only five students receiving master's degrees and 600 some getting undergraduate degrees. He was also inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi honors society. Since the graduation was in the evening we decided to have a small family celebration at a local Mexican restaurant that Mark chose. Here are a few pictures from the event:




It rained nearly all day on Saturday so the graduation was held indoors rather than in the outdoor stadium as it had been planned.The ceremony was very nice albeit long and we are very proud of all of Mark's hard work. This is a very eventful summer for Mark and Katie with his graduation, a new baby daughter coming in July, and a possible new position in the fall.

Another event which is very minor in comparison is that Rob tried a new coffee cake recipe this past Sunday. Last week Stacy, from the blog Stacy Makes Cents had a post entitiled Ten Recipes You Must Try--take 2. The recipe Rob tried was for this Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. For several years now I have been searching for a chocolate coffee cake recipe and this one is definitely a keeper! It is delicious. Several of the other recipes look like they are worth trying as well.


I hope you had a nice weekend too.


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An old favorite

You may remember several years ago there was a commercial about making Rice Krispie Treats. In the commercial the woman making the treats was out in the kitchen reading a novel after making the treats while her family was in the dining room asking if they were ready yet. After she yells "These things take time," she finally puts down the novel, throws some flour on her face, and enters the dining room with a platter of the treats, much to the delight of the family.

Rice KrispieTreats are quick and easy to make in the microwave and they are very tasty. Here's a recipe for my favorite version:

picture of Krispie Ingredients

Marshmallow Treats

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
4 cups of mini marshmallows
5 cups chocolate krispies (I got these at Aldi -- most stores have their own brand)

In a large bowl or measuring cup (I use a 6 cup measure) melt the butter and peanut butter on high for 35-45 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave for 1 minute at 70% power. Stir in the krispies and coat throughly. Press into a buttered 9" x 13" pan. Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy your quick and easy treat!

Rice Krispie Treats

While Drew has been with us this week he has been helping with a variety of chores around the house. Here he is washing the bench from our front porch:

picture of Drew Bench

Here he is rolling out some dough for Gorditas with his mom. He said he was "doughing." We've been having fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

picture of Drew Doughing


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A little bit of chocolate

picture of Blend Pudding

Sometimes you just need something chocolate. I got this recipe from a student many, many years ago when I first started teaching home economics. It's a quick and easy dessert that is very rich and chocolatey.

picture of PuddingCups

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding

1 cup chocolate chips
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup milk

Place chocolate chips, salt, egg, and vanilla in a blender container. Heat the milk just to boiling. Pour the hot milk over the ingredients and quickly blend for about one minute. Pour into serving dishes. Chill for several hours or overnight. Garnish with whipped cream or Cool Whip and chocolate chips, shaved chocolate, or a sift of cocoa.

picture of GarnishedPudding

This is very rich and very delicious! I like to serve it in some small demitasse cups. I'm not overly concerned about the egg but if it worries you you could use the equivalent measure of an egg substitute like Egg Beaters or some other pasturized egg product.


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Cake Mix Doctor

Several years ago I saw a Cake Mix Doctor book at a local bookstore and perused it. I later checked it out of the library for some in-depth study. After this I decided to purchase a copy of my own. I have since also bought the Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor and another book by this author called the What Can I Bring Cookbook.

picture of Cake Doctor Books

The author, Anne Byrn had a cooking column in a newspaper in Tennessee and in one column she asked readers to submit their best recipes for things made from cake mixes. Thus began the idea for the cake books.

My daughter Megan's friend, Kristen, bakes cakes for birthdays at her husband's office and she often uses recipes from the Cake Doctor books. She tried a number of the cakes and both she and Megan really like one called the Lethal Peppermint Cake. Here's a picture of the cake:

picture of Lethal Peppermint Cake

This cake is oft requested in our family for birthdays and I also made large two layer sheet cake versions of it for the groom's cake at both DD, Meg and DS-in-law Jim's wedding and at DS, Mark and DD-in-law Katie's weddings. Here's a picture of one of the groom's cakes:

picture of Groom's Cake

The cake itself is a deep, moist chocolate cake filled with a peppermint buttercream and then frosted with a chocolate ganache icing. This picture shows the peppermint filling:

picture of Peppermint Filling

If you like chocolate and mint you will probably like this cake.

I have tried a number of other recipes from these books and there are several that we really like. The author also has a web-site set up like a newsletter with recipes that are not in the books. One recipe that I found on the web-site that is one of my favorites is the Orange Marmalade Cake. If you have read any of the Jan Karon books you are probably familiar with Esther Bolick's famous Orange Marmalade Cakes (scroll down to the recipe--it's in the newsletter titled 4th slice, from 2006 under the heading Recipe Swap ). I tried several recipes for Orange Marmalade Cakes that I found in magazines that I did not care for, but this one is very, very good.

The first Cake Doctor book has a wide variety of recipes for white, yellow, and spice cakes, fruit flavored cakes, chocolate cakes, bars, cookies, etc. The second book has some of the recipes from the first book but nearly all the recipes contain chocolate or white chocolate. In the second book she has revised some of her recipes just a bit. At the front of both books there are small color plates which picture every recipe in the book. I find this to be very helpful.

So, if you like to bake or need ideas for an upcoming birthday or other celebration cake I would definitely recommend that you check out these books.


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