Friday, August 10, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Truffles

I kept seeing this recipe floating around but never thought to try it until I started getting into making chocolate covered treats.  I'm probably the last person on earth to know that chocolate, bananas and peanut butter go together, but now that I know, I'm setting this one on the top of my chocolate covered list.  Even better, is to freeze them. I cannot explain it any better other than to say its an amazing bite of deliciousness.  From the ice cold banana, to the sprinkle of salt on the chocolate, these are without a doubt a hit.

What You Need:

  • 2 bananas - slice them into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • 2tbs of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbs heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup or confectioners sugar 
  • 1 bag of Wiltons chocolate melts 
  • Sea Salt
  • Toothpicks
  • Wax or Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet

  • Line the baking sheet with the wax or parchment paper
  • Place the sliced bananas on the sheet and set aside for a moment.

  • Mix the peanut butter, confectioners sugar and heavy cream together. At this point the peanut butter will be thicker and you can take a bit and place on top of the banana slices.

  • Melt your chocolate (I personally prefer to use Wiltons versus the Nestle morsels because of how easily and quickly they melt).
  • Dip each of the banana/PB slices into the chocolate. Swirl it around to ensure its all coated.  Using a toothpick, transfer back to the baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle a little sea salt and any other sprinkles you want.
  • Place in freezer for an hour or so. More or less is up to you.
  • You're Done!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wonton Pizza Crisps

(Original recipe can be found at Wendy See Wendy Do)

Every time I buy wonton wrappers or egg roll wrappers, I'm left with a stack I have no idea what to do with. Today I decided to hunt down something new to try with the leftover wrappers versus letting them sit for months and get freezer burn and then I'd have to toss them. I found countless recipes for rolls and dumplings of all kinds - basically the standard. THEN, I came upon this greatness.  These little crispy squares were the perfect dinner snack for my 5 year old and I.  Made up and on the table in approximately 10 minutes total, we spent the rest of the evening playing Batman Lego 2 and munching on them. These are definitely a keeper and I can see changing them up in different ways to make other kinds of mini pizzas chips, which, they totally were like a chip.

What You Will Need:

  • 12 Wontons wrappers  (if frozen, just microwave for 20 seconds to thaw)
  • 12 Slices of Pepperon
  • Mozzarella Cheese - shredded
  • Italian Herb Seasoning
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • A baking sheet

What To Do:
  • Crank that oven up on 375.
  • Spray some non stick cooking spray to cover the base.
  • Lay your 12 wrappers - 4 per row - making sure they don't touch each other.
  • Spray the wrappers
  • Sprinkle the cheese.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning.
  • Top it off with a pepperoni slice and pop it in the oven.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes.  

Here is where I'd say it depends on your oven. I initially did 8 minutes which toasted them pretty quickly, turning them brown. Not burnt tasting though, but not fancy pretty either.  I did another batch and this time I let them go for 6 minutes, checking the cheese melting process and getting what I had hoped for. The brown ones didn't go to waste at all, I just alternated them with the lighter colored ones when I stacked and served.

How easy was that?! 5 year old approved. Dinner done in a jiffy. Cleanup minimal. Playtime abundant. Happy and full.  This was a good, easy night. Mom approved.