Salty and sweet. Crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth. Peanut butter and chocolate. Dangerous and delicious (you know what I mean). One little bite, so much to experience. Why did I wait so long to give these a try??
Have you ever baked something that made you do the Daffy Duck? You know, the cartoon scene where Daffy runs about yelling, “I’m rich, I’m rich, whoop, whoop, yippee, I’m rich!” He’s bouncing around on his head, feet, hands, and rump in a spastic outpouring of sheer joy. Yep, the Daffy Duck. Not everything we bake here in the kitchen gets us to do the Daffy Duck. Sometimes we do the swoon, the table grip (hold me Ralphie, I’ve died and gone to heaven).
Revealing my disinterest in ice cream always draws a lot of incredulity on the behalf of the listener. Sometimes the reaction is decidedly offended, as though ice cream were treasured family moment I just figuratively dismissed with a bored wave of my hand. Other times it’s complete confusion. What did you just say? What do you mean, you “don’t like ice cream?”
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) dried apricots 1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon orange zest, from 1 large orange, plus more for garnish, optional, 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 4 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted Directions Special Equipment: a 12-count mini muffin pan Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor , pulse together the apricots, walnuts, honey, 1 tablespoon orange zest , orange juice, and cardamom , until the apricots are in 1/4-inch pieces.
Peanut Butter Pie serves 8 Crust: 15 hydrox or oreo cookies, crushed 1/4 Cup butter, melted Filling: 1 1/4 Cup creamy peanut butter 1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature 1 Cup powdered sugar 2 Tbs. unsalted butter (1/4 stick) 1 1/4 Cup chilled whipping cream 1 Tbs. vanilla melted chocolate (optional) Mix oreo cookies and butter together and press into sides and bottom of pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 7 minutes.
This may be a cooking blog, but I find myself sharing some of my deepest, darkest secrets (never having tried oatmeal before, for instance) here. So far you all have accepted me and all the horrible things I’ve kept hidden for years and years. I can only hope that you will continue to stand by my side as I reveal this next bit of private information about myself. I prefer my brownies to be made from a box mix.
My cousin Greg from DC stayed with us last night. It was great to see him. When we have company, what’s one of the first things that I think of? Dessert! I must have enough dessert to feed the guests!