Posts Tagged ‘Reeses’
Ohio State may not be playing a game this weekend, but here in Memphis I am still celebrating yet another PB+Choc Saturday in addition to continuing the celebration of Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Here in Memphis, everyone knows that Elvis’s favorite sandwich was peanut butter and banana. Today I am using PB Crave’s CoCo Bananas Peanut Butter to transform that sandwich into a rice krispie treat. The original recipe used banana chips as well, but I decided the banana flavor in the peanut butter was a adequate substitution. Although I will admit, I had planned on topping them off with banana chips but they mysteriously disappeared into the abyss that is my pantry (which means I probably used them and forgot). Regardless, you won’t want to miss out on these over-the-top krispie treats! One of my labmate’s eyes bulged out upon her first bite. Yea they’re good.
In the past I’ve salvaged pancakes that stick to the skillet by cooking the remaining batter in either a doughnut or muffin-top pan. But my dad and step mom gave me a griddle for Christmas so I haven’t had to get creative with my pancakes in awhile. However, I now find myself purposely baking my pancakes sometimes when I don’t want to stand over the griddle watching and flipping until all the batter is gone. When they are baked you just pop them in the oven and walk away until the timer goes off, which is exactly what I did for these peanut butter cup banana pancakes. Of course you can cook these on a griddle as well, but I was feeling lazy.
Side note: For those of you wondering about my health, I am nearly 100% recovered! Still keeping the tissues around but hopefully will be able to detach myself from them in the next couple of days.
One year ago: Cake Batter Puppy Chow
Last night I went to Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth’s book signing for “Breakfast for Dinner” here in Memphis! It was amazing to meet them both and I already have bookmarks sticking out all over their newest cookbook. Which lead me to the resolution that I need to cook more from my cookbooks in general. When there are that many amazing recipes, it’s a crime not to make them. First I need to make some breakfast for dinner, and then something cookie dough for dessert .
But before I can dive into that we must celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! And since I already gorged myself with Casablanca’s chocolate mousse, and a Muddy’s tomboy cupcake last night, let’s continue the gluttony today by celebrating with something obscene. If you thought the Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies and Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Bricks were sinful, how about combining the two into one decadent pie? Oh I did it. And for the sake of my waistline and overall health, I need to never make this pie again. I work out every day for an hour or more and even that is not enough to prevent this from sticking to my belly. My ability to resist is also completely absent, so therefore I definitely cannot be in the same room as this pie without eating some. It’s. Just. Too. Good.
One year ago: Pizza Swirls
Do you crave ice cream year round? Because I certainly do, yet somehow I managed to completely fail at making any homemade ice cream this past summer (I made popsicles but that doesn’t count). Hard to accomplish when summer lasts about 9 months here. But redemption comes in the form of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream! After all it is going to be 73 today, and I have no Ohio State football to watch since it is our Bye week. Which means I can stress out a little less today and sit back with a bowl of glory. This super creamy ice cream has a a peanut butter base and then mini Reese’s cups are mixed in. It’s a total imbalanced ratio of peanut butter to chocolate, and that’s exactly how I like it! However, if you are like more people are prefer a bit more chocolate, just pour on some fudge topping.
In lab-nerd related news, a yeast gene that once took me two years to delete (a process that normally takes about a month and therefore made me miserable) finally decided to play nice the other day and produce not just one positive colony, but 7… SEVEN! I know practically no one will understand how unbelievable this was to my eyes, but I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had seen in a long time. You see, after finally getting the first one a couple years back I have had the luxury of deleting the same gene out of several different strains of yeast. Every single time it has been a serious struggle to get more than one, and you really need at least two to show reproducibility with your results later on when doing experiments with the little buggers. And now I have seven. I knew that gene and I would be friends one day, but I thought I was going to have to wait for graduation haha.
But I digress. Back to the peanut butter goodness.
We’ve all had the magical 7-layer bars and are familiar with it’s components, but take a look at this list of 7 layers:
1. Chocolate graham cracker crust
2. Chopped peanuts
3. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
4. Peanut butter chips
5. Chopped Reese’s cups
6. Reese’s pieces
7. Sweetened condensed milk
Oh heck yes, I made a chocolate peanut butter version! Not that it should come as any surprise due to my obsession with all things peanut butter & chocolate, and that it is once again college football Saturday. Gotta get my weekly dose of Buckeye-ness!
This week’s opponent is the Indiana Hoosiers. The Ohio State football team has not lost to Indiana since 1988. But hopefully that is not a jinx after watching last week’s surprising domination over Nebraska, bumping us back up to #8. Unfortunately I will be unable to view this weeks game because it is only aired on the Big Ten Network, and I don’t have cable, let alone the special package that includes that channel. Although I will be out and about tonight for a friend’s birthday and if I’m lucky it will be on at the bar.
I feel as though the fate of the rest of the Buckeye season will be determined today while playing the first conference and away game of the season against #20 Michigan State. The team who was supposed to be the best of the conference according to pre-season talk, but then they lost to Notre Dame. Ohio State is #14 but this early in the season I am not sure the numbers really matter. Therefore, to calm my nerves for the game today, I figured a massively decadent peanut butter and chocolate treat was in order. Since I had already done a cheesecake, it was time for a super loaded brownie.
Start with a plain old brownie, any kind you prefer whether it be home made or a boxed mix. But a few minutes before the brownies are fully cooked, you top them with peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Of course you know it cannot stop there. Sure enough while that layer bakes into the brownies, you prepare a chocolate-peanut buttery rice krispie layer which gets poured over the top of the brownies and solidifies in the refrigerator. Patience is key here, but once you master that you will be shoveling these crunchy, chewy, awesome brownies into your face. You heard me – in yo’ face!!
Also, consider these brownies a teaser (yes THESE brownies as merely a tease) for what is coming to a computer/smart-phone screen near you on Monday. It all started with a Twitter conversation about spending a Friday night alone with a batch of brownies. Which gave birth to the idea of throwing a #BYOBrownies party! Christina (Dessert For Two), Tara (Chip Chip Hooray!), Katrina (In Katrina’s Kitchen) and I will be posting some delicious brownie/bar recipes for your drooling pleasure on Monday, October 1st. There will even be a link-up party so you can join in on the fun by submitting your favorite bar recipes!
I’ve been told my poster presentation went well yesterday. I was dying all day to know how it went, and I am still craving more details but it will have to wait until they return Wednesday night. Ahhhh! But until then…
Chewy granola bars are my absolute favorite. I’ve tried making granola bars in the past, but they never turn out quite as chewy as I would like. Then I cam upon the no-bake granola bar and it changed everything. Especially since this particular recipe includes peanut butter. I even added some mini Reese’s pieces to them instead of mini chocolate chips. Happiness really can come in bar form.