Friday, February 26, 2010

scotch-a-roos: simplicity is divine

What could be sweeter than a delicious and simple recipe? A NO-bake one! As much as I love baking, (and I really love to bake even though baking times and temperatures can stress me out) I love me some simple no-bake sweetnesses that can be made in no time. 

So, what else do I love? Chocolate. And peanut butter. Together. The end.

I got this recipe from one of my favorite blogs: Piece of Cake. It’s totally my style of no-fuss and simple yet scrumptious delights! So here’s a recipe to satisfy those peanut buttery cravings I know many people out there have.

Yields about 16-20 bars


2 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips (Ok so I only had Reese’s peanut butter chips, which I guess doesn’t technically make these scotch-a-roos, so I suppose they were double-peanut-buttery-a-roos…fine by me!)


Start off by lining an 8 x 8 inch baking pan either with parchment paper (leave an overhang for easy removal) or with baking spray.

Place the rice crispy cereal in a medium bowl and prepare the rest of the ingredients. Dissolve the sugar in the corn syrup over medium heat in a small or medium saucepan until the mixture begins to bubble while stirring often.

In a separate saucepan, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips over low heat. You can also melt them in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave, but since I do not own a microwave (oh yes, you read correctly), I simply melted them over the stove top. 

Once the corn syrup mixture has started to boil, remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter to melt it all together. Pour over the rice cereal and mix until evenly incorporated.

Press the cereal down into the prepared pan and evenly pour the chocolate over it. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set but is not too hard in order to cut easily, about 30 minutes.

Cut, eat and enjoy!

And so it begins...

A year of new beginnings! My life has recently changed in many ways and I like to think that there are many more adventures to come. I decided to start this food blog, firstly because I just love food and pretty pictures (though I have MUCH to learn about photography) and secondly because I thought it might be a good way for me to organize my thoughts and baking adventures at the same time.

You see, I just started pastry school about one month ago and am loving it so far! I wasn't sure which direction my life was heading in a couple of months ago and it wasn't until a good friend of mine pointed out my love of baking and suggested that I should attend classes. And so began my desire to become a pastry chef. There is SO much that I want to learn and perfect and it's unbelievable how much I have learned so far. Let me tell you now, I am no chef. I have to practice a lot and work hard to achieve my dreams but I know it'll totally be worth it in the end. This blog is merely a diary of my trials, errors and (hopefully!) successes as a pastry chef in the making. So sit back and enjoy the ride.
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