Monday, December 12, 2016

7 (I mean 6) Layer Squares

Seven Layer Squares.  One of my favorite recipes, right up there with everything else that has lots of chocolate and sugar.  However the fourth layer is walnuts.  Want to ruin a perfectly good edible treat?  You do?  By all means, just put walnuts in it. So my compromise:

Six Layer Squares

1 stick butter, melted in bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 oz shredded coconut
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 oz butterscotch chips
1 can condensed sweetened milk (you know, the Eagle Brand stuff by Borden)

Layer the graham cracker crumbs over the butter
Layer the next ingredients in order (it's OK to go a bit over on quantities)
Drizzle condensed milk all over the whole thing (this will take a while as it comes out slowly but be patient and drizzle it all evenly)

Bake at 350ยบ  for 25 minutes.  Edges should be just starting to brown a bit.  Cool completely then cut into small squares.

Note: You don't want to overcook this as it gets dry.  The recipe from my mother says 30 minutes but I go 25 and then check for edge browning.

Try not to each more than four while you are cutting them up as you will feel sick to your stomach shortly thereafter due to sugar overload and diabetic shock.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Whole grain bread

My mother gave me her bread machine.  She doesn't use it and it was going to Goodwill unless someone wanted it.  I figured it was worth a try.  For the record I eat, on average, less than two slices a day, usually toast with my breakfast.  I am a "low carb" person but have figured out that morning multi-grain doesn't mess with my system so this is a nice treat.

This recipe was mostly found on line with a few tweaks by me for the bread machine. Just add all the ingredients to the bread machine in order.  Use the setting for a 2 lb loaf (although I haven't tried the smaller setting to see if it would make a difference) and the Grain option.  Comes out a little lumpy looking but delicious.

1 cup hot water
1 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbsp molasses
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/8 cup quinoa
1/8 cup flax seed
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 cup steel cut oats
1/8 cup (long or quick cooking) oatmeal
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Moscow Mule

According to Wikipedia, a drink invented in the United States in 1941 to sell vodka.  Mules were drinks made with ginger beer.  Traditionally served in a copper mug, but this tradition was a marketing gimmick so mine isn't.

Rose's Lime Juice (originally lime juice but I always have Rose's around for making my own sweet and sour)
Ginger Beer
Lime garnish

Pour an ounce of vodka over ice, add a couple tablespoons of lime juice, and fill with ginger beer.  Garnish with the garnish.

It is really good.

PS When drinking any alcohol, don't buy the cheap crap.  Smirnoff's is NOT good vodka.  I am not a big fan of Russian Standard as I think it has a chemical aftertaste.  I find Stolichnaya to be nice and smooth, Wybrova is incredible but there are only two places in the United States where you can get it.