Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds

Recipes, devotional thoughts, and other cool things I come across.

Cheesy, Chewy, and Gooey November 12, 2013

Today’s recipes focus on being delicious and easy.  They’re just some of the goodies that I’ve had recently but haven’t been able to blog about yet.

Though it’s neither cheesy, chewy, or gooey, I do have something else to tell you about first.  Orange Leaf has brought back some of their winter-y flavors and introduced a new one.  The returning flavors are peppermint and chocolate mint; the new addition is white chocolate mint.  Personally, they all sound good to me, though I might wait til our weather feels a little more like winter before I try them.

Let’s start the recipes with a really tasty mac and cheese.  Though it’s not really breaking new ground, it’s well put together, and the sauce has a lot of flavor.  Oh, and I’m sorry that I don’t have a picture of it.  Somehow this one got away from me.  I guess that means you’ll have to try it yourself to find out how delicious it is!

Broccoli and Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese (from the Rachael Ray show)

1 lb. whole wheat penne

1 head broccoli, cut in florets

4 tbsp. butter

2 cloves finely chopped garlic

3 tbsp. flour

1/2 c. chicken stock

2 c. milk

2 1/2 c. shredded cheddar

1. Preheat the broiler.  Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook the penne til al dente, about 10-12 minutes.  When the pasta has cooked for a couple of minutes, add the broccoli to the pot.  Let them cook together for the last 8 minutes.

2. In a saucepot, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Then whisk in the stock and milk.  Let the sauce thicken, then stir in 2 c. of the cheese; season the sauce with salt and pepper.

3. Drain the pasta and broccoli and toss them with the sauce.  Place the pasta mixture in a large casserole dish and top it with the remaining 1/2 c. of cheddar.  Place under the broiler til brown and bubbly.

Broccoli and Cheddar Mac 'n' CheeseBroccoli and Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese 3

Our next entry for today are some scrumptious peanut butter brownies.  They have a chewy peanut butter base (with an almost fudge-like consistency) and are topped with a delicious (dare I say, gooey) peanut butter glaze.  These were really easy to make and didn’t last long at our house (always a good sign!).

Peanut Butter Brownies (Unknown origin – let me know if you recognize it.)

For the brownies:

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. peanut butter

6 tbsp. softened butter

2/3 c. sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

For the glaze:

1 1/2 c. sugar

7 tbsp. milk

2 tbsp. shortening

2 tbsp. butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. peanut butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch square pan.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt (1/4 tsp.).  In a large bowl, beat together the peanut butter (1/2 c.), butter (6 tbsp.), and sugar (2/3 c.) til light and fluffy.

2. To the peanut butter mixture, add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well.  Add the flour mix and mix til well combined; spread the batter in the pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or til a toothpick inserted in the center removes cleanly.

3. To make the glaze, combine the sugar (1 1/2 c.), milk, shortening, butter (2 tbsp.), and salt (1/4 tsp.) in a saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Once it comes to a boil, let it boil for 1-2 minutes without stirring.  Then remove it from the heat and add the vanilla and peanut butter.  Beat the glaze til smooth and spread it on the brownies.

Peanut Butter Brownies IIPeanut Butter Brownies II 2

And the last delicious recipe is for a slice and bake cookie that tastes like a chocolate-dipped macaroon (but looks a lot prettier).  This recipe makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies, so there are plenty to share.  I made these to send to several of our church’s college students, but there were still some left for me to taste-test.  🙂  These do need some rest time, so be sure you start them well in advance of when you plan to eat them.

Chewy Coconut-Chocolate Pinwheels (from Martha Stewart)

9 tbsp. softened butter

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. cake flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. unsweetened, desiccated coconut

6 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate

1/3 c. sweetened, condensed milk

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together 8 tbsp. of butter and the sugar on medium til fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat til combined.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add the flour mix to the butter mix and beat on low til combined.  Add the coconut and beat til combined.  Between 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll out the dough into a 10 1/2 by 15 1/2 inch rectangle that’s 1/4 inch thick.  Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and place it in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

3. Place the chocolate and 1 tbsp. of butter on top of a double boiler.  Cook them for 2 minutes until they’re completely melted, then remove them from the heat and stir in the milk.  Let stand til slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

4. Remove the dough from the fridge and peel off the top piece of parchment.  Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate mix over the dough.  Use the bottom piece of parchment to help roll the dough into a log shape.  Wrap the log in parchment and chill overnight.

5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.  Remove the parchment from the log and cut it into 1/4 inch thick rounds.  Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.  Bake til light golden brown around the edges, 8-10 minutes, rotating halfway through.  Cool them on a wire rack.

Chewy Coconut-Chocolate PinwheelsChewy Coconut-Chocolate Pinwheels 2

Honestly, when I think of cheesy, chewy, and gooey those are what come to mind: mac and cheese, peanut butter, chocolate, and coconut.  What are your favorites in the cheesy, chewy, and gooey categories?


2 Responses to “Cheesy, Chewy, and Gooey”

  1. Raye Says:

    Cheese ball, chocolate chip cookies and caramel!!!!!!!!!

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