Category Archives: Dessert

Hide the spoons homemade Snickers recipe in the Thermomix

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So, recently I had a cooking date with a friend where we each pick a handful of previously untried recipes and make them together. One of mine was a homemade Snickers spread. This is/was/will always be to die for!

Thus, I am adding the recipe here. Being Thermo-blessed I developed it for the Thermomix and haven’t as yet had time to convert it back. (sorry!) but with a mixer stick it shouldn’t be to hard.

And here it is:

Need:
Chocolate spread
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tbls cocoa or cacao powder
Salt
1tsp vanilla
125 g dark chocolate (I recommend 70% gold – not cooking chocolate)
150g butter

Peanut butter
200g salted peanuts
2 tbls grape seed oil

Caramel
You can either cheat and use a can of sweeten condensed milk or…

1000 g milk
130g white sugar
130g brown sugar
200g cream
1/2 tsp bi carb

When we made the last batch we used Quirky Cookings coconut-based Dairy Free Dulce De Leche. It’s just what we had on hand with our experiments. If you are a big fan of Bounty Bars on toast skip the peanut butter add desiccated coconut and use this recipe. Just be prepared for some time dedication.

Do:
Chocolate spread
Place sugar in TM bowl. Pulvarise the sugar for 10 sec speed 8.
Add chocolate and blitz 10 sec on speed 8.
Add cocoa/cacao, butter, water and vanilla cook 6 minutes 50’c on speed 3 or until smooth. Place in a bowl to cool and rinse the TM bowl.

Peanut butter
Place nuts into TM bowl and blend for 20 sec on speed 7 until smooth.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add oil and mix for 10 sec on speed 6.
Scrape down the sides and continue to mix for another 10 sec on speed 6.

Caramel
Place all ingredients in the TM bowl and cook for 50 min, on varoma speed 5. Place basket on lid to prevent spitting.

Snickers spread
Carefully layer each ingredient into a jar and place in fridge to cool and set.

It should last up to a month in the fridge.

Its a pretty versatile recipe so you can swap out nuts, add crushed nuts, try white chocolate, or eat separately.

My jar has a label on the top that says “poison”. Anything to deter me from eating it with a spoon!

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Homemade Apple Cider Caramels

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Over at Meanderings Around  I found this great recipe for Apple Cider Caramels that I just had to share! (A Tiny Hippo will help you with this one 😉 )

Behold! These lovely caramels are a hit for anyone who tries them, and they look so cute in a little bowl or a mason jar with a twine bow.

The recipe is easy to follow with no alterations or additions needed, be sure to wear your protective goggles while stirring the bubbling candies. When you select an apple cider for making these little gems don’t buy the cheap stuff. I used apple cider from our local orchard because Wilson’s Apple Orchard makes divine cider, and it is a great place for a family outing, see my Tiny Hippo at the Apple Orchard post.

Once your awesome caramels have cooled its time to turn them into perfect little presents that all your buddies will love!

Alright, remove the caramels from the pan using the parchment paper. While you may be tempted to wrap this huge block up and keep it for yourself willpower must prevail.

Instead of scarfing down the whole block of caramel, divide it into even rectangles or squares using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter

Now for the fun part! Set up a work station for the caramel wrapping extravaganza. You will need the cut caramels, rectangles of wax paper, and a neat surface to roll up the caramel in paper.

Once your lovely caramels have been wrapped up safe and sound, all that is left is for you to take them to all those fancy parties where it is only proper to give a great gift.