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Monday, December 21, 2009

A Couple Of Treats




The tail end of last week was busier than anticipated, so Friday and Saturday meals were pretty slap dash. Had some scratch pancakes one night(with bacon!), and the other night was a bean dip deluxe (ground beef, refried beans, cheese, salsa, chopped onions, and chopped peppers). It's thick, and filling on some good quality tortilla chips. We have a tortilla chip factory in town, and the brand name is El Matador. Always fresh and sturdy, they are perfect for dipping the heavy duty stuff!
I had to make dessert for a family get together at my sister's new house...We had all decided I would attempt to make an heirloom dessert we had 40 years ago every Christmas- Sailor Duff! I had my grandmother's recipe which read like a witch's potion- pinch of this, handful of that, etc. I Googled it, and indeed there were similar(but better measured!) recipes. It is similar to Boston brown bread..It's rich, moist, steamed, with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and raisins in it. I used a bundt pan which sat in a water bath and steam baked at 350 for 90 minutes. It is topped with a simple sauce of water, white sugar, butter, and corn starch for a thickener, all simmered until thick- with a splash(now I'm doing it!) of vanilla extract stirred in after cooling. The cake can be cool or room temp., the sauce warmed and drizzled over it- topped with cold whipped cream.
This stuff is RICH- cut small pieces!
For the kids, I brought a quick, no fail treat similar to rice crispie squares
1. 1 cup of white sugar
2. 1 cup white Karo syrup
3. 1 cup peanut butter
Mix and heat through until liquid, but not boiling
4. Stir in 7 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats breakfast cereal until mixed
5. Spread in buttered 9 x 13 pan, compress with a sheet of waxed paper until uniform height
6. Melt a 1/2 bag of semi- chocolate chips with 1/4 stick of butter, until speadable
7. Spread top of filled pan until covered, refrigerate until cooled.
Those will disappear quickly, as kids and adults enjoy them..
I'm sure we are all ramping up for the big week- so keep your cool, and try to enjoy!
I apologize for the blurry photos, the camera setting got bumped, and made the blow-up photos blurry.. Remember, kids- I paint with a very broad brush!

34 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

wow, that sounds terrific, and very rich. that corn syrup will send this over the top for sweetness. Tough time of year for my growing ass... I want to make and eat everything

Akelamalu said...

Sounds like something I would like Buff! :)

buffalodick said...

Griller- Adult taste buds would enjoy- kids, not so much..
Ake- It is English or Scottish in origin- that I know..

TavoLini said...

Hey! We make those too, except we use rice krispies :)

Merry Christmas to the Buffalo family!

Katherine Aucoin said...

You continue to impress me! The Sailor Duff does sound rich, I am impressed with your ingenuity and patience and I am impressed with your thoughtfulness of making such a sweet, healthy treat for the kiddos!

Merry Christmas Buff!

Chef E said...

Great, I love it all, and wish we had a chip factory here, because I would stock the pantry with them!

Glad the steamed cake turned out good!

Martha@Menagerie said...

Everything sounds great! Sailor Duff - never heard of it but it sure sounds good! Glad it was a success :-)

Rachel said...

I am soooo making the treats with the honey bunchs of oats! What a great idea!

Rachel said...

and p.s. i will send you my address so you can mail me the bread!

Marjie said...

I would've been the odd kid wanting the Sailors Duff. Merry Christmas, Buff!

buffalodick said...

Tavolini- Where recipe originated from, but we tried other cereals to great success...
Katherine- I would have put super glue in the kid treat, if it would have given us a moment's peace! Pandemonium reigned!
Chef- Would use smaller pan, and back off on the sugar next time!
Martha- Old English treat, that made it to America- probably been made for well over 100 years..
Rachel- Kids will love the treats- the other dessert was more tradition than anything else!
Margie- I need to work on that recipe a bit- really rich!

Brian Miller said...

the mix of flavors sounds wonderful...may have to give that a try. tortilla chips fresh...nice. wish we had something like that nearby.

buffalodick said...

Brian- These chips are the best! they make them for mostly restaurants, but big grocery stores have them too-- white or yellow, triangle or round, always thick and fresh!

UBERMOUTH said...

I love your bean recipe. I must try it.Thanks.
Merry Christmas,Buffy.

Jeff B said...

Sounds tasty as is usually the case here. I'm on the road to the wife's family this year. so my cooking is on hold for the next week.

otin said...

The sweet stuff sounds good to me!!!

buffalodick said...

Uber- It is a simple thing, that works- try it!
Jeff- Enjoy, and let somebody else bust their butt!
otin- It's good, but rich!

Chris said...

Seriously, is there anything better on cold, dark night than pancakes (or waffles or french toast) and bacon for dinner? I think NOT!

Just telling it like it is said...

Don't you love it when they give you their recipes and it is not precise!! Merry Christmas

Mr. Condescending said...

somehow I have a bottle of that karo syrup in my cupboard, I always wondered what the heck it was used for.

Ily said...

I'd never heard of Sailor Duff or Boston Brown Bread, but you know I'll google it (and ask my Bostonian husband about it). Why do you make everything sounds (and look) so damned good??

buffalodick said...

Chris- Exactly!
Darngirl- It was an adventure, but came out OK..
Mr. C- That treat is literally the only thing I use it in!
Ily- I wish the photo was better!

G-Man said...

All recipe's are now up for Google Buff...Modern Technology!

buffalodick said...

G-man- I've found most of them to be people who wrote them, but never made them!

Jen said...

That bean dip sounds almost like 7layer dip. Reading about all this food is making me hungry.

buffalodick said...

Jen- It's a meal in a bowl, hot and spicy! Good dipping chips- and it's gone!

JihadGene said...

Love some good chips and homemade salsa!

otin said...

You know that you always kill me with the chips!!

Just telling it like it is said...

Adventures are what life is all about!!

buffalodick said...

Gene- This is thicker and more hardy!
otin- Snack/meals- hard to beat!
Darngirl- That is right as rain!

Odat said...

Just popping in to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas! Have a merry! Can you come and cook for me???? :-)

Peace

buffalodick said...

Odat- I'd love to! Happy Holidays!

pinknest said...

Your bean dip sounds perfect. I know El Matador chips!

highlandsranchfoodie said...

Yes indeed - Rich! I've never heard of the recipe and how fun to make heirloom recipes.