Twix Bars

Since I went to the gym this morning, I had alot of time to bake today, so I decided upon something complex. I found a recipe for this a while back, and I have been wanting to try it ever since.

I’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t the prettiest things ever (I have no idea how other people make them look so good). But they do taste really good, they are definitely competition for the real deal.

Song of the Day – Upper West – Nothing We Can Do

Homemade Twix Bars

(Adapted from King Arthur Flour)

Shortbread layer

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

Caramel layer

2 cups caramel candies

3 tablespoons half and half

Chocolate layer

1 cup semi sweet chocolate

1 cup white chocolate

Directions:

1) FOR THE CRUST: Preheat your oven to 300°F. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan lightly with cooking spray (or line with parchment) and set aside.

2) In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour. Mix until well combined.

3) Take the dough (it will be thick) and press evenly into the bottom of the pan.

4) Prick the crust all over with a fork. The holes allow the steam to escape and the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.

5) Bake the crust until the edges are golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen the crust. Set aside to cool completely.

6) FOR THE CARAMEL LAYER: Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan – this takes about 10 minutes. Spread the caramel evenly over the cooled crust and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and firm up.

7) FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER: After the caramel layer has chilled, cut down the length of the pan, splitting the bars into two long, narrow bars (see notes below). Then cut the bar horizontally, creating 24 bars. Melt chocolates; using two utensils, dip the chilled bars into melted chocolate and place on wax paper to set.

All the best,

Mish

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Cake Pops

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.

I was in a complicated baking mood. So as I was going through my giant folder of recipes and happened upon chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. Instead of that since I wasn’t in the mood to make cookie dough, I made cake pops.

Cake pops are interesting. It’s cake and icing all in one, it’s surprisingly tasty. I mean I wouldn’t think that cake mushed with icing would taste good; when you describe it, it just sounds kinda nasty. But have no fear, they’re really good.

Song of the Day – Tayyib Ali – Ride With Us

Double-Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

In a medium bowl, mix together salt, baking powder and flour. Stir to combine then set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl, then add in egg. Add vanilla extract and the seeds of half a vanilla bean. Beat until well combined.

Alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the butter/sugar mixture. Start with flour, end with flour.

If you’re adding food coloring to your batter, evenly separate the batter into as many bowls as you need- one for each color. Add food color to the desired color and mix well. Repeat until all the colors are well mixed.

Spoon or pipe your batter into the muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes for regular cupcakes and about 15 minutes for mini cupcakes.

Makes 10 cupcakes.

Vanilla Icing

1/2 cup butter

2 cups icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1. Mix butter with sugar

2. Add in milk and vanilla

Crumble the cake in a bowl

Add icing and mix

Roll into balls, and dip sticks in chocolate then stick into balls.

All the best,

Mish

Cake Batter Blondies

So my baking has actually become pretty popular throughout my school. The cookie dough cupcakes went so fast, it was insane. I actually have a list of people that I am bringing these blondies for.

These blondies are AMAZING, while I don’t normally use box cakes these definitely need it. It is on the sweet side so I would suggest only having a little bit at a time, even though you will want more.

For song of the day I picked a song that one of my good friends showed me. It’s a really fast upbeat song, that I listen to often.

Anarbor – Going to Jail

 Cake Batter Blondies
 
1 yellow box cake mix
1/4 cups canola oil
1 egg
1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sprinkles
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine cake mix, oil, egg
  3. Add the milk slowly, starting with 1/4 cup add up to 1/2 cup, the cake batter should be as dense as possible
  4. Mix in sprinkles and chocolate chips
  5. Pour in a pan, sprinkle extra sprinkles on top.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes

All the best,

Mish