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Snickery Squares ~ Tuesdays With Dorie
Gosh! It seems like Tuesday comes around faster and faster every week! Like every 4 days or so. And Tuesdays With Dorie always means something good to bake and eat! Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking: From My Home To Yours has been a popular book here and with the other 235 bakers. When I joined, I was number 76. Now I've been bumped up to 50! What does all that mean you wonder? People come and go. It's a weekly thing, I knew that when I joined, but sometimes things happen in a persons life to slow them down or change focus. They have a baby, start a new job, have too much company, or in my case, they move to a different boat and the oven doesn't work! For whatever reason they have to drop out and that's why I'm #50!
Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream?
Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity chose Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream on page 434. Yes, I know what you're thinking. These pictures don't look like Blueberry Ice Cream! I have a boatload of excuses why. Don't I always? Thing is, I don't have an ice cream maker and even if I did, my sailboat doesn't have a freezer per se. It does, but it's only big enough to hold a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Ice Cream and nothing else. And even at that, it runs on 12 volts and doesn't really stay frozen. So, with that in mind, I was allowed to choose something from the archives, something I haven't made prior to joining. I picked Dorie's Snickery Squares from page 220. You can still get the recipe from Erin at Dinner & Dessert.
Snickery Squares ~ Just like Snickers Bars?
Dorie says these little gems are just like Snickers Bars. While the taste is very similar, I would have to disagree on texture. These were awesome, but very messy and sticky to eat! I can't imagine what everyone else's little kids looked like after eating these with their hands. John had a mess in his bowl. Yes, he had to eat it with a spoon, because it was that gooey!
Sweet Shortbread Crust & Dulce de Leche
The shortbread crust was easy, but again, what's up with the butter? This recipe had a stick of butter in the crust alone, and another half stick in the chocolate topping! It made all the difference though as it was VERY buttery! The Dulce de Leche would have been a nice touch, but since I couldn't see myself driving all over Rhode Island to find it, I used a nice caramel topping instead. That may be why they turned out so gooey. Who knows these things?
The Snickery Squares recipe calls for salted peanuts. I didn't have peanuts, but I did have a tin of salted cashews, and they're way better in my book! I boiled the water and sugar until it reached 300 degrees and added the cashews and stirred until it was a golden brown. Turned them out onto a piece of parchment paper and let them cool until I could break the cashew brittle apart.
I knew I should have listened to my gut here! I made Chocolate Ganache the day before for the Funky Chunky Monkey Dessert Pizza I made, and I still had a nice pot of it left over. I went with Dorie's recipe instead, saying to myself all the while, "This is never gonna work, this is never gonna work." But I wanted to stay as true to the recipe as possible. BIG FAT mistake! Another 1/2 stick of butter with all this expensive chocolate made it rock hard when it came out of the fridge. It was hard to cut into and splintered when I did it. Taking pictures at this point was a nightmare! I should have used the chocolate ganache like I wanted to. At least it would have come out easier to cut. Oh well, live and learn!
Things I Would Have Done Different?
- I would have used half the nuts. There were way too many and it made the bars hard to cut. It also made it way too salty. Salty is good in this recipe, but it was a little too much.
- Used my own chocolate ganache instead of Dorie's butter laden chocolate topping.
- Buy a really good brand of Dulce de Leche.
As far as the Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream goes? I don't see myself making it anytime in the future as I probably won't be getting an ice cream maker as long as we live on the boat. BUT, you can go over to the Tuesdays With Dorie site and take a look through their blogroll. I'm very sure there's a heap of blue balls of ice cream flooding the web today!
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