1.28.2014

Project Pinterest Board


In 2009 I watched the movie Julie and Julia and became slightly obsessed with the idea of cooking through a cook book. I have looked for years for the perfect cook book, but really never found one. Finally it came to me, Pinterest is essentially our own personalized cook book. So, I am cooking though my Pinterest "To Eat His Own" board. 

I'm just gonna put it out here... Recipe posts can get kindaaaaa boring. To combat the just reposting someone else's recipe thing I, as well as the other people who consume the dish are going to be rating the recipe and giving their honest opinion. So to kick off this little project I picked Bake or Break's Salted Nut Squares.

Salted Nut Squares


Ingredients
  • 3 cups salted peanuts (no skins), divided
  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • kosher salt or sea salt, optional
Instructions
Place 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts in the bottom of an ungreased 11″x 7″ pan.
Melt butter and peanut butter chips in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth.
Remove from heat. Stir in condensed milk and marshmallows. Continue stirring until smooth and well-blended.
Pour peanut butter mixture over peanuts in pan. Sprinkle remaining 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts over top of peanut butter mixture. If saltier bars are desired, sprinkle lightly with salt.
Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Then, cut into bars. Bars can be served chilled or at room temperature.
Notes
These can be made in a 9″x 13″ pan. Use another cup of peanuts, divided between the bottom of the pan and the top of the bars. The same amount of filling will work and give you slightly thinner bars.

Taste Testers
Reese: Meg's Boyfriend 
Beau: Reese's roommate
Amber: Blogger @ Halbrook Hub
Andrew: Amber's husband and Reese's Fraternity Brother 

Ratings (1-5)
Reese: 3.76
Reese said "they could have been saltier".
Beau: 5 on taste 4 on ease of eating 
Beau liked the taste but the "could be easier to eat".
Amber: 3.5 
Amber felt like the bar "needed another element".
Andrew: 3.5
Andrew agreed with Amber and then Amber accused Andrew of "stealing her comment", ah marriage.  

My Take 
Rating: 4.5 
There was roughly 24 hours between Reese and Beau trying the squares and Amber and Andrew. That 24 hours made a HUGE difference in the texture of the bars. The recipe calls for the bars to "refrigerate until chilled", but I would recommend the bars be refrigerated overnight for optimal texture. Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips or butterscotch chips would be a welcome addition to the peanut topping if you are looking to bump up the sweetness! 


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6 comments:

Ashley Robyn said...

I just love this idea and love you! You are a good woman to let people rate your foods. hehe I'm going to have to remember to come here and read through some of these to try out on Michael. Enjoy your "snow day" hehe

Becky M said...

I love this idea!!! I may have to make a version of my own! A great way to use all the recipes!

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Sarah said...

Love this idea!!

Makeover With Aspen said...

YUMMMM! These look delicious and I love the idea of this post! Can't wait to see more :)


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Lauren said...

I hate recipe posts but go you on doing something different with them! I have contemplated trying to cook my way through a cookbook to teach myself to cook and blog about it but eh, I am too lazy! Also if I learn how to cook my husband will expect me to do it and who wants that?

Amber said...

I LOVE this idea. And the recipe, too. Sounds yummy. I love posting recipes, but I definitely do it the boring way, haha.