So , one of the best things of finishing up a fight camp? Being able to eat. Like, whatever I want.
Not that I do.
But I could.
Okay. I kinda do. But I try to do it in moderation. And I try to cut off the sillyness after about a week. TRY.
One of the things I did a lot this fight camp to help pass the time, was creep, stalk and drool over food blogs. I did it for hours on end. It was pathetic really.
But on the plus side, I got about 8000 recipes saved to my iPad to try.
Monday, while drinking a nice cool glass of sauvignon blanc wine, (do I sound totally posh? Don’t be fooled.) I made some Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Squares. And holy moly, they were deeeeeelish. Like, gone in two days type delicious. No, I wasn’t eating them alone; I had a hungry partner in crime helping me. Actually, I am pretty sure I only had 2 squares total. He definitely ate the rest.
Tuesday, I put together some Sweet Potato Poppers… which, after eating sweet potatoes a lot this fight camp, I’m surprised I did this at all. But they were also super yummy. Even the left overs (the few that there was) were eaten all up. Um…. Can you say piggys? Yes. Yes we are.
And then Wednesdaaaaay, it was back in the kitchen again to make some Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies. “WHOA. Whaaaaat? Amazing.” Oh, don’t you worry. I know.
I love baking. I just get a weird high from it actually. It’s kinda like shopping when you know you shouldn’t be. It’s a giddy rush. What’s even better? Gifting the food. I love to eat it. And I do. I sample the whole way thru each recipe. (Note that, folks. If I ever give you baked goods, soup or dishes, there is a good chance my fingers were in it at some point, tasting. Sorry. But that’s how I do things.) It’s just fun to gift it to someone and watch them enjoy it, too.
I by no means create these recipes on my own. Hell no. I borrow from other people. Alter if I need to. But I am not claiming to be the creator or some sorta magic baker/chef. I just roll with random cookbooks and blogs. I bug friends, my sisters and my ma. I get ideas from where I can and then I go from there.
I only get to be crazy like this for about a week. After that it’s back to eating proper. And by proper, I mean healthy. Insert sad pouty face here. Any special cooking and baking previledges go down to about one day a week after that. Bye bye sugary sweets.
Anyhooters. It’s post fight. So I’m indulging.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2/3 cups chocolate chips (optional)
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/3 powdered sugar
1 3/4 cups crushed pretzel pieces
6 tablespoons butter, melted
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.
* Combine melted butter and pretzel crumbs in a bowl until moistened. With the back of a spoon, press pretzels into the 8×8 pan making a crust. If pretzels seem loose, drizzle some additional melted butter over top of hit with a quick shot of non-stick spray. (I did both… I drizzled about another 1 tbsp and also blasted a bit of spray. Overkill? Maybe…)
* In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
* With the mixer on medium speed, add in cocoa, flour and salt, mixing until combined – about 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips.
* Using a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray, evenly spread brownies on top of pretzel crust. Set pan on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until brownies are baked through.
* When brownies have about 3 minutes left baking, melt peanut butter (I melted mine in the microwave in 30 second increments then stirring) in a bowl.
* Once melted, stir in 1/3 cup powdered sugar and mix until no lumps remain. Pour over warm brownies and spread evenly. Refrigerate brownies for 1-2 hours, then cut into bars and pig out. Opps I mean, serve modestly.
Hope you enjoy! I know we did. Umm.. half the pan gone in like 12 hours. Seriously… there is something wrong with us…
Sending love, hugs and buttslaps….