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Peanut Caramel Tart

Get ready to sink your teeth into this purely decadent Peanut Caramel Tart!

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Today I’m taking the simple flavors reminiscent of being at a baseball game; peanuts and caramel, to bring you this amazing tart and a little story about my son’s recent experience on his high school baseball team.

Even though high school baseball ended a few weeks ago, I still wanted to celebrate the season, my son and his team. You see, my son had not played baseball in about 6-8 years. But he had a goal. A goal to make in on the high school JV baseball team. With hard work, perseverance, determination, and the right attitude he was able to get a spot on the team.

He had practice six days a week and games three days a week. He was on a mission! The coaches were encouraging and his teammates were supportive! He felt part of something great– it was such a positive experience for him. And over the course of the season, he progressively got better and was actually put into a few games. He was proud to be part of the team and if someone asked him what his position was he happily answered, “Right bench.” Peanut Caramel Tart } Sweet Baked Life

So, if you want to score a home run, you have got to make this to-dye-for Peanut Carmel Tart.

This fabulous layered treat has a soft and fluffy peanut butter base, topped with gooey sweet caramel, salty peanuts and smothered in chocolate ganache! When you cut these into rectangular pieces they’ll remind you of a delicious candy bar — like Snickers!

Now, this tart does not take much training; it requires no driving (unless you need something from the store), you don’t have to sit for hours outside in the heat or cold waiting for the outcome (you will be in the comfort of your kitchen), there is no coach needed (only you), and you will not experience any frustration from an irritating umpire who makes a wrong call (just add more chocolate).

You’ll just easily whip up this dessert – the peanut butter base comes together in a snap. And what could be easier than add with caramel and sprinkling peanuts? And the ganache, well, that is pretty much just melting chocolate with warmed cream! Yep, it’s simple and the outcome is amazing! Truly a grand-slam in my kitchen!

Peanut Caramel Tart } Sweet Baked Life

PEANUT CARAMEL TART

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3/4 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup salted peanuts
3/4 cup caramel sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Add the brown sugar, butter and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, cream until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until fully combined.

With the mixer on low-speed, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. The mixture will be soft and crumbly. Pour the mixture into a rectangular tart pan and using your fingers, press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides.

Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until golden brown and set in the middle. Cool completely on a wire rack.

When cool, sprinkle the peanuts over the peanut butter base to create an even layer. Then top with the caramel.

To make the ganache: In a small bowl, add the chopped chocolate and set aside. In another small bowl, add the cream and microwave for about 30-60 seconds, until almost boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for a 3-5 minutes, then stir until smooth. .Cool slightly then pour over the tart. Place tart in refrigerator to allow the ganache to set. When ready to eat, remove from refrigerator, slice and serve.

Peanut Caramel Tart } Sweet Baked Life

Get inspired to make this dreamy Peanut Caramel Tart and the fans will be cheering for more!

Sheila

 

{Recipe inspired from Baking A Moment}

 

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Caramel Mudslide Shot

Kick up your heels and enjoy this simply rich and decadent Caramel Mudslide Shot!

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Who would have known that combining your favorite Nestle Coffee Mate creamer with alcohol would make an amazing libation? Well, not me.

You see, while walking through the aisles of my local Raley’s grocery store, I was pursing the shelves to get some inspiration for a new recipe. And while doing so, I wondered by the flavored coffee creamers — I always wanted to try one of these and decided to spruce up my morning coffee with a dab of Nestle’s Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer.

I love caramel and chocolate so the idea of stirring this decadent creamer into my hot coffee made me go just about crazy. The next morning I tried it, and I was hooked.

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The more I thought about the delicious flavor combination of creamy caramel and chocolate the more I imagined the things I could use it for.

Ah, ha…a festive cocktail would be incredible. I shuffled through my liquor cabinet and pulled out my Bailey’s Irish Creme and my favorite vodka.

As I shook up the concoction, I could barely wait until I poured it into my glass. I was delighted with the outcome. The cool, creamy, thick drink was to-dye-for! It’s definitely a sipping drink, one that’s maybe best served after dinner; cozying up with a loved one, or extreme bonding with a good friend! It’s sweet, however the vodka melds the flavors together into in amazing drink!

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Caramel Mudslide Shot

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 shot Bailey’s Irish Creme
1 shot Vodka (good quality)
1 shot Nestle Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer

Instructions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add add ingredients. Shake until well chilled. Strain into small glass & enjoy!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Cheers and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire —
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

Sheila


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Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream {no-churn}

Are you feeling stuck between two seasons? Me too! So get ready to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall by serving up a big bowl of this scrumptious Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream! You’ll be glad you did as it will satisfy your sweet tooth from season to season!

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Yep, it’s that time of year when it’s still hot enough for cool summer meals, but your heart-strings may be pulling you towards warm comfort food! It’s true…before we know it the fall months will be upon us. Can you believe that? Where has the time gone?

The stores are already filled with fall inspired gold and brown themed decorations, bright orange pumpkins and everything to make that perfect Thanksgiving feast!

Really?! I’m still trying to enjoy the last glow of summer and now my mind is filled will all things fall!

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

What’s a girl to do?

Go with the flow I guess! And for me that means celebrating both seasons with one mouth-watering dessert.

Now I’m not one to be burning the oven all hours of the day when it’s still 90 degrees outside and that’s when this recipe came to me. A cool, creamy ice cream surrounded by all of the flavors of fall without having to bake and for that matter you don’t even have to break out your ice cream machine for this easy no-churn ice cream.

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

This warmly cool concoction is super simple to make and even though your heart may still be in the summer, your taste buds will be doing somersaults for more of this traditional apple-cinnamon flavor combination. The soft vanilla base with a hit of cinnamon will instantly give you that sense of warmth, while the sweet apples, gooey caramel and crunchy toffee bits will provide an amazing flavor and texture combination. Just one bite will have you making this ice cream all-year round!

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch IceCream

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream {no-churn}

2 Pink Lady apples (or apple of your choice), pealed, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups heaving whipping cream
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2-4 tablespoons caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 cup Hershey’s Heath Bits’O Brickle Toffee Bits

Place chopped apples, butter, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until apples are tender. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Cool completely. You can also place in the refrigerator to quicken the cooling process.

When the apples are completely cooled, make the ice cream base. In a bowl of an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy whipping cream and beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form.

In a separate large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and stir to combine. Then fold in the whipped cream a little at a time and stir lightly until smooth. Add apple mixture and gently fold in until just combined.

In a loaf pan or ice cream container, add 1/2 of the ice cream. Top with about 1-2 tablespoons of caramel sauce and run your knife through to swirl, then sprinkle with about 1/4 cup of toffee bits, and repeat ending with the toffee bits on the top. Cover with plastic wrap and put in your freezer for about 6 hours, until firm, or overnight.

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Place large scoops of this luscious Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream into bowls, and if you dare, drizzle with a douse more of caramel and an extra sprinkling of toffee bits. Then serve immediately to your hungry family and friends!

Sheila


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Easy Caramel Sauce

Are you craving something sinfully rich, hot and delicious to pour generously over your lonely bowl of ice cream? If so, get ready for this super quick and devilishly good Easy Caramel Sauce. And be warned, it will be gone before you know it – so be sure to make a double batch!

Easy Caramel Sauce

Really, nothing is easier and nothing tastes better than homemade caramel sauce. Yes, I love caramel and can smother it pretty much over any dessert! I was super surprised and delighted to learn how easy this addicting stuff is to make! And believe me, once you make it, you will never buy it at the store again!

This lip-smacking sauce will bring new life to your favorite bowl of ice cream — I especially love to pour mine over smooth vanilla ice cream. I love the texture combination of the cool, creamy frozen ice cream downed in the rich decadent hot sauce. What kind of stuff do you like your caramel sauce on?

Yes, I prefer my caramel heated, what about you? But it does not matter, hot or cold it’s still amazingly good and satisfying.

So with only 5 ingredients and just about 5 minutes you will be able create a sensational caramel sauce that will impress your family and friends alike.

Just gather some butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and salt, and no thermometer needed, you’ll have a hot topping that will make your desserts smile. Ok, and your heart and tummy too!

As this cooks on your stove top your home will be filled with a sweet aroma and once the sauce is done, you’ll be tempted to take a spoonful…but be careful, this caramel sauce will be hot!

Easy Caramel Suace

Easy Caramel Sauce

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of coarse salt

Over medium heat, add the sugar, heavy cream, butter and salt to a medium saucepan. Whisk occasionally while it cooks and becomes thick (about 4 minutes). Slowly stir in the vanilla and let it cook for about 1 more minute. Remove from head and let cool slightly. Pour into a jar. Use immediately or cool completely then store in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, heat in microwave. You can serve at room temperature or warm.

Easy Caramel Sauce

Come on now, give your ice cream some lovin’ with this deliciously Easy Caramel Sauce!
Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Pretty.Simple.Sweet.}