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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Rocky Road Fudge

Get ready to sink your teeth into sweet squares of Rocky Road Fudge!

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Why do so many people like Rocky Road Fudge? Simply put, it’s darn good! And it’s probably because of the amazing combination of chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts!

My husband is one of those people who LOVES Rocky Road Fudge. It really is his all-time top candy to eat! His favorite place to get this treat is from See’s Candies. In his honest opinion, See’s makes the best candy. Ever. Period. End of discussion. I have to admit, I also like this traditional candy shop. I have been a fan of their confections ever since I was a little girl. I adore the sweet smell of chocolate and of course, the free samples with every visit!

Now it seems, every time my hubby is craving something sweet, he will ask, “Are you going to See’s? And if so, bring me back some Rocky Road Fudge.” And about 99% of the time, it’s a, “nope” from me! That’s because I don’t really like going to the mall — that’s where the closest See’s store is located, and I would rather make the candy than buy it! Go figure!

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And, let me tell you, this recipe is so easy — it only takes 4 ingredients and does not require baking!

Once ready to eat you will be delighted by the texture of smooth, rich chocolate engulfed with fluffy marshmallows and crunchy walnuts. I added lots of marshmallows and walnuts — just the way the hubs likes it!

Be warned, a little piece goes a long way. And, if you have a family who likes sweets (like mine), you may just want to make a double batch! It’s also great for snacking on in the middle of the night to satisfy that sweet craving! It’s also a great gift to share with someone special — that is if you can make it and get it out of the house without letting your family know what you’re up to!

The boys loved this stuff! Winner! I’m already thinking about making more!

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Rocky Road Fudge

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (12 oz) milk chocolate chips
4 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups walnut pieces

Instructions:

First, prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan with a coating of non-stick spray. Then line with parchment paper, and repeat with the spray and set aside.

Into a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir and microwave for about 30 second intervals until chips are melted. Be sure to take care in melting as not to scorch the chocolate. Stir to ensure chips are melted and smooth.

Add the marshmallows and walnuts, then fold until incorporated. Pour into your prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Sprinkle a handful of mini marshmallows on top and gently press down. Place in the refrigerator until set, or overnight. Then remove from pan, slice into small squares.

Note, my husband likes a lot of marshmallows and walnuts, you can use less if you prefer. Also, no need to chop the walnuts, when you slice the candy the nuts will be sliced.

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Surprise your family or friends today and whip up a batch of this rich Rocky Road Fudge!

Sheila


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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

Surprise your family, friends and guests alike with this amazingly easy Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake!

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, June was a busy month for our family.

With that being said, one celebration I attended was my nephew’s college graduation lunch. So proud of him, by the way!

I happened to sit next to two sweet ladies, my ex-sister-in-law’s mother and her mother-in-law. Ok, I know this may be confusing, but just hang in there with me. You see, when our family gets together for special occasions, everyone attends; new family members and old ones alike, and we all get along famously!

Anyway, this is really all about the cake!

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You see, during the lunch, the subject of baking came about, and for some reason (giggle) my blog came up.

These ladies were most impressed with what I was doing and wanted to know all about the yummy things I make and post.

Me, not being shy about my passion, immediately started chatting about this sweet thing and that sinfully sweet thing.

Tummies were growling and mouths were watering! Even though we were eating lunch — no one could resist dreaming of mouth-watering desserts!

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Then, lo and behold, one of the ladies, (my ex-sister-in-law’s mother-in-law; yeah, I know), chimed in that she had the best and simplest chocolate cake recipe ever. And she wanted to know if I wanted to hear the recipe.

Well, YES!

She told me, “Just take a package of chocolate pudding, make it according to the instructions, then add it to your favorite boxed cake mix, and mix the two together. Do not add anything else. Pour it into a baking pan, sprinkle it with chocolate chips, toss it in the oven, and you will have the best chocolate cake ever.”

Of course, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. And that I did. But per usual, I put my own spin on this sweet treat by adding toffee bits! The outcome was a moist delicious cake — she was right, it was fabulous!

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 3.4 oz. package chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Toffee Bits

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add pudding mix and milk and whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the chocolate cake mix and stir with a spoon until fully incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate chips then the toffee bits. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the middle comes out clean.

Cool slightly on a wire rack, then cut into squares and serve.

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Who would ever think that by adding prepared pudding to a boxed cake mix would turn into a scrumptious Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake? It’s a must try, you won’t believe how good it is!

Sending a big hug and kiss to Lisa’s mother-in-law, Dorothy — thanks for the recipe! And a super big congratulations again to my nephew, Sam! Let them eat cake!!!

xxoo

Sheila