Saturday, March 21, 2015

Simply Homemade Fudge Oatmeal Bars

Simply Homemade Fudge Oatmeal Bars
I was on a freezer food roll last week and after making several pans of veggie lasagna roll-ups and french bread, I decided I needed to make something sweet for my family. I'm pretty sure they have some kind of alert system when they know I am baking because suddenly I have many guests! This a perfect little recipe for an occasional treat when you want rich, chocolate and absolutely deliciousness! They only take a few minutes to put together and they will disappear quickly. I cut mine in small squares for 16-20 servings.
Ingredients for Batter:
1/2 c melted butter, cooled to room temperature
1 egg, whisked
1 c brown sugar, packed
1 T vanilla extract
1 1/2 c rolled oats (not quick-cooked)
1 c flour
pinch salt
Ingredients for Fudge Filling
1 c chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Use an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan lined with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk the butter, egg and vanilla together then add the brown sugar. I use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir. Don't use a mixer or you will over mix the batter (and this would not be a good thing). Add the oats, flour and salt and mix until everything is combined. Press about 3/4 of the batter into the baking pan. Melt the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together. If you use the microwave, it'll only take about 1 minute. (I melted mine in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water on the stove. I only do this because I have had many unfortunate incidents with my chips overheating in the microwave and turning into chocolate crumbles). Stir the chips and milk together after melting and pour the mixture over the dough in the pan. (This filling is similar to my fudge recipe so a little tip here that you will need to move fast and don't over stir or your fudge filling will start to set before you pour it over the dough). Using the rest of the oatmeal batter, drop it in small pieces over the top of the fudge mixture. You can press it together over the top if you want. You have some spaces on the top and that's fine. The dough will be very sticky. It should look similar to this once you have the top layer over the fudge.
Simply Homemade fudge oatmeal bars ready for the oven!

Bake 25-30 minutes in a preheated 350F oven. When they are done the top should be set (not too shiny) and a light tan color. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. You may add some chocolate chips on the top at this point. Cool at least an hour before you start cut the bars into squares. Enjoy and be blessed!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Simply A DIY St Patrick's Day Wreath

Simply Homemade DIY St Patrick's Day Wreath
If you're a little short on time but you want a new festive St Patrick's Day wreath to hang on your front door, try this simple DIY wreath. Follow the instructions from one of our previous posts for the DIY coffee filter wreath Simply DIY Coffee Filter Wreath and add your own touches for the green shamrocks. I hot glued some sparkly shamrocks for a sweet little St Patrick's Day wreath. Add your own touches or apply some green watercolor paint and using a paint brush just brush quickly over the edges of your wreath for a little extra green! Happy St Patrick's Day!
Be blessed!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Simply Homemade Lemon Loaf Cake

Simply Homemade Lemon Cake
This is one of our favorite lemon cake recipes. It is simply lemony, moist and amazing! I had several fresh lemons from some of my recent Bountiful Baskets contributions so I immediately thought of this recipe. Even the non-lemon lovers love it!
Ingredients:
3 eggs
3 tsp lemon zest (about 2 large lemons)
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c plain yogurt
1 c sugar
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c canola oil
  1. Mix the eggs, lemon zest and juice, yogurt and vanilla extract with a whisk.
  2. I use a wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients.
  3. Add the oil last and fold it into the other ingredients.
  4. Grease the sides of a 9x5 loaf pan. I love parchment paper so I use that to line the bottom of the pan.
  5. Bake in a 350F oven for 50 minutes (depending on your oven). I stick a toothpick in the middle to check if it's done. If the toothpick comes out clean, it's done.
  6. When it's done, I place the pan on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes, then remove the cake and place it on the cooling rack.
  7. Pour lemon glaze over the top. Stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. It should be fairly thin so you can drizzle it over the top and some will even soak into the cake.
  8. I sliced mine into 20 thin slices. Of course thicker slices are the best according to the taste testers!
Enjoy and be blessed!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It