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day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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Project: day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): Pretzels: 2 (thanks to my mom and Aunt Cindy for helping me with this, it went really fast!). Place cards: 1
• Would I do it again? yes, they were a huge hit, and the caramel recipe is to die for. I will definitely be making these again.
• What I would do differently: change it up each holiday! Do red and green for Christmas, pink and white for valentines, orange and black for halloween, you name it! The mix of sweet and salty is too good to miss 🙂
• Items used:

Zebra Caramel Pretzels from: http://pattycakesbakery.blogspot.com/2010/10/minnie-mouse-birthday-party.html

First take some of the homemade caramel, roll it out into ropes, and wrap it around your pretzels (I like the Snyders of Hanover pretzels).

Next, dip in white chocolate and allow to dry. In the meantime, melt some black chocolate melts (we could only find chocolate since it wasn’t Halloween time) and put in a ziplock bag. Snip a tiny portion of the corner, and drizzle over your pretzels to make look like zebra stripes.

Homemade Caramel Recipe:

This is a recipe adapted from the Licorice Caramel Recipe found in Candymaking by Kendrick and Atkinson
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Butter a 9-inch square pan and set aside. In a large saucepan combine the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, butter, sugar, and salt. Plac over medium heat ad stir until well combined.
Clip on candy thermometer, and cook, stirring constantly to a firm ball stage (242F if at sea level, 232F in Salt Lake/Provo area, and 237F in Las Vegas area–if you live somewhere else you’ll have to do the boiling water test to find out the difference between the boiling temperature at your location vs. sea level to adjust). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into pan and allow to stand at room temp over night.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 31: baking away/ New Year’s 2012 chocolate dipped strawberries, with or without kiddos!

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MY TAKE:

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FROM PINTEREST (a combination of the two below):

Source: kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com via Karie on Pinterest

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  • Project: day 31: baking away/ New Year‘s 2012 chocolate dipped strawberries, with or without kiddos!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
  • Would I do it again? yes, it tastes so good, you definitely cannot stop at one!
  • What I would do differently: according to the recipe it said to use semi-sweet, which we did, but unfortunately the white chocolate was the only one that set up and drizzled well, not sure why! Bigger strawberries would have been better as well, but hey, they still tasted really good 😉
  • Items used: Food Network Chocolate Covered Strawberry, 5-star recipe
  • Ingredients
    • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
    • 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well

    Directions

    Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heat-proof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

    Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

    Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂