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A Family Classic: Butterscotch Squares

When you say “butterscotch“, I usually say “ew!”. I hate the flavour of butterscotch. I used to give my mom such a hard time because whenever Chipits were on sale, she would always stock up on the butterscotch chips instead of the chocolate ones. I hated that. I would scrounge the cupboards for chocolate chips and all I would find were bags and bags of disgusting butterscotch ones.

Although I always have (and probably always will) hated butterscotch, there is one recipe that I just can’t get enough of. The reason I even bothered mentioning my hate for butterscotch is so that you can take my word for it when I say that this recipe is truly delicious–butterscotch and all! My grandma used to make this recipe all the time, and as a result, my mom does too. Anytime squares or cookies are needed for any event, she is quick to volunteer (well, volunteer me or my sister) to make these guys.

The squares have a slightly crunchy bottom (it’s baked on it’s own first) and a gooey, sweet top. They contain coconut (honestly…what can taste bad when coconut is involved?) and of course butterscotch chips. They leave your fingers sticky but I’m not complaining–perfect for saving for later. Kidding (but not really).

In order to make these delicious treats, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Blend together the butter, powdered sugar, and flour. Pat down into a well greased 8″x8″ baking pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. While the crust is baking, mix together the condensed milk, butterscotch chips, coconut, and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the baked crust and return the pan to the oven for an additional 20-25 minutes. The squares will be done when they are golden brown and the middle appears to be set. This may require the edges to be quite browned. Remove from the oven and cool. Using a sharp knife, cut around the edges of the pan. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Now isn’t that easy? To serve them, my mom usually cuts off the crunchy browned edges (although these are the best to snack on) and serves only the gooey parts. These truly are delicious and I encourage you to try them. But be warned that once you taste one, there’s no going back! I hope your Monday is a little more bearable with some sweet treats in sight…even if they do involve butterscotch! Thanks for reading and let me know if you try them and like them (or try them and don’t). Either way, I’d love to hear from you!
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Bake Night Bliss: holy baby cakes!

Tonight, my sister and I embarked on a slightly unexpected adventure. Tomorrow we are hosting a get-together at our house so we decided that we were going to bake a few treats. Our parents went out for the night, so it was just the two of us. What began as a couple treats turned into a huge explosion of baked goods and chocolate all over the kitchen! I’m pretty sure that every single thing we made either contained chocolate, got dipped in chocolate, or was drizzled with chocolate. Not complaining.

At first, I intended on making Raspberry Macaroons (which are absolutely deliciously-to-die-for, by the way) and my sister intended on making some Butterscotch Squares (a family classic). Those two recipes didn’t take long and we had them whipped up in no time. Then, for some reason, I suggested that we should take on some cake balls. My sister has an awesome little machine called a Baby Cake that makes adorable little balls of cake in a breeze. So we decided to pull it out!

But then we realized that we needed to decorate the balls. I began to melt some chocolate but much to my dismay, it got way too thick and was useless. My quick problem solving skills suggested adding a can of sweetened condensed milk to turn the (what would have been) wasted chocolate into fudge. Note that we now have four desserts instead of the initial two.

My sister found a few lolly sticks so we decided to make a dozen cake pops instead of just plain cake balls. These made me pretty angry but we’re hoping they taste great. They got a bit messy (as I’m sure you can tell), beginning the crazy mess that became our kitchen. With the cake pops, we now had five different desserts instead of the intended two.

After all the cake balls and pops were covered in their chocolate coating, we had quite a bit melted chocolate left over. I suggested that we dip some of the fresh blackberries we just got at the store in it. But we found something better in the fridge–strawberries! So of course we had to dip them as well. Now we had Butterscotch Squares, Raspberry Macaroons, Chocolate Fudge, Cake Balls, Cake Pops, Chocolate-Covered Blackberries, and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. You heard it right…seven desserts instead of the initial two!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m complaining. I just think it is a wonderful example of what results when my sister and I get together with some delicious treats in mind and some Jukebox Oldies playing in the background. We had such a blast preparing the treats for tomorrow’s party and can’t wait to serve them up to our friends and family. We hope they enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Our parents haven’t made it home yet. My mom is probably going to be pretty shocked and will most likely say “What are we going to do with all these treats!?”. As for my dad, well, he’s the answer to my mom’s question. He will be in treat heaven (and will surely “taste-test” for us). Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… It may seem that I am on a bit of a muffin-craze of late but the truth is that I’m actually on a blog-about-your-muffins-craze instead. I actually bake muffins quite often. They’re easy, quick, and make fantastic snacks. But even better than that, muffins are the perfect comfort food. Things around my house have been pretty chaotic lately, but luckily, muffins make the day a little more enjoyable.

Apple and cinnamon is a classic combination. Although these flavours are usually associated with those breezy fall days, I think that they can be enjoyed year round. The incredible aroma in the house as they bake is bound to bring a smile to your face. This recipe is fantastic because not only does it involve apples and cinnamon, but also includes a little bit of pear and toffee bits. These scrumptious add-ins bring perfect bursts of flavour–sweet and fruity.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup of margarine or softened butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 pear, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Additional cinnamon-sugar (mix a little bit of sugar and a little bit of cinnamon)
PROCESS
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream together the margarine (or butter), sugar, and egg until smooth. Add the sour cream, salt, apples, pear, and toffee bits, mixing well. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix only until moistened. Spoon the batter into paper-lined muffin pans and sprinkle each cup with additional cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When baked through, the tops will be golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre of each muffin will come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. This recipe will make approximately 21 muffins.
There you go–easy enough, right? These muffins are so incredibly easy to make and so incredibly delicious to eat. They have soft chunks of apple and pear within them as well as a hint of sweetness with the melted toffee bits.  Thanks for stopping by A SMILE EACH DAY and I hope that you feel inspired to bring a smile to your own face by baking up a delicious batch of muffins!
And just one last thought…what’s your favourite kind of muffins? I am interested in experimenting around and trying different flavours and combinations. Any suggestions, friends?
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Banana Crunch Muffins

Because it is the end of the weekend, I have decided to share with you a quick pick-me-up recipe for a delicious batch of muffins. My mom is notorious for buying bananas in huge bunches, which (unfortunately) results in quite a few black bananas sitting in the fruit bowl. However, the “over-rippened” black bananas often result in a ridiculous amount of banana breads, cakes, and muffins being baked up. Muffins are great for lunches, breakfast, or even great snacks to eat after school or work. They are easy and scrumptiously delicious!

These muffins are a delicious twist on classic banana muffins. They have a hint of a crunch, which is achieved through delicious add-ins which can be customized to your tastes and preferences. They are easy and take hardly any time at all to whip up.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of butter, melted and cooled
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup of granola
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • nuts to taste (optional)

PROCESS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffins cups with paper liners. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter and mix just until blended. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Divide evenly between muffin cups and bake 25-30 minutes (inserted toothpick should come out clean). Cool.

 QUICK TIP

Muffins can very easily bake into “cone-heads” if the batter is overmixed. Only mix the batter until the ingredients are combined. This allows the batter to bake evenly and form “dome” tops.

There you have it friends. The coconut and granola in this recipe make these muffins have a little bit of a crunch, contrasting the softness of the muffins quite nicely. You may perhaps consider adding banana chips, chopped bananas, various types of nuts, and/or toffee bits to make them even crunchier.

I hope you have a wonderful week full of baked goods, knitting, and anything else that brings you joy!

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