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PB&J Bars

I know I know I have been terrible with the blog recently, embarrassingly I haven’t given you a new recipe since back in November, ill go and hang my head in shame shall I? As im sure you can guess ive been pretty busy the last few months. In the last week I moved house and now live in London. Im staying with a friend for a few weeks while I look for my first apartment and my first ever kitchen of my own, I cant wait to get it all set up and ready to go. Anyway now im getting back into the swing of things I thought I would share a new recipe of mine. It was inspired by watching some American comedy and they were making peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches and whilst im a big fan of both jam and peanut butter I had never had together in a sandwhich. And no dont worry the recipe isnt for a sandwhich but and PB&J shortbread bar. Its so easy but also delicious.

PB+J Shortbread Bars

450g Plain Flour

300g Unsalted Butter

150g Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp salt

150g smooth peanut butter

250g jam (choice up to you)

1. Press a piece of foil into the base and up the sides of a 9×13 baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

2. Place the flour, butter, sugar and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse until the ingredients form a dough.

3. Tip the dough out onto the worksurface and lightly knead until it becomes uniform. Remove a third of the dough and wrap it in clingfilm and refrigerate until needed. Press the remaining dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 mins or until lightly golden around the edges. leave to cool for 20 mins.

4. Spread the peanut butter evenly on the cooled base then repeat with the jam. Remove the third of dough from the fridge and crumble into pieces and scatter evenly over the jam. Bake for a further 25-30 mins or until the crumbled dough starts to colour a little bit. Cool completely before cutting into 12 large squares.

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Salted Caramel and Chocolate Popcorn Bars

I love experimenting in the kitchen, trying new ideas and new techniques but sometimes I don’t want a complex recipe or idea, just something easy that tastes great. I found a packet of microwave popcorn in the cupboard and remembered that Marcus Wareing’s book has a chapter of recipes for the stuff, including one with my favourite salted caramel. I dont need to tell you my love of salted caramel but other than eating it straight I love coming up with or coming across new ways of using the stuff and this is a really different way to use it. I decided to give it a go but adapted it to fit my idea. I tried, and kind of failed, to make the popcorn into bars and also added some chocolate. Even though they were a little messy they tasted absolutely great and best of all were super easy, great for a chilled out of night with friends and a movie. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

Sometimes simplicity is more appealing than complexity. These PB bars from “Baked” were just the key, very simple and the oven didn’t even get turned on. I adore baking but sometimes I dont want to cross my fingers and hope I did everything right. With a recipe like this everything is done and finished fast. The crispy layer is the first thing you do and is the only possibly tricky thing as it involves a bit of sugar/syrup work, but I think the idea of boiling sugar is much worse than the actual process. The other 2 stages are simplicity itself, if you can melt chocolate you can make it. They are also addictive but then I should have known they would be, I mean chocolate and peanut butter in a bar! no question it was going to be good. Continue reading