Homemade Peanut Butter Bars

Home Made No Bake PB Bars

Ok, those who actually know me, I’m mildly allergic to peanut, but I really wanted peanut butter – enough so it won’t kill me! 🙂 Then, with tons of leftover peanut butter, I didn’t know what to do that was quick and simple.. so, I stumbled upon some easy dessert bar recipes that requires no baking! Fantastic! I modified my recipe from Kraft Recipes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup graham cracker
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Peanut Butter plus 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup milk chocolate – I used baking chocolate, and it was quite bitter. Try chocolate chips!

This is an easy recipe! I don’t do a lot of baking as I’m not good at baking! So, this recipe was right up my alley! First, you melt the butter – once melted, pour the graham cracker, sugar and 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

Now, take this peanut butter mixture and press it into a container where you want to make your bars. Pack it in tight and hard if possible.

Now, you can either melt the chocolate in the microwave, but I did mine on a double broiler. You do this by taking a pot and filling it with some water – and bringing it up to a boil. Then, place a bowl that’s larger than the opening of the pot over the top of the pot. Now, you can melt your chocolate on that surface on top – never allowing any water into the mixing bowl.

Once the chocolate is completely smooth and melted, stir in the 2 tbsp of peanut butter in and mix until complete smooth and mixed

Now, you can pour this chocolate topping on top of the peanut butter bars and smooth the chocolate topping so it covers the entire dessert. Now, we have to refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set!

Now that your bars have set, it’s time to cut it up and enjoy!

Homemade Chinese Deep Fried Crispy Milk – 炸鮮奶

Home Made Crispy Milk Recipe

Deep fried foods are always good – it doesn’t matter what you fry, and chances are… it will taste great! I had a craving for Deep Fried Crispy Milk as I was in a deep frying phase at home, so I decided to make some. This is a large batch and can feel lots. For 2-4 people, I would actually recommend cutting the recipe down in half.

Ingredients:
Filling –
4 tbsp Cornstarch
1 small can (168mL) Coconut Milk
1 small can (168mL) Milk
1 tbsp condensed milk
1/4 tsp salt

Batter –
1 cup Flour
4 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp baking Powder
1 cup Seltzer water

First of all, the filling does take some time to set, so be sure you make this a few hours prior to frying! To make the filling, mix together the coconut milk, milk condensed milk with a pinch of salt. Then, stir the cornstarch into the cold milk mixture until smooth.

Put the mixture into a pot and heat slowly. The mixture will begin to thicken up – of course from the bottom and sides first, so mix well. Heat until the entire mixture is thick and smooth and could be molded.

Press the mixture into a container, and let it set in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Once the filling is firm, it is ready to get cut up into small chunks, and I like to cut it up into bit size squares. Then, I make the batter, which is mixing all the dry ingredients together, and then pouring some seltzer water, just enough to get a thick batter. Dunk and coat the filling pieces into this batter, and then fry until golden brown!

Put the golden brown, super crispy fried milk on a plate with some paper towel to absorb some grease. I like to serve it with a little plate of condensed milk. This is definitely best enjoyed hot!

Homemade Deep Fried Bananas

Home Made Fried Bananas

I’ve been starting to eat bananas for awhile now, and I’m in a deep frying phase at my house right now… which is kind of bad. But, I thought a Deep Fried Banana would be an excellent idea! I must note, this batter is enough to coat a few more bananas too… so, you can either make more, or reduce the batter!

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup seltzer water
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking soda

First of all, use at least a yellow banana for this recipe! Be careful if it’s too ripe though, as it becomes “mushy” fast. I’ve been trying a deep fry banana everyday – as the banana’s ripen, and with a different batter each time, to think of a better batter. I really like using a version of tempura batter for this recipe!

I start heating up the oil for frying as it’s a quick and simple batter.

To begin this dessert or snack – if you’re crazy like me… make the batter! Mix the dry ingredients together first, so add the flour, cornstarch and baking soda into a bowl. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, you’re ready to add the seltzer water. Typically, I have been finding myself adding less than the amount called for, and then add some more until I get to a thick consistency that I like.

Then, I split a banana in half, just so it fits in my fryer. I coat the banana in the batter!

Now, once the bananas are coated completely, you’re ready to drop it into the hot oil! Be careful, it can splash – and the oil is extremely hot!

Once the banana coating is crispy and golden brown, you should take it out and put it on a paper tower to absorb some oil.

Now, you can either eat it as is, or drizzle some delicious topping. I’ve tried it with honey and chocolate syrup and it was a really light and delicious combination with the bananas.

Another great topping that I really liked is with condensed milk. While eating this, I was thinking about peanut butter drizzle too… but, I just wanted to enjoy my crispy banana. Basically, the toppings can be endless!

This is best eaten hot and crispy! So, don’t spend too long finding toppings!