Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

My girls love peanut butter.

They eat it with crackers, on toast, on celery, on pancakes and their favorite way to eat it, is  right out of the jar with a spoon.

I have raised a bunch of nutty girls in my house.

Anywho, I was looking through old community cookbook recipes (again), and found this Peanut Butter Sheet Cake recipe. When I read through the recipe and looked at all the ingredients, I thought it was so interesting that the icing had melted marshmallows in it. I was so intrigued by this idea, thinking it would taste so gooey good, I had to copy down the recipe. I knew my girls at home and the Baby College Girl would love this cake. I decided I would try it out last week during the treat day that I volunteered to make some goodies for. The cake is moist and pea nutty tasting. The icing is made with crunchy peanut butter, so the top is a sheet of crunchy goodness. It is a great cake to feed a crowd, cause you get to make it in a jelly roll pan which allows you get lots of servings. Which is great, cause you will want two servings.

Here is what you need to make this terrifically pea nutty cake.

I brought all the ingredients from home to make this cake, but I thought it would look funny to take a picture of the big bags of sugar and flour that I purchase for my classroom.

          

The first thing you need to do is measure out the flour and sugar and put it in a medium bowl.

         

Add in the baking soda and the salt. Stir all the ingredients together.

         

The dry ingredients should look like this. I then put all my dry ingredients in my stand mixing bowl.

         

In a sauce pan melt the butter and the oil together.

         

Add the peanut butter and the water and bring to a boil.

         

When the peanut butter mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat. In another medium boil, whisk the eggs and the vanilla together.

         

This is what it looks like whisked up. Now whisk in the buttermilk.

         

Now, it is time to pour the hot peanut mixture into the dry ingredients. Using a stand mixer (or hand held) blend the dry ingredients and peanut mixture together.

         

Now, you can add in the buttermilk and egg mixture to the batter. With the mixer, mix until all the ingredients are smooth and incorporated together.

         

Pour the batter into a greased jelly roll pan and bake for about 18 minutes or until done.

         

While the cake is baking, take this time to make  you icing. In a sauce pan, heat together the evaporated milk and the sugar.

         

Add in one tablespoon of butter. You will use crunchy peanut butter for the icing.

         

Measure out the crunchy peanut butter and the marshmallows. When the milk and sugar comes to boil. Boil for 2 minutes.

         

When you have boil the icing for 2 minutes, turn off the burner, and stir in the marshmallows and the crunchy peanut butter.

         

I cooked mine just a minute or two to get all the marshmallows to melt.  Now, stir in the vanilla. Pour the icing over the warm cake.

Spread the icing evenly over the cake, making sure to get the edges.

Here is the recipe:

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Ingredients for the cake:

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup margarine or butter (I used butter)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup water

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup buttermilk

Ingredients for the icing:

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon margarine or butter

1//2 crunchy peanut butter

1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions for the cake:

Mix together flour, soda, sugar and alt in a large mixing bowl. (I put my mixture in a large stand mixer bowl). Set aside. In a saucepan, bring oil, margarine, peanut butter and water to a boil. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix. (I mixed it with a stand mixer). In a small bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and buttermilk together. Add the egg mixture to the batter in the mixing bowl. Blend well. Pour batter into a greased and floured 11 by 15 by 1 inch sheet cake pan. (jelly roll pan) Bake for 15 to 18 minute in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Directions for the icing:

While the cake is baking make the icing. In a saucepan, combine evaporated milk sugar and margarine. Bring to a boil, cooking for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and marshmallows. Stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the warm icing over the warm cake and spread to cover.

 

Who wants to first piece????

Enjoy!

Becky

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Heavenly Hash Candy

I must be feeling a little nostalgic. Yesterday, I made those cute and delicious,  strawberries in winter candy and today I am making another childhood favorite, heavenly hash candy.

I think it has something to do with marshmallows. I love anything to do with marshmallows. Marshmallow cream, marshmallows on top of sweet potatoes, on top of a steaming mug of cocoa and of course grabbing a handful right out of the bag for a snack. This candy is full of marshmallows.

I think I need an intervention!

Anywho, when I happen to run across a picture of this candy, it brought back memories of family gatherings and tables full of great food, I knew I had to add heavenly hash to the trays of goodies. They are full of marshmallows and nuts (I used almonds) and all coated in creamy chocolate goodness.

I will have to admit it took me a couple of tries to get it right. I am not sure if I mis-measured the sugar or I did not boil the milk and sugar for the full two minutes. The first batch just would not set up. I was not just going to give up, and I thought I would try it again. This time I took extra time to make sure I measured everything correctly and boiled the milk and sugar the full two minutes. This does not mean simmer either, make sure you boil it for two minutes to insure the candy will set up. I just finished my fourth third batch and the candy set up like a dream.

I know it will for you too.

Here is everything you will need to make Heavenly Hash Candy.

                   

First thing you need to do is measure out one cup of evaporated milk. Put the milk in a medium size sauce pan and add one cup of sugar. Do not worry about using a candy thermometer. I was just curious to see what temperature the milk would get when I boiled it.

                   

Now, add three tablespoons of corn syrup. Stir the milk, sugar and corn syrup until the sugar dissolves. Bring the milk mixture to a rolling boil and boil for two minutes. The mixture will look really foamy when it boils.

                   

Let the hot milk mixture cool for two minutes. Then, add in the chocolate chips (two cups) and one teaspoon of vanilla.

With a whisk, whisk the chocolate chips and vanilla with the hot milk mixture until the chocolate chips are melted. Let the chocolate mixture cool for 20 minutes.

             

After the chocolate has cooled for twenty minutes, stir in two cups of miniature marshmallows and 2 cups of chopped nuts. I used almonds. I left some whole and some  I just did a rough chop on.

With a large spoon, stir all everything together until the marshmallows are well coated in chocolate.

Using a spoon, scoop out the candy onto parchment paper to set up. This candy will set up faster in the fridge, but I just mine set up on the counter.  If you want, you can spread the candy in a parchment lined pan and cut into bars. I store the candy in the fridge until I am ready to fill my trays.

Bring a little bit heaven to your holiday candy making with these heavenly hash chocolate candies. I am sure your little angles will love them.

Here is the recipe:

Heavenly Hash Candy

Ingredients:

1 cup of evaporated milk

1 cup of sugar

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups chopped nuts (I used almonds, leaving some whole and some I did a rough chopped)

2 cups miniature marshmallows.

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan, heat the evaporated milk, sugar and corn syrup, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the milk to a full boil and boil for a full two minutes (no short cuts here). Let the milk cool down for 2 minutes and add the chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir, until all the chocolate chips melts. Let the chocolate mixture cool for 20 minutes. When the chocolate mixture has cooled, stir in the marshmallows and the nuts. Stir until all the marshmallows are coated in chocolate. With a spoon, scoop out the candy and place on parchment paper to set up. Store in the refrigerator.

I hope your goodie making is going faster than mine!

Happy Candy Making,

Becky

 

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