Friday, June 24, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Okay, so technically this isn't even a recipe. It is so easy and there is absolutely no cooking involved!

Ingredients:

Approx. twelve ice cream sandwices
1 tub Cool Whip
Favorite candy bars and/or sliced fruit for toppings (strawberries, kiwi)

Directions:
Take each ice cream bar out of its wrapper and place them next to each other on a cookie sheet. Do this until the entire cookie sheet is full with no spaces in between. Kind of like putting together a puzzle.

Frost your ice cream bar "cake" with a layer of Cool Whip.
Sprinkle the top with your favorite crushed candy bar.
Another option would be to layer the top with sliced fruit.

Soft Pretzels



Soft Pretzels
Recipe adjusted for us, but I found it on cloverlane.blogspot.com who got it from allrecipes.com who got it from someone else.
Yes, this recipe has been passed around a lot.

Ingredients:
1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/2 tsp.)
2 TBS brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2 TBS. baking soda
5 TBS melted butter
2 TBS coarse kosher salt
parchment paper

If you don't have parchment paper, you can spray your cookie sheet instead. Just remember to spray it between each batch. 

Directions:

In mixer, dissolve yeast, brown sugar and salt in a 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough (we used our mixer) for 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.
Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8" square pan.
After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape and dip into the baking soda solution pan. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and let rise for 20 minutes.
Bake at 450 for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.

OVEN ADJUSTMENTS: Our oven runs REALLY hot, so I had to adjust the recipe and cook the pretzels at about 390 degrees for 6 minutes to get them perfectly soft instead of hard rocks. Adjust the time and temp. for your own oven to get them just right!