Sunday, 18 March 2012

Quick and Easy Bruschetta

This is a great bruschetta recipe. I got the idea when we were over at my friend Suzy's for dinner and she served up something similar. The recipe is quick and easy and works great for a nice appetizer at a get together or before dinner.

Handful of fresh basil
about 10 - 12 grape tomatoes
1/4 of a small sweet onion
drizzle of olive oil
balsamic glaze
1/2 a baguette of your choice sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup of butter
1 tbsp garlic seasoning (not garlic salt)

Start by chopping your basil up into little pieces. Then cut your tomatoes into little pieces as well, dice the onion up and add a drizzle of olive oil. Mix it up well.

Mix garlic seasoning into your butter, then spread it onto each slice of bread. Toast your bread in an oven heated to 450 F. for about 5 minutes,

After 5 minutes pull the bread out and add about 1 tbsp or so to each slice of bread and pop back into the oven for another 5 minutes.

Once that's done, pull the bread/bruschetta out of the oven and add a drizzle of balsamic glaze to each slice, and ta-da!! Delicious!!



Monday, 5 March 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle

I love me a delicious trifle.. the mixture of cake, pudding, whipped cream and candy or fruit is the best of all worlds!! I decided to create a trifle that includes two of my favorite things.. peanut butter and chocolate. Turned out amazing!!

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 boxes of low fat chocolate jello instant pudding
4 cups of milk (as per the pudding directions)
1/4 cup peanut butter (plus 2 tbsp for drizzling)
1 large container of low fat cool whip
1 bag of mini Reese peanut butter cups (chopped into pieces)
1 large bag of Reese's pieces

Bake the cake as per the directions on the box. Let cool completely.

Let cool whip thaw out until it's easier to spread.

Make the pudding as per the directions on the box, at the very end before you let it set stir in the 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Let set.

Crumble the cake into a trifle dish (or bowl), top with 1/2 of the pudding mixture, then add a layer of cool whip (1/2 the container), and then sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped Reese peanut butter cups and 1/2 the bag of Reese's pieces.

Do another layer exactly the same: cake, pudding, cool whip, candy.

Put the 2 tbsp of peanut butter into the microwave for about 45 seconds to melt, then drizzle over top of the trifle.