Posts Tagged 'sugar'
When I first learned that I was heading to Nashville the first thing that I thought was “I am going to Demos!” Of all of the restaurants in Nashville, Demos is my favorite. I am a fan of sweet tea. Very sweet tea! North Carolina is probably the sweet tea capital of the world. Once you are out of N.C. it is a bit difficult to find tea with a large amount of sugar added. Demos has a solution to this problem. Just ask for some sugar water when you order tea. The thick sugar syrup addition to a glass of tea is great! All of the meals that I have had at Demos have been delicious. I usually order a pasta dish, but this time I was craving steak. Then, I started craving chicken. So, I ordered Steak with chicken. To be more specific I had A seven-ounce cut of thick sirloin with grilled chicken tenderloins. As in the past I was pleased with the meal and was tempted to lay down and take a nap. Instead of the nap I chose to walk around beautiful downtown Nashville to site see. I look forward to my next rip to music city.
Demos downtown Nashville Location:
Peanut Balls combine some of my favorite items to eat. One way to describe their flavor is to say they are like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It has that same thick coating of chocolate with a smooth and creamy filling that is almost fudge-like in texture made of peanut butter and several other ingredients listed below.
The State of Ohio has their own special name for this confection; “Buckeyes”. Buckeyes look slightly different than Peanut Butter Balls in that the top of each bonbon is bare of chocolate. This is done to make it look like the nut of the Buckeye tree, which just happens to be the State Tree of Ohio. I prefer chocolate all of the way around. The more the better!
The process is very simple and requires just a few ingredients:1 cup plus 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp. cocoa 1 tbsp. milk 1 tbsp. vanilla 1 cup (or more) milk chocolate
In a large bowl combine the 1 cup powdered sugar and cocoa. Stir in the peanut butter, milk, and vanilla. Form the mixture into balls. Roll each ball in 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
While balls are chilling, melt the chocolate. Temper the chocolate if you desire.
Once balls are firm, they can be dipped.
Using a toothpick, skewer a ball and dip it halfway into the melted chocolate. To make a Buckeye, you will want to leave at least a dime-sized circle of undipped candy on top of the ball. Otherwise drown the sucker in chocolate!
Swirl the excess chocolete off of the ball (as shown in the photo above). It’s more fun than draggin it along the lip of the bowl or waiting for the chocolate to drip off. Place the covered ball back on the cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining peanut butter balls.
Return balls to fridge to set the chocolate. Serve once candies are firm.
I am a sucker for the sweets and cannot resist when they are presented to me. The Bakery At Walmart offers a large variety of bakery items and my favorite is anything with icing. Compared to other “chain” bakeries, Walmart’s Buttercream Icing. I like very sweet icing and could eat it on cookies, cakes, large spoon…etc. I searched for recipes and learned that Walmart uses icing by Brill. You can purchase this icing in contaners up to 14lbs at http://www.fondantsource.com/buic.html A 45lb tub is also available!!!!
I tried to make a homemade cake once and it wasn’t very pretty or tasty. SO, I will let the professionals do the work and I will enjoy. Below is a recipe that claims to be close to the Brill buttercream icing. Give it a try and let me know, or invite me over to sample!!