Monday, September 15, 2008

Cooking Project

So I made these this weekend along with a Rosemary Chicken Penne Pasta Casserole..both from Rachel Ray.. The casserole was okay, nothing special... but these fudge bars I have one word for..RICH..
The whole jar of peanut butter it calls for should have been a clue that these puppies were going to be major..
Kyle and I liked them, but decided in the end that they were just too much... I brought them to work.
On a side note our family is really enjoying the new project I have of coming up with a new receipe for a main dish and dessert once a week. It has been fun and has introduced the kids to a lot of new things. It really hasn't been that challenging and has made me fall in love with cooking a bit more.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 sticks (8 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
One 16-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
3 cups crispy rice cereal
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, melt half of the chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter over low heat. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup peanut butter, then 2 cups rice cereal. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan; refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Wash out the saucepan.2. In the saucepan, combine the remaining 2 sticks butter and the salt; melt over medium heat, stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining peanut butter and the confectioners' sugar. Spread half of the peanut butter mixture over the cereal layer. Top with the remaining 1 cup cereal.3. In a small bowl, microwave the remaining chocolate at medium power until melted, 1 1/2 minutes. Stir into the remaining peanut butter mixture. Spread evenly on the cereal-topped peanut butter layer; refrigerate until set, about 45 minutes. Cut into 16 pieces. (MORE like 32 pieces!!! Seriously one little bite is all you need..or maybe it is just us..try them and let me know what you think!)