Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars

A Pecan Pie Bar Recipe from Home Style Austin
The Taste Of Texas

The Texas Pecan.

No other nut will make a Texan stand up and sing “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” more than by the mere mention our great state’s tree: the Pecan. Click this link, if you think I’m kidding. :)

One of Texas’ most famous streets, 6th Street runs through the heart of downtown Austin into the setting sun to the west. Many folks – even locals – don’t know the history of this street’s original name: Pecan Street. Read this interesting blurb from the Pecan Street Festival‘s website:

“When Edwin Waller designed Austin’s street grid, he named north-south streets after Texas rivers and recommended numeric designations for east-west streets. Instead, they were named after trees. That decision was later reversed, and they were renamed with numbers. Though Pecan Street became Sixth Street, the festival honors its original name.”

Whether you were born here or moved here, this Pecan Pie bar recipe is a tasty Texas treat that will delight the young and young at heart!

Foodie Tips:

❤  While these “set” in the fridge, I prefer my pecan bars served at room temperature. Think soft and chewy.

❤  I amped this recipe up with the addition of Texas-made Falfurrias Brand Butter and Pecan Street Rum, which is distilled just outside Austin’s city limits, in Pflugerville. After one taste of the rum in hot chocolate I was hooked!

Ingredients:

For The Crust:
1 ¼ Sticks (10 Tablespoons)  |  Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
3 Tablespoons  |  Granulated Sugar
1 Large  |  Cage Free Egg
3/4 Teaspoon  |  Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons   All-Purpose Flour
¼ Teaspoon  |  Baking Powder
1/8 Teaspoon  |  Kosher Salt

For The Top:
1 Stick (½ Cup)  |  Unsalted Butter
¼ Cup  |  Light Corn Syrup
¼ Cup  |  Pecan Street Rum, Yee Haw! (optional)
3/4 Cup  |  Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Tablespoon  |  Heavy Cream
½ Pound  |  Texas Pecans, Chopped
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

What To Do:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2. To prepare the crust, beat the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer or KitchenAid. Gosh, I love my KitchenAid! Beat until light, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the butter batter on low speed until everything is well-combined.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

4. Press the dough into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ baking dish, forming an edge like you would a pie crust (see above). While forming, lightly sprinkle the dough and your hands with flour to make things easier (the dough will be a bit sticky).

5. Bake the dough for 15 minutes until it has set, but not browned. Set the crust aside to cool and head on to step 6!

6. To make the topping, combine the butter, corn syrup, rum (if using) and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring with a wooden spoon along the way. Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

7. Stir in the heavy cream and pecans. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the gooey topping between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the topping has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

8. Wrap your dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bar-sized pieces and transfer to a serving plate.

Yield: About 9 servings. Enjoy them one by one!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
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Pecan Pie Bars

Served Solo Or With An Ice Cream Sidekick, Pecan Bars Are Delicious!

 

Avocado and Chicken Enchiladas

An Avocado and Chicken Enchiladas Recipe From Home Style Austin
Avocado Creamy Good!

When our friend Penny shared this recipe we knew we had to make this dish.

Sour cream, avocado, chicken and cheese can only mean one thing – we’re having seconds.

Foodie Tips:

  I like the tasty heat of jalapeño combined with the creamy sour cream sauce. If you’re a little heat-shy you can omit the jalapeño.

  We found our Mexican cheese mixture at our neighborhood HEB which was a blend of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero and Quesadilla Cheeses. You can substitute your favorite cheese – Pepper Jack would work well.

  Great sidekicks for this dish can include my spicy stuffed cornbread, chicken tortilla soup or a fresh garden salad.

Ingredients: 

For The Sauce:

1 Tablespoon  |  Unsalted Butter (I suggest Falfurrias)
1  |  Jalapeño, Chopped With Or Without Seeds (optional)
1 Clove  |  Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon  |  Flour
1 Cup  |  Chicken Stock
2 Teaspoons  |  Cumin
¼ Teaspoon  |  Salt
½ Teaspoon  |  Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
½ Cup  |  Cilantro, Chopped
1 Cup  |  Your Favorite Salsa Verde (we used Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde)
½ Cup  |  Sour Cream

For The Enchiladas:

4 Cups  |  Rotisserie Chicken Breast, Shredded
4 Cups  |  Mexican Blend Cheese, Shredded And Divided Into Two 2-Cup Piles
3  |  Avocados, Peeled And Chopped
8  |  Flour Tortillas

An Avocado and Chicken Enchiladas Recipe From Home Style Austin

Directions:

1. Make The Sauce: In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat sauté the garlic and jalapeño in butter for about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook for two minutes. Add the stock, cumin, salt, pepper and stir until everything comes to a boil. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the sour cream and cilantro; combine well and set aside.

2.  Prep Your Baking Dish: Coat the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with nonstick spray. Pour ½ cup of your sour cream sauce and spread it to evenly coat the bottom of the dish. Preheat oven to 375°F.

3. Make Your Enchiladas: [Note: For this step only work from 2 cups of cheese for your enchilada filling so you will have 2 cups to sprinkle on top.] Top a tortilla with the chicken, cheese, avocado and a spoonful of the sour cream sauce. Roll up the enchilada and place it seam side down in your baking dish. Repeat this process until all your enchiladas are made. If you have any extra chicken or avocado no worries – you can sprinkle this on top of your enchiladas. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the enchiladas, cover with the last 2 cups of the Mexican cheese mixture.

4. Bake Away: Place in your preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly-gooey. Remove from oven and let rest a few minutes. You can garnish with a little more chopped cilantro or chopped avocado.

Hope you enjoy this dish!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 



~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Monkey Bread Recipe

A Monkey Bread Recipe By Home Style Austin

Perfect For Breakfast Gatherings

True Texans will go nuts for this sugary-simple recipe. Literally!

We took the time honored monkey bread recipe and cranked it up a bit Texas style with nuts (an abbreviation for Texas pecans) and Texas-made Falfurrias brand butter.

Foodie Tip:

  If you want to extend beyond the flavor border of pecan and craisin try experimenting with other combinations of your own like banana and caramel or walnut and raisin. You can also try a savory spin by skipping the sugar coating, rolling the biscuits in butter or olive oil then sprinkling them with bacon and cheese or your favorite herb.

We like this pecan-craisin version best to let’s get started!

Ingredients: 

1/2 Cup  |  Granulated Sugar
2 Teaspoons  |  Cinnamon
2 Cans (16.3 ounces each)  |  Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
1/2 Cup  |  Pecans, Chopped
1/2 Cup  |  Craisins
3/4 Cup  |  Falfurrias Brand Butter, Melted
1 Cup  | Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed

Directions: 

0. Heat oven to 350°F.

1. Lightly grease a 12-cup fluted tube pan (Bundt pan) with cooking spray or shortening.

2. In a large Ziploc storage bag mix the granulated sugar and the cinnamon and shake well to mix. Set aside.

3. Open the first can of Grands. Separate the dough into its 8 pieces and cut each piece into quarters. Place the quartered pieces into the bag of sugar, zip/close the bag and shake well to evenly coat the biscuit pieces. Open the bag and transfer the coated biscuit pieces into the pan. Top with half of the pecans and craisins.

How To Make Monkey Bread By Home Style Austin

4. Repeat step 3 with the second can of biscuits and finish off with a layer of the remaining nuts and craisins.

5. In a small bowl mix together the melted butter and the brown sugar and pour the mixture over the biscuit pieces.

6. Bake about 30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and an inserted knife comes out clean. Let the bread rest in a pan about 10 minutes then turn it over upside down onto a serving plate to let all the sugary greatness cascade over the bread. Pull apart to serve.

Best served warm!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pecans Recipe

A Cinnamon Pecans Recipe From Home Style Austin

Cinnamon Pecans

In fall and winter my slow cooker is on the kitchen counter more than the toaster. There are so many great dishes you can make in a crock pot and this is one of my favorites.

Combining the taste of Texas Pecans and cinnamon these sweet treats are super-easy to make … perfect for gift-giving during the holidays!

Foodie Tips:

  Your pecans will darken as they cook, so don’t be alarmed! The result is a warm, cinnamon-y great taste.
  Your crock pot will develop a dry, crunchy residue as the pecans cook; this is normal. The residue will dissolve after a few minutes of soaking in warm water.

Ingredients: 

3  |  Egg Whites
1 1/2 Tablespoons  |  Vanilla
1 Cup  |  Brown Sugar
1 Cup  |  Sugar
3 Tablespoons  |  Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon  |  Salt
4 Cups  | Texas Pecan Halves
1-2 Pats  |  Butter
3 Tablespoons  |  Water

Directions: 

1. In a large bowl whisk together the egg whites and the vanilla.

2. In a smaller bowl, mix together the sugars, cinnamon and salt.

3. Add the pecan halves to the egg mixture and stir until well coated. Add the sugar mixture to the coated pecans and stir well.

4. Butter the bottom half of your slow cooker and leave any remaining butter (as a seasoning). Add your coated pecans into the slow cooker.

5. Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes for 2.5 hours.

6. Add the water to the mixture then stir every 20 minutes for the last hour.

7. Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet, spread pecans into a single layer and allow to cool. You can break any pecans clusters into individual pieces or leave them as clusters (the more the merrier)!

Store in an airtight container

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Caramel Brownie Bars Recipe

Caramel Brownie Bars From Home Style Austin

Caramel Brownie Bars

This recipe has become a family fall time favorite thanks to our friends caramel and chocolate.

Add them to your favorite cake mix and your favorite chopped nut and you’ve got a sweet treat that will likely have you making a second batch.

Foodie Tips:

  If you’re a wee bit shy of walnuts, try substituting Texas pecans. Yee, Haw!
  I added a sprinkling of toffee bits to the recipe which sent my tastebuds into outer orbit.
  Top a warmed brownie bar or two with a scoop of ice cream for a delightfully-decadent treat!

Ingredients: 

24  |  Caramels, Unwrapped
2/3 Cup  |  Evaporated Milk
2-Layer Size (about 15.25 oz.)  |  Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup  |  Chopped Walnuts or Texas Pecans
6 Tablespoons  |  Falfurrias Brand Butter, Unsalted, and Melted
1/2 Cup  |  Semi-Sweet Chocolate Pieces
Sprinkling  |  Toffee Bits (optional)

Directions: 

0. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

1. In a saucepan, cook the caramels and 2 tablespoons of the evaporated milk over low heat until the caramels are melted. Cover and turn off heat. (Optional method: you can also melt the caramels in the microwave, stirring after 20-30 second intervals.)

2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the remaining evaporated milk, the cake mix, nuts and butter; mix well.

3. Spread 1/2 of the cake mixture in a greased 13″ x 9″ x 2″ baking pan or ceramic dish.

4. Bake in your warmed-up oven for 10 minutes.

How To Make Caramel Brownie Bars From Home Style Austin

5. Remove the brownie from your oven and sprinkle the chocolate pieces and toffee bits (if using) over the hot baked crust and drizzle the caramel mixture on top. Drop the remaining cake mixture by teaspoons evenly spaced on top. If there are some bare “holes,” no worries; they will fill-in during the final bake.

6. Return the brownie to your oven and bake for 20 minutes more or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

7. Remove the magic from your oven … cool a bit … then cut into bars.

Shazam! You just made something they’re gonna love twice; they’ll love the brownie treats plus love you for making them!

Now sit back and relax with a warm brownie or two for a job well done!

Makes 24-36 bars, depending on size.

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 




~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Great Entertaining : Raclette Style

How To Raclette By Home Style Austin

“Raclette … Whaaat?”

Raclette” is derived from the French word for racler, meaning “to scrape.” Modern day raclette refers to a classic Swiss dish where cheese is melted under an electric broiler then scraped and topped on a wide variety of ingredients, traditionally roasted potatoes, cornichons (tiny pickles) and onions. My raclette machine has a granite top that – when heated – serves as a grill plus it has 8 removable toaster trays that rest under a broiler to cook the accompaniments, like melted cheese. Check out my suggested ingredients below! 

Grilled Tomato And Cheese Raclette Cups By Home Style AustinRaclette In Action

Going out on the town is always fun, but hosting small gatherings in your own home served with a stylish and unforgettable presentation of food makes for priceless memories and great times – that’s why entertaining is one of my passions! We love inviting friends and family over to enjoy fun and unique dining experiences enjoyed at home. Our raclette machine is always a big hit as the centerpiece of many fun indoor grilling gatherings.

Ideas for Raclette Ingredients

Let’s watch a brief video of the racelette experience:

Why Raclette Will Make You A Hero

Like fondue, raclette is best enjoyed as a social eating experience. We like to jazz things up and make a big spread of all kinds of veggies, meats and seafood so our guests can get creative … and they do! The culinary combinations are entertaining, endless and delicious.

Melted Cheese From The Raclette By Home Style Austin

A Few Of Our Favorite Raclette Ingredients …

  • Cheese: Fontina, Raclette, Gruyere, Provolone (any melting cheese!)
  • Meats: Bacon, Prosciutto, Thinly-Sliced Filet Mignon, Shrimp, Lil’ Smokies
  • Veggies: Asparagus, Sliced Bell Peppers, Fingerling Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Zucchini
  • Sweets: Apples, Bananas, Pineapple
  • Sidekicks: Butter, Olive Oil, Pesto, Olives, Bread, Mini Fillo Shells, Seasonings, Wine + Your Favorite Friends And Family

Grilled Shrimp On The Raclette By Home Style Austin
From sweet to savory – once you’ve gathered your ingredients let your inner foodie’s creativity guide your meal: Melted cheese and onion topped on prosciutto, apples with gooey cheese on top, grilled shrimp with bacon, and one self-proclaimed masterpiece we created called “bananas fauxster” – sliced bananas sprinkled with brown sugar, butter, Texas pecans and then toasted. The recipe for this sweet delight is below!

A Few More Raclette Tips

Since you cook-as-you-go when you raclette, it’s usually a fun process that can easily last an hour to several. We like to start with veggies and savory meats … take a break then have a delightful dismount with the sweets.
A Raclette Cheese Cup With Roasted Rasberry Chipotle Sauce By Home Style Austin

Mini Fillo/Phyllo Shells were one of my favorite unexpected discoveries. You can find them here in Austin in the freezer section at HEB. They require no defrosting; simply fill the cups with your favorite ingredients and toast them for a few minutes and you’ve made crispy, melty magic. One of my fillo favorites is to pour a bit of Fischer & Wieser Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce into the cup then top with a  wedge of melting cheese. Place your dish in your toaster tray under the raclette grill’s lower level. When it toasts up, it’s a-ma-zing!
Raclette Omelette By Home Style Austin

You’ll undoubtedly have leftover ingredients after the big meal. We tossed small potatoes, onions and veggies into our silicon egg rings, topped with eggs and cheese and made some delicious “omelettes raclette” – you can do this on the raclette itself or on stovetop (see pic below).

So now on to the “Bananas Fauxster” recipe! With origins to the 1950s in what has become a famed French Quarter restaurant “Brennans” Bananas Foster is a delicious ending to any fantastic meal. My raclette version (a.k.a. “fauxster”) adapts the original recipe for the raclette and it incorporates two of my favorite Texas ingredients: Texas Pecans and Pecan Street Rum, which is distilled outside Austin in Pflugerville.
How To Make Bananas Fauxster On The Raclette
Step 1: Place sliced bananas in your raclette tray and top with pieces of butter, some brown sugar and a sprinkling of chopped Texas pecans and a splash of the Pecan Street Rum. Place the grilling tray to the lower level of your raclette and let it toast-up 2-3 minutes or until bubbly brown.
How to Make Bananas Foster on a Raclette Grill


Step 2: Transfer the bubbly banana mixture to a bowl or serve inside a fillo shell. You can also accompany the dessert alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent treat.

Ready To Raclette, Right ?!

If you’d like some suggestions for where to score your very own raclette magic, try these retailers:

Bed Bath & Beyond
Williams Sonoma

All this raclette talk has made me hungry so let’s get to grillin’. Enjoy!Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
512-222-3302

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A Pretty Raclette Cheese We Found At Central MarketA Pretty Raclette Cheese We Found At Central Market

Mini Fillo Shells - You Can Find Them At HEB

Shamrock Turnovers

Mushroom Shamrock Turnovers By Home Style AustinMushroom Magic

This recipe comes to Home Style Austin from our Brand Director, Patrick (it was his Mom’s recipe). This evolved from a Mushroom Turnover recipe into something we transformed into an annual treat for St. Patrick’s Day by stamping the turnovers into little shamrocks.

Foodie Tips:

  • Use fresh mushrooms for a flavor explosion. Try a little more salt and some pepper if your tongue doesn’t tingle on your first “go” of it.
  • Can’t find three 3-ounce packages of cream cheese? You’re not alone. It seems our modern day bellies are bigger than the “small packs” so you’ll most likely have to buy multiple 8-ounce blocks or containers of the good stuff and trim ‘em down.
  • Don’t have a 2¾” cookie cutter? I found a small juice glass in my kitchen that measured-up quite fine.
  • While the original recipe calls for an ungreased cookie sheet, I think I went a little liberal with the egg brushing. I found some PAM Baking Spray helped a lot.
  • Why not create a mushroom masterpiece of your own? I used a clover-shaped cookie cutter and made my own version of this tasty treat… debuting this St. Paddy’s Day 2012.
  • This recipe yields enough for a party. If you don’t want to prepare 50 turnovers, half the recipe!

Ingredients: 

9 Ounces  |  Cream Cheese, Softened
½ Cup  |  Butter, Softened (use Falfurrias brand butter)
1½ Cups  |  Sifted Flour
½ Pound  |  Mushrooms, Minced
1 Large  |  White Onion, Minced
3 Tablespoons  |  More Butter, Softened
1 Teaspoon  |  Salt
¼ Teaspoon  |  Fresh Thyme Leaves, Minced
2 Tablespoons  |  Flour
¼ Cup  |  Sour Cream
1  |  Cage Free Egg, Beaten

What To Do:

1. Early in the day or 2 hours before serving, place in a large bowl the cream cheese, butter and flour. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft dough forms.

2. Wrap dough in waxed paper and refrigerate at least one hour.

3. In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, cook the mushrooms and onion in 3 tablespoons butter until tender, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in salt, thyme and 2 tablespoons flour until blended and then stir in the sour cream (yes!).

Mushroom Turnovers In The Making5. On a floured board, thinly roll-out one half of the dough and cut into about 12 circles using a 2¾” cookie cutter. Roll dough scraps into ball and refrigerate.

6. On one ½ of each circle, place a teaspoon of the mushroom mixture. Bush the edges with egg and fold the edges over the filling to meet the bottom edge.

7. With a fork, press edges together and prick tops in three places to let the steam out. If you want to enjoy your turnovers for St. Paddy’s Day you can stamp them with a clover-shaped cookie cutter at this step – note: there will be spoilage!

8. Place turnover on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and mushroom filling until you’re all done.

9. Preheat oven to 450°F.

10. Brush the turnovers with egg.

11. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 50 turnovers. Serve warm.

Enjoy!
Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider



~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Mushroom Turnovers In The Oven

Pot o’ Gold Party Mix

A Pot o Gold St Patrick's Day Recipe

For The Sweet n’ Salty Leprechaun In You

This is one of our team’s most favorite snack *AND* our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipe!

Each pot o’ gold brings your lucky tastebuds a sweet and salty taste in a super-addictive way. Serve the mix up in little hats or your own St. Paddy’s Day inspired gear. Lucky you!

Foodie Tips:

  • Honey roasted cashews? Our absolute favorite nut!
  • We have it on good word that Falfurrias brand butter is the best in these here parts of the galaxy.
  • We’re sorry you have to hand-pick the green M&Ms. If you’re a wee-bit tired, order them en masse here on Amazon.

Ingredients: 

4 Cups  |  Lucky Charms Cereal
2 Cups  |  Corn Chex Cereal
1 ½ Cups  | Mini Pretzel Twists
1 Cup  |  Honey Roasted Cashews
1 Cup  |  Dry Roasted Peanuts
½ Cup  |  Brown Sugar, Packed Well
¼ Cup  |  Falfurrias Brand Butter
2 Tablespoons  |  Corn Syrup
⅛ Teaspoon  |  Baking Soda
¼ Cup  |  Green M&M’s Candies (the chosen ones)

What To Do:

1. In a large microwaveable bowl mix together the first 5 ingredients then set the cereal mixture aside.

2. In a 2-cup microwave-friendly measuring cup, heat the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup about 2 minutes on high, stirring after 1 minute, then returning to microwave until melted and smooth.

3. Stir in baking soda into the heated brown sugar mixture until dissolved. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until well coated.

4. Microwave the whole “she-bang” 1-2 minutes, scraping the bowl every 30 seconds, until cereal begins to brown. Let cool 5 minutes.

5. Stir in the M&M candies. Spread mixture on wax paper to cool.

6. Break the mix into bite-sized pieces and place into wee widdle individually-sized serving cups!

Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Valentine’s Day Rice Krispies Treats

 Valentine’s Day 2014 Featured Post  A Valentine's Day Rice Krispies Treats Recipe By Home Style Austin
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❤  Crackle  ❤  Pop  ❤  Yowza!

You’re sure to score points when you put a creative twist on this time-honored favorite. These treats are super-easy to make and super-fun to decorate. Let’s see why …

Tips:

  • Like soft treats? These treats will impress you if consumed within 24 hours of your pressing.
  • For a thicker treat, press your marshmallow mixture into a 9″ x 13″ pan. For a thinner treat, press into a 11″ x 17″ pan.
  • For a quick and tasty shortcut for melted chocolate, use Ambrosia brand Chocolate Flavored Bark Coating (a.k.a. bark coating) – we found ours at our local HEB Grocery. It’s available in chocolate bark and white bark.
  • Just because these treats are perfectly-shaped for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that they aren’t delicious all year round!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons  |  Unsalted Butter (my family’s favorite is Falfurrias Brand Butter)
1 Package (10 ounces)  |  Marshmallows
6 Cups  |  Kellogg’s Brand Rice Krispies Cereal
Your Favorite  |  Chocolates, Melted
Assorted  |  Decorations (sprinkles, crushed peppermints, strawberries, etc.)

Surprise Your Valentine With These Rice Krispies Treats By Home Style AustinMaterials:

Medium-Sized Pan
Spoon To Stir
Large Mixing Bowl
Wax Paper
Baking Sheet (see size recommendations above)
Cooking Spray
Cookie Cutter (we used a heart-shaped cutter)

What To Do:

1. Melt the butter in a medium-large pan over low heat.

2. Raise the heat up a bit to medium heat and add the marshmallows. Stir until melted – do not let them boil or burn.

3. Pour your marshmallow mixture into the rice krispies and stir until well blended.

4. Using a spatula or spoon pour the mixture into a baking sheet lined with wax paper and press flat.

5. Let cool then cut your treats into your desired shapes. Spray your cookie cutter (or hands) with cooking spray will help prevent sticking.

6. Decorate your treats. Let your creativity impress their eyes and their appetite!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider



~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

 Love Valentine’s Day? Visit our post called “Valentine’s Day The Home Style Way” for our ideas for how to make your day extra special at home. We’re pairing our favorite appetizer, main course, desserts and wine along with some great “at-home” movie recommendations sure to melt hearts.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin Recipe

A Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin Recipe By Home Style Austin
A Fall-time Flavor Favorite

My first adventure to Kerbey Lane Cafe was with Linda, the Editorial Director of Enlightenment Magazine. Linda is a great friend and a fellow fan of interior design and beautiful lighting. She lives in New Jersey and was recently traveling thru Central Texas so we hoped our first visit to Kerbey Lane Cafe wouldn’t disappoint. And it didn’t!

We loved Kerbey Lane’s California Omelette, Rocky Road Pancakes and our sensational server so much (thank you, Masani) that we all left with boxes of the cafe’s pancake mixes so we could enjoy a little Kerbey Lane in our own kitchens. Kerbey Lane offers 7 pancake options to choose from and the mixes can create breads, cookies, waffles, muffins in addition to awesome pancakes. For folks living outside the Austin area you can order their mixes online and taste the goodness from your own kitchen creations, too!

This Home Style Austin muffin recipe brings the best of fall with the time-honored “flavorites” – pumpkin, orange juice, cranberries and good ole Texas pecans. Go on . . . take your tastebuds into outer space!

Just Two Of Kerbey Lane Cafe's Pancake MixesIngredients: 

1  Cup |  Butter, Melted
1  |  Cage Free Egg
1 Cup  |  Orange Juice
1 Cup  |  Granulated Sugar
16 Ounce Box  |  Kerbey Lane Cafe Pumpkin Pancake Mix
2 Handfuls  |  Dried Cranberries
Handful  |  Texas Pecans, Chopped (optional)

What To Do:

0. Preheat oven to 325°F.

1. In a medium bowl blend together the butter, egg, orange juice and sugar. I love my KitchenAid!

2. Add the pancake mix and blend well.

3. Fold-in the cranberries and pecans (if using) with a spatula or spoon.

4. Using a cookie scoop, spoon batter into silicon baking cups or muffin tin lined with baking cups. If you don’t have a cookie scoop you’re missing out! Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Yields: 18 (or so) muffins

I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as I do! I love the Kerbey Lane mixes so much I now include a box or two in my new homeowner gift baskets which have become a gift-giving (and receiving) favorite.

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.