Saturday, August 30, 2008


This is a South African savory dish. I call it a hotdish, but don't tell my husband that : )

While visiting South Africa in 2000 with my husband, his Stepmom Daphney gave me this recipe. I have tried others, but this one I like the best. There are just about as many versions of Bobotie as there are of hamburger hotdish.

This is broke down into 3 groups which makes it a breeze.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Swirled Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

First day back to school "After School Treat"

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) swirled milk chocolate and peanut butter chips

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. morsels.

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen

Date Nut Bread

Makes 2 Loaves

1 1/2 cups chopped dates

1 1/2 cups hot water

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a bowl, combine the dates, water and butter; let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt. Stir in the eggs, vanilla and date mixture just until moistened. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil if top browns to quickly. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.