We were feeling a little guilty for abandoning y’all for two weeks or has it been three? So in typical Saucy Wench fashion we have over compensated. We have found ourselves each with a new job and our children home due to teacher action (not much time for girl time). Luckily Saucy Wench #2’s son is a perfect babysitting age for Saucy Wench #1’s mini wench. We find ourselves at 6:00pm and we are still in our pjs, we have been baking since noon. Apparently we have been craving sweets and with inclement weather preventing us from our planned picnic in the park, we decided to do a bake off!!!!! Each of us pulled out a secret recipe to share along with some timeless classics we had a hankering for. The line up included: chocolate chip cookies (scroll down for recipe), rice krispie squares, gingerbread piggies and super secret toffee biscotti dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with sea salt (scroll down for recipe). An unfortunate side effect of a bake off (you have been warned) is the mass consumption of sugar by our children resulting in temporary onset hyperactivity on a more serious note the wenches feel an instant onset of diabetes – plus we will not disclose how much raw cookie dough was devoured.
Saucy Wenches Words of Wisdom: It is summer ladies so if your dress is strapless your bra should be too!
1 cup butter or margarine, softened (I use butter)
1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda together and add to wet mixture. Stir in chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Makes 5 1/2 dozen.
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup toffee pieces
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate melting wafers (approximately)
Sea salt or kosher salt
In a large bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla and almond extract; stir into flour mixture to form soft sticky dough and add toffee pieces until incorporated. Transfer to lightly floured surface; form into ball. Divide in half; roll each into 12 inch long log. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to cutting board; cut diagonally into 3/4 inch thick slices. Stand slices up, slightly apart, on a baking sheet; bake for another 20-25 minutes longer or until golden. Let cool completely. Melt chocolate in deep glass bowl in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time until fully melted. Dip tops of biscotti in melted chocolate and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Place in fridge for 5 minutes to set chocolate.
Since summer is fast approaching and we are still craving sweets, we decided to test out a no bake, Nutella cheesecake with a cinnamon infused graham cracker crust. Saucy Wench #2 mistakenly contacted her ex-boyfriend and has reverted right back to the sugar laden, phase two of the break up. Her verdict…..mmmmmmmmmm…… what’s his name again?. Pardon me while I take a moment to shovel some more into my mouth. Unlike traditional baked cheesecake, we found this one to be light, fluffy and not overly sweet with a pudding like consistency. The cinnamon offsets the sweetness of the Nutella and when topped with whipped cream and tart berries this makes a perfect patio inspired dessert. As always, we like to give some alternatives to our recipes and we feel this cheesecake would make a lovely frozen dessert on a hot summers day. Here is the link to the original recipe:
Our weekly Saucy Wenches Words of Wisdom: When you receive attention from your teenage son’s friends – IT IS NOT A COMPLIMENT!
Saucy Wench #2 has moved into the second phase of her breakup – anger, sugar and a little bourbon on the side! This calls for American Honey Bourbon Cupcakes…..yes you read that right or as we also call them Ambrosia for the Soul. The recipe was straight forward and easy to follow if a little heavy on the butter but hey it is from the South. The cupcakes were not overly sweet and had a slightly coarser consistency which was complimented by the epic, creamy icing. The bourbon icing lead to a battle of the beaters between us wenches. Wench #1 remarked she needed a moment alone after licking the beater. Saucy Wench #2 then accidently showed her “happy” face – if you know what I mean. We both feel that this is one of the best buttercream icings we have ever tasted. The original recipe called for a bourbon drizzle which we promptly ditched after tasting the icing….we just couldn’t take any more.
Here is the link to the original recipe:
As for alternate ideas for this recipe, it is by unanimous decision that we say just make the icing and dip whatever you want into it. Suggestions: ladyfingers, amaretto cookies, strawberries, spoons or fingers…I will leave it at that so our rating stays PG.
We leave you with our traditional Saucy Wenches thought of the day: If you are at the gym and you are showing more than you show your gynecologist, it is time to invest in some longer and definitely looser shorts.
Kick in going through a breakup (Saucy Wench #2) and it calls for comfort food! Nothing says comfort food more than melted cheese and salt – lots and lots of salt! Given that we are also spicy wenches, we thought we would combine the two in a carb/sauce fest and ta da baked pretzels topped with salt served with a side of jalapeño cheese sauce. We decided to make baked pretzels instead of boiled and baked just to save on time as we are also working wenches. The pretzels are nice and crisp but we feel like a boiled pretzel would give better texture. We also had difficulty maintaining the length of our pretzel ropes due to blackberry wine being invited to the party. The sauce, however, is heaven in a bowl and Saucy Wench #2 is on her sixth pretzel and is about to lick the bowl clean!!!! It has just the right amount of spice, heat and creaminess and feel this sauce has potential to be utilized in a variety of recipes. We can see this recipe being turned into a modern day fondue by topping the pretzels with coarse sugar and cinnamon and then dipping in chocolate and/or caramel sauce – yummy! We have attached the original recipe below for your convenience:
We leave you with Saucy Wenches words of wisdom: Just because it comes in your size does NOT mean you should wear it! We are talking about pleather hot pants here ladies!!!!!!