Hey ya'll, Happy Nom Nom Mondays! Ha! I guess I'm doing my best impersonation of Paula Deen there. I do love butter, which brings me to my first treat for today. I found this recipe on Pinterest. It is called Strawberry Honey Butter from Half Baked.
I made three and a half jars. I gave one to my grandmother, and one to my mother for mother's day. I tied a simple red bow of yarn around my grandmother's, because that's her favorite color. :)
My mixture came out a lot runnier and darker than Half Baked's. I was in a rush, and I didn't carefully follow the directions to a T. I missed that she said cook the strawberry mixture until thickened. I cooked for a quick three minutes, and to bring it down to room temp I placed the sauce pan in a bowl of ice water. I usually like to read the comments on blog recipes before I try them, because you can find helpful hints in there. This time I rummaged through the comments afterwards. I wanted to see if anyone else had similar results, and someone did! Paula (not Deen) thought it was due to not cooking the strawberry mixture for long enough. I tried to thicken my mixture by using a half cup more of butter. Not sure it did anything, but make it creamier, which definitely didn't hurt.
This spread tastes great! Strawbuttery! I want to try it again with cooking the strawberries down all the way, to compare the results! I spread it on a cinnamon raisin english muffin for breakfast. Then again for an after dinner desert! I switched it up a bit, and tried a hazelnut spread (Nutella knock-off) under the strawberry honey butter. Love this mixture! Great way to fill that chocolate craving, mmm, mmm, mmm!
I also made some Double Decker Oreo Fudge. I found this recipe on Pinterest from Bakers Royale. This is my first layer in the pan.
I used Spring Oreos, they have yellow cream instead of white centers, which made this layer a little yellow instead of cookies and cream colored. That's a color right? Definitely not the same as black and white ... oh, no, not at all. :)
The recipe said it only needed an hour to setup in the fridge. I left it in there for a couple hours, but the Oreo layer was still sticky yesterday. I took these photos the today, and after sitting in the fridge overnight it was a thousand times easier to cut.
My layers were not as perfect as Bakers Royale's, mostly because I used a larger pan. This did not effect the flavor. Still yummy Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Oreo fudge. I don't know why I think of fudge as a summer treat, but I think I might go fudge crazy this summer. I forgot how simple it is to make, plus it doesn't take many ingredients, which makes it inexpensive to make too! Maybe Peanut Butter Fudge next? I love peanut butter. :)
Hope ya'll had a great Monday, and Happy DIYing, chris!