Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cooking with Kraft

I made both of these recipes to take to a work retreat... they're two of our new favorites. Ben says the Rocky Road Crunch Bars are his new all time favorite dessert. I got both of the recipes from the Kraft Food & Family Magazine. I get them in the mail for free (click here to got to the website to get recipes and sign up to get the magazine) and love it. It always has at least one or two recipes that I end up trying and loving... it's definitely worth your time to go to the website a sign up to get it! In the mean time try out these two sweet treats (and let us know which one is your favorite):

Rocky Road Crunch Bars (Ben's Favorite)
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp. butter
4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 cup PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts, chopped
4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips)

MICROWAVE honey and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir until well blended. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are puffed; stir until well blended.
ADD remaining ingredients; mix well.
PRESS cereal mixture firmly into greased foil-lined 13x9-inch pan. Cool. Cut into 24 bars

Flat Bottom Fruit Pie (Laura's Favorite)

1 refrigerated ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 15-oz. pkg.)
1 tsp. cinnamon sugar (3/4 tsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon)
1-1/4 cups half-and-half
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1-1/2 cups fresh peach slices (about 1 large)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries

PREHEAT oven to 450ºF. Unroll pie crust onto baking sheet; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until lightly browned; cool completely.
MEANWHILE, pour half-and-half into medium bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping; cover. Refrigerate until ready to use.
SPREAD pudding mixture over crust just before serving; top with fruit. Cut into slices. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

I actually modified this recipe a little... I used fat free half and half, sugar free instant vanilla pudding, and light cool whip and it was delicious. You really could not tell that it was almost good for you. I also used fruits that I new that we liked (peaches,
strawberries, blueberries, and grapes) and you can do the same. I was particularly proud of the way mine looked, here's some pictures:

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