Saturday, January 15, 2011

Caramel Candy Brownies and another loaf of bread!

Are you sick of the bread yet?

I'm certainly not...its delicious! 

Friends of ours came for dinner tonight with their daughter, Everly.  When Matt and I were engaged, Maureen and Andy bought us The Bride and Groom First and Forever Cookbook.  Whenever they come, I try to use some recipes out of it to show them how much I love it.  Everything I've made from this book has been fantastic.   I decided on the following menu...

Appetizer:
Brie with Apricot Topping (from the Year of Slowcooking blog)

Main Course:
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan (from the cookbook)
Fetucine Alfredo
Broccoli with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts (from the cookbook)
Sun-dried tomato and mozzarella bread

Dessert:
Caramel Candy Brownies (from the bookbook)
Leftover Peanut Brownies (from my snow day on Wednesday!)

With some help from my parents, who are in from out of town, and Matt, dinner came together perfectly.  That doesn't always happen for me when I try to make dinner.  Something usually is undercooked or burnt or simply doesn't turn out the way I had hoped.  I was lucky this time!

As you can tell, I'm still on my bread machine kick...



For once, the loaf looked different from the outside!


How good do those sun-dried tomatoes look?


The inside was moist and savory.  The bits of tomato were a nice addition.


The caramel candy brownies were a recipe I've been wanting to try from the cookbook I mentioned earlier.  The basic brownie recipe was different from other brownies I had made in the past, but came out pretty good.  The authors of the cookbook said that you could use caramel candies or chopped up snickers.  Who can resist a snickers?  I certainly can't.



The desserts were a perfect ending to a fantastic meal and time with good friends.   Thanks, Maureen, Andy and Everly.  We hope you had a good time and can come again soon!


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