Cleaning out the Pantry-Day (i don’t know)

Have you ever had those days when you’re just too broke to go out and have fun? Too broke to make exciting dishes and baked goods? That is me right now. I spent so much on my birthday and I can’t even afford to do laundry. But this coming pay day, i will do laundry like crazy, clean my apartment and just save, save, save for a KitchenAid mixer. And no, KitchenAid is not a cheap brand for The Source. (As what my brother said, it was.) Do you even know how much a KitchenAid mixer is? The latest edition with tons of speed and different kinds of attachment cost $550. Holy Mackerel! I am saving for the one with 10 speeds, cover, and other options and its a whopping $350 at Crate and Barrel.  Well, I must save so I can make macarons without worrying my mixer (now) won’t break when it comes to making meringues.

So i cleaned out my pantry today. Well, not really clean because i found so much ingredients that i might use in the future. Like, chocolate chips. Different kinds of chocolate chips. I got 5 bags. 3 Semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 dark and 1 white. Well, make it 6. 1 Rainbow chip. Wafer melts, i got that too. I got a belgian chocolate wafer, white, pink and yellow. Nuts? I have lots. Hazelnuts, cashews, slivered cashews, pistachios and ground almonds.  If we have a show called Pantry Wars, I win! Hazelnuts are way too expensive. I remember paying $2o for a bag of hazelnuts. Hmm, maybe i can make hazelnut spread. Homemade hazelnut spread. We will see.

Then i found caramel squares, chocolate squares (white, dark, semi-sweet, milk), tea, jolly ranchers. Since i am broke and need to do some baking because i am having raging hormones, i thought of making Caramel Pecan brownies. But since i don’t have pecans i did some improvising. I never heard of pistachios and caramel before. I googled pistachios and caramel and found ideas.

The brownies turned out so good. Good thing i bought whipping cream beforehand or else i will be doomed. I made them before but this one was better. I was never a fan of pecans. I hated pecans after having too much pecan pie when we moved here in Canada. Pecan for me is overrated.

I can’t upload the picture but here’s the recipe from kraftcanada.com that I revised.

Caramel Pistachio Brownies

4 squares of semi-sweet chocolate or 70% dark chocolate

3/4 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup flour

36 caramel squares

1/3 cup whipping cream (33% or higher)

2 cups pistachios, divided

Heat oven to 350 F. If  using glass baking dish, reduce oven temperature by 325 F.

Line 13×9 inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray with cooking spray or pour 1 tbsp cooking oil and spread it all over the pan by using a pastry brush. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl for 2 mins or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar and eggs; mix well. Stir in flour unitl well blended. Spread half the batter into prepared pan.

Bake 20 mins or until the top is firm to touch. Meanwhile, microwave caramels and cream in medium microwaveable bowl for 2 mins or until caramels begin to melt; stir until caramels are completely melted. Stir in 1 cup of pistachio.

Spread caramel mixture over brownie layer in pan; cover with remaining brownie batter. Top with remaining nuts. Bake 25 minutes 0r 30 minutes if using glass dish or until top is firm to touch. Cool in pan on wire rack. Use foil handles to lift brownies from pan before cutting to serve.

recipe from kraftcanada.com

have fun baking!