Between my b-day coming up this weekend & the lady handing out cake samples at the grocery store, I've got birthday cake on the brain.
My mama always custom ordered my birthday cake from that very same grocery store. Their recipe evidently hasn't changed because one bite of that sample took me back to all those moments when she unveiled the latest creation of her imagination! That darling three tier cake showered with pastel frosting polka dots for my 18th birthday, the decadent white chocolate raspberry cake for my 21st, the cream cheese frostings, the lemon strawberry fillings, calling dibs on the prettiest looking frosting flower & metaphorically putting my name on the slice of cake that literally had my name on it.
You name it, she asked for it! I enjoyed gobbling up these heavenly creations just as much as I loved seeing her proud face when she described what was waiting underneath those fluffy layers of frosting.
That got me to thinking about other things that are also greater than the sum of its parts. Layers that come together to create something even greater...a mix of linens & blankets that take on my shape in a well made bed, the Kit Kat bars & sammiches that I eat half of in normal biting fashion then eat the remainder layer by layer, the medley of tighter to looser fitting clothes in the winter.
And last but not least...the layers of these nutty bars that make for a guilt free snack! My childhood love of Matzo crackers couple with my inability to pronounce some of the ingredients in those Little Debbie Nutty Bars meant I was thrilled to attempt this recipe!
Homemade Nutty Bars, Recipe from The Kitchn, Makes 8 bars
3 unsalted Matzo crackers
½ cup peanut butter (We use Skippy Natural. Shameless plug.)
A heaping ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1.Using a serrated knife, saw each cracker into 4 long rectangles. Then saw each in half crosswise to make 8 total. Each nutty bar will use a stack of 3 rectangles.
2. Heat the peanut butter for a few seconds to soften it slightly. Spread it on a cracker, add another cracker followed by more peanut butter & top with a third cracker. Assemble all 8 bars this way.
3. Heat chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until melted & shiny. Using a knife or pastry brush, smooth a layer of chocolate over the top & sides of the crackers. (I particularly enjoyed getting my hands a lil' chocolaty in this step.)
4. Place completed nutty bar on cookie cooling rack or a parchment covered baking sheet.
5. If you want to really show Little Debbie what's up, draw a crisscross pattern using a toothpick.
6. Pop them into the fridge to harden & keep them chilled until you wish to eat them up!!
One more thing...have a great day on purpose! (Now I must find a recipe for Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pie!!)