crunchy pecan brittle

How To Make Pecan Brittle

The holidays are over, but my nostalgia isn’t. Not when there’s pecan brittle in my pantry.

If you’ve been here before and chanced upon my peanut brittle recipes, I have two. The first one is my mom’s recipe that I revamped into a no-mess version using the microwave. The only problem I have with it is that it uses corn syrup.

A few months later, I posted the stovetop version minus the corn syrup as many regulars of this blog would’ve already expected.

Peanut brittle was a staple at home on Christmas when I was a kid. Now that I have my own kids, we never miss out on making this treat year after year.

We have been making a huge batch to give away to family and friends on Christmas morning ever since I can remember. When my grandma got too old to cook, we started taking over the tradition. But since I was feeling a little extra last Christmas, I used pecans instead.

You get the same sweet and buttery treat, but with a whole new flavor. It’s an upgraded version of the peanut brittle, as I’d like to put it.

As expected, I didn’t use corn syrup in this recipe. If you’re a frequent user of corn syrup, you might want to read more about why it’s something you should avoid.

rice Krispie wrap in dotted paper

How to Make Rice Krispie Treats Without Butter

Over the holidays, I may have had too much butter. With all the treats from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, New Year and all the birthday celebrations in between. I can’t count the times I’ve had butter in delicious confections.

Yet the box of Rice Krispies is waving at me from the kitchen counter and I can’t help but think of making rice krispie treats!

My old recipe is one that uses marshmallow fluff instead of melting marshmallows because I wanted a foolproof recipe that anyone can easily make.

But I want to do something different now – melt my own mallows and make it without butter.

So in this post, I’m going to show you how to make rice krispie treats without butter. Let’s have a healthier take on the delicious treat using only three simple ingredients.

Vegan marshmallows in hot chocolate

How to Make Vegan Marshmallows Without Corn Syrup

The kids and I love mallows so we almost always have a store-bought bag in the pantry. I don’t really make marshmallows at home often. But when I do, it’s for a good reason.

The last time I made marshmallows was during the last cookout we had with friends. We had vegan guests so I thought of making vegan marshmallows so they too can enjoy the s’mores. I posted that recipe a few months back and I made it without using gelatin but with a cup and a half of corn syrup.

Those who have been with me from the time I started this blog know that I try to avoid corn syrup if I can. So if I ever post something that has corn syrup on it, I often come back and recreate that recipe eliminating corn syrup from the ingredients.

So, if you’re like me and you prefer corn syrup-free treats, then this recipe is for you, it’s free of corn syrup and gelatin! This is a great treat to make for your vegan family and friends to indulge in and I’m sure you’ll enjoy making this as much as I did.

How to Make Caramel Sauce Thicker

Caramel sauces come in different textures depending on how thick or thin you want them to be. You can make them really thick for confections, thin for beverages, or vice versa, or maybe even somewhere in between. For a caramel lover like me, there’s no ultimate rule – it’s just a matter of preference.

Having made caramel sauce for years, I’ve found my preferences. I know my ratio well and can play around with the consistency however I want to. Some days I want it thin, other days thick.

I put it on my pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, scones, brownies, turnovers, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pudding, tarts, pretzels, ice cream, waffles, coffee, and even lick it on a spoon! There’s so much you can do with caramel sauce and knowing how to change its’ consistency can do wonders.

Since I started this blog, I’ve added several caramel recipes, each having different consistencies and richness. This includes some recipes using different techniques and ingredients such as making caramel sauce using brown sugar, then there’s another one without cream or butter, and you can also make one using evaporated milk.

If any of these recipes sound interesting to you, feel free to browse and look around. These recipes are sure to work so there’s no trial and error here. There are also plenty of other caramel recipes here for caramel lovers along with recipes for so many more confections that are great for sweet tooths like us.

On the other hand, if you have your own caramel sauce recipe, but find it too thin for some of your confections, you don’t need to whip up a thicker batch. Keep that jar.

spanish flan with cherry on top

Super Easy Spanish Flan Recipe

With Thanksgiving over, Christmas is just around the corner. One thing I look forward to on Christmas Eve when I was a kid was my grandma’s Spanish flan.

We are not of Spanish descent, but my grandma’s best friend was half Spanish. She used to bring us Spanish desserts and the flan was my favorite. As grandma started making it on her own, it was one of the recipes I asked her to share with me when I started to do my own stuff in the kitchen.

It’s easy to prepare and doesn’t usually take more than 15 minutes. After preparation, all you have to do is pop it in the oven and wait for an hour. You can do so much more in that timeframe, especially if you’re cooking a feast.

I like to have this delectable dessert after a sumptuous meal of grilled or roasted meat. But really, you can have it anytime even when it’s not Christmas. On a normal day, it’s a great treat to enjoy just because.

It has a rich caramel syrup on top of creamy custard, so what’s not to love about this dessert? Even my kids love it and we have it every now and then even if it’s not a special occasion.

Caramel Without Corn Syrup

How to Make Caramel Without Corn Syrup

Making caramel with out corn syrup is the way to go. Although corn syrup is really useful for making candies, it’s not the only game in town. Learn some alternatives in this recipe and make delicious caramel at the same time!

Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

How to Make Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

One of the first few recipes I posted on this page was how to make brownie brittles. If you’re like me who loves crunchy brownie edges, brownie brittles will excite you like no other. Imagine, you no longer have settle for the edges because the entire batch is like the edges!

Hard Candy Without Corn Syrup

How to Make Hard Candy Without Corn Syrup

It’s that time of the year again when overloading ourselves with sweets is excused. Well, sweets are a regular in my kitchen year-round, but since the holidays are here, we have more reasons to make more and more for our own consumption and to give away to friends and family.

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