In this post, you will find:

  • New cookies
  • How to top sweets with salt crystals
  • Salted Peanut Brittle Recipe
  • Strawberry Coconut Cream Cupcake Recipe
  • Soft Pretzel Sandwich Rolls

Saturdays are fun.  They are also busy.  People drive out to The Pantry on Saturday when they don’t have time during the week.  And we can pretty well cook and bake all day.  Everyone gets a treat.  This is what we made on Saturday:

Cookies

We made three kinds of cookies including Double Chocolate Fudgy Cookies and Cranberry Fudge Breakfast Cookies.  Both are on sale and we sold a ton of them.

Salted Peanut Brittle

We took a peanut brittle recipe and sprinkled salt on the warm candy, medium Himalayan Pink Salt.  I passed out several batches in the store and folks told me it was the best brittle ever.

The guide for topping sweets with salt crystals is to add just as much crystals as you have salt in the recipe.  It’s only a guide.  In the case of the Salted Peanut Butter Recipe, there is salt in the butter and the peanuts are salted so guide doesn’t work.  You want enough salt to create a saltiness like a snack cracker (the saltiness of potato chips is the limit for me) and to make the sweet flavors more pronounced.  You can add salt crystals to candy, cookies, and on frosting.

Get your pink salt here!

Strawberry Coconut Cream Cupcakes

Kelli Tracy was my partner in the test kitchen on Saturday and she came up with this luscious creation.  These are great cupcakes for Easter weekend or a spring party.  See the components.

  • A cream cake cupcake base.  Loaded with goodies, these cupcakes needed more substance than found with the cheap store-bought mixes.  We used a Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix which is a cream cake, a density half way between a light cake and a pound cake.
  • A strawberry and cream filling.  We put a squirt of Bavarian Cream in each and then Strawberry Pastry Filling to create a swirled effect.  See how to fill cupcakes.
  • A strawberry cream frosting.  We added strawberry pastry filling to the frosting but you could also use strawberry jam.
  • We tinted sweetened coconut with Deep Pink Color and rolled the tops of the cupcakes through the coconut.

Choose your pastry fillings here!

Soft Pretzel Bread Sandwich Buns

These may have been the hit of the day—soft pretzel bread with a soft, very chewy crust.  This is a mix in development but it has great potential as hamburger and hotdog buns and for sandwiches.  One of the visitors in the store suggested using it for panini sandwiches.  Good idea.

We sliced the buns, added a little very good Caramelized Onion Whipped Mustard and Manwaring Cheese.

Folks were very disappointed that we didn’t have the mix ready.  That happens when we share ideas in progress.  Look for the mix in about two weeks.

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We’ll see you on the next post.