No matter what you call it, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, in any language it is an excuse to eat all that good crap that is really REALLY bad for you!
A tradition in my family when I was a child was to indulge in the classic polish Paczki on Fat Tuesday. I am keeping that traditional alive in our household too, or at least attempting to. The Paczkis I purchased had an unfortunate accident.
See, I purchased them on Friday with the intent of sharing them with the family on Tuesday. But, well, there was an accident. They accidently ended up in my mouth. So, instead of breaking the tragic news to the kiddos I did what any self-respecting momma would do and I hit up my pantry for a replacement treat (Death of the Paczkis by means of mommy’s mouth was not a conversation I was ready for at their young, delicate, ages).
So, after raiding my pantry for what seemed like eternity (I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning it out. I tossed a lot of expired items, wiped down the shelves, etc. If it wasn’t for me eating all those Paczkis my pantry would be an ever-loving mess right now.) I did finally come across enough ingredients to produce the sugar spike in the kiddos systems that would hopefully be comparable to, if not better than, an actual Paczki. Here’s what I found…..
- 1 bag large marshmallows
- 6 cups rice krispies
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- ½ bag chocolate chip morsels melted in double boiler
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter melted
And here is what I did with all those ingredients….
In mixer add powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
Melt butter on range in large pot. Add bag of Marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Slowly add cups of krispies cereal to melted marshmallows stirring continuously. Once all ingredients are thoroughly mixed remove from heat.
Pour half the krispies and marshmallow goodness into a bunt cake pan (THIS IS IMPORTANT: spray pan with cooking spray). Grab the peanut butter mixture and place over the krispies and marshmallow mix. Then place remaining krispies and marshmallow mix over the peanut butter mixture. Then place in the refrigerator for an hour or freezer for ½ hour.
Remove bunt from refrigerator or freezer, place upside-down on cake pedestal or plate, remove bunt pan, and voila! Now admire what a wonderful job you did! What an amazing mom you are.
Final steps! Melt the chocolate chip morels in a double boiler and drizzle over the cake/treat. Melt peanut butter and drizzle over the cake. Grab a napkin and remove the drool from your face. Place treat in refrigerator for a few minutes until the chocolate and peanut butter hardens.
Final step….and this is the most important….pour a cold glass of milk and cut off a slice of this…
The kiddos were pleasantly surprised by this delicious treat and their blood sugar seemed to spike nicely, similar to a Paczki. Perhaps next year’s Paczkis will have a similar fate?
What is your go to food/foods for a Fat Tuesday fix?