My blog is one year old! As of yesterday, actually, which also happens to be my brother’s (30th) birthday. (Happy Birthday Colin!) It was merely a coincidence and a lack of patience that caused my blog to be birthed on the same day as my brother, but it certainly makes it easier to remember its birthday. But first let’s talk about this recipe:
Dessert Sushi. Do you guys think I’m crazy? Is this weird? It’s probably weird. I’ll understand if you never come back here. But maybe it’s really good! Robert thought it was good. I liked it too, although you don’t need much. Let’s not figure out how many calories are in one of these bad boys. A little certainly goes a long way, especially when you’ve been staring at, smelling and eating the candy the whole time you’re making it.
This recipe would be great for a fun, themed party, or in our case … a Gilmore Girls marathon. If you’re a fan you could probably guess that this was inspired by the Asia-focused episode of Season 7 (episode 2, “That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee”). To finish off Robert’s first time through the show (and my 9th? time) with an epic bang, we had a marathon this weekend of the final 6 episodes, complete with pizza (Dominos), Chinese takeout, junk food, coffee, cookies, cake and this sushi. I miiiiiiight have a sugar/carb/sodium coma hangover today. Tonight requires a large salad for dinner.
This sushi is just for fun because what is food blogging without the fun? It would just be words about food, and this place is for more than that. I went with a salty-sweet, chocolate-pretzel-caramel situation with my sushi, but you could take it in another direction. You could be really cheeky and throw in some Swedish fish. Definitely go crazy with it because it’s dessert sushi for goodness’ sake – no one is going to take you seriously anyway.
Now let’s talk about this blog. This thing was my brain baby for about 2.5 years before it finally launched, and I’m so glad that I took the leap. I’ve made a lot of wonderful internet friends (some of whom I got to meet in real life!), improved my drawing and digital painting skills through my illustrations, I learn more about photography every time Robert and I do a photo shoot together for the blog, and thankfully I still have more ideas for this space than I have time for.
But here’s a secret that’s maybe not-so-secret: Blogging is kinda hard. Sometimes when I am staying up far too late on a weeknight to finish a post, I definitely ask myself why I’m doing this. Or when I’m freaking out because we’re running out of light for our photo shoot, or when an illustration takes me 3 hours longer to complete than I had hoped it would. I’ve been doing my best to keep this blog as stress-free a space as possible. That’s why you might see me go two weeks without posting on here. Sometimes with life happening and being away on the weekends, it can take about two weeks (or more) of working on these posts, little by little every weeknight, before they are ready for the “publish” button. Then again, it’s a known fact that sometimes the things most worth doing are not always easy. I think this is a great example of that.
But blogging can also be really easy. I was talking to Robert recently about my blog, and I told him that I don’t think I’ve ever felt more myself before in my life than I have while working on this project. I love having this space where I can talk about my weird obsessions, both with food and non-food things, and create personal artwork that I’m excited about, and collaborate with my super-talented husband. And, I get to share it with all of you. That’s why this is easy – YOU, my wonderful readers, make this easy. Every time I hit “publish” and watch the comments and feedback roll in, I know that I’m 100% supposed to be doing this. Even though I occasionally lose sleep because of it, I know in my bones that it’s what I’m meant to do at this point in time.
To show my gratitude and love for you, I’m giving away a copy of one of my favorite cookbooks I’ve acquired since starting this blog – Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys. My obsession with this book has been well-documented on here and on my Tumblr. I think it’s one of those “must-have” cookbooks for everyone, whether you’re a mom (with or without boys), a single person living alone or with roommates to feed, or a couple with no kids. It’s chock-full of perfect everyday recipes that will keep your kitchen well-stocked with delicious food. There are two ways you can enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite guilty pleasure snack is.
2. “Like” Cake Over Steak on Facebook and then share this post, tagging Cake Over Steak so I can see it. Then just come back over here and leave a second comment telling me you did so. This makes it easier for me to keep track of everything so I can pick the winner from comments alone.
You have until 11:59pm (Eastern time) on Monday, November 24th to enter, and then I will contact the winner and get his/her address so I can tell Amazon where to ship it.
**** This giveaway is now closed.
Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to share my life and food with you. I appreciate you all.
p.s. This recipe uses the filling from a lot of Golden Oreos. Hang onto those leftover cookies and use them for a pie crust instead of graham crackers, or just spread Nutella and/or peanut butter on them.
- "penny rod" pretzels (or similar stick-shaped pretzels)
- ¼ cup chocolate pudding (about 1 pudding cup)
- 1 package Golden Oreos
- at least 3 regular-sized Cow Tales or 6-9 mini ones
- 6-9 Twix bars
- to serve: chocolate syrup (optional)
- In a food processor, pulse 24 pretzel rods until only small pieces remain. (As you can see in the photos, my pretzels were kind of fat and short. If yours are a different size, you will have to adjust your pretzel count accordingly.) Add the ¼ cup chocolate pudding and ¼ cup water and pulse to combine. The mixture should feel moistened and spongey, and stick together when you form a ball. If it's too crumbly add more water, and if it's too wet and sticky add more pretzels. Remove the mixture to another bowl. Set aside and wipe out the food processor. It should wipe clean very easily.
- To make the Oreo cream mixture, pulse together 3 whole Oreos and the filling from 30 Oreos in the food processor. Process until everything sticks together and pulls away to the edges of the food processor bowl. Set aside.
- Lay out a rectangle of wax paper on your work surface and place ½ cup of the pretzel mixture on it. Using a rolling pin, roll that into a thin rectangle that measures about 4.5 by 6 inches. Trim the edges and move pieces as necessary so you end up with a very clean rectangle with square corners.
- Using about ⅓ or less of your Oreo cream mixture, spread an even layer of it across the whole rectangle. It does not need to be a very thick layer, just enough to cover it.
- Starting about one inch from the edge of the rectangle, lay out a line of your filling ingredients (Cow Tales, Twix bars and more pretzels), following the longer edge. You will need to cut your Twix bars in half length-wise and cut your pretzels into smaller, thinner chunks. Keep those items as close together as possible. I laid the Cow Tales and Twix next to each other, and then put the pretzel pieces on top of those.
- Starting from the edge near your filling ingredients, use your wax paper to help you start rolling the rectangle into a log. Go slowly and try to tuck everything in as tightly as possible.
- When your log, or "sushi roll," is complete, use a serrated knife to carefully cut it into pieces about ¾ inch thick. You should end up with 6-8 pieces. Use your hands to gently reshape your pieces into more of a circular shape if they got squished during the cutting process.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make more rolls. Serve with chocolate syrup for dipping and enjoy!