Isn’t it ironic….


I’m hoping a good many of your know where I am going with this post. :D

So Canada played USA Sunday for the gold medal. It was a good game all around, with USA hockey goalie (and my fantasy hockey goalie), Ryan Miller, playing outstanding (he did the whole tournament…I wish I could use the Olympic games for my fantasy hockey stats). With just seconds remaining in the game, USA tie the game, forcing it to go to overtime.

Canada won in overtime. On a goal by none other than….Sidney Crosby. Why yes boys and girls, in the ultimate Karma revenge, the very favorite player of Mr. Parking Lot F-bomb Dropper scored in overtime.  Against the very team Mr. Parking Lot F-bomb Dropper was rooting for. Thus, giving Canada the gold medal in Men’s Hockey. Even if you wanted USA to win, if you read this blog, you still probably thought it was kind of a little cool that it happened like that. :P

Let us not forget the Canadian women. They brought home the gold as well. Though, not without controversy. Now while I must agree it was probably not the best choice in today’s world of political correctness to go drink beer, champagne, and smoke cigars on the ice, I can’t really say I blame them. Heck, my team celebrates with beer weekly for just surviving the game. I have an extra bonus beer if I stayed upright the whole game. :) So I could see where they could get caught up in the excitement.

I’m glad the Olympics are over now truthfully. NBC coverage was insanely craptastic. They kept featuring only the same people over and over again. I mean, I like Apollo, but my goodness people I don’t need to know every detail of his childhood and other mundane info like that. And don’t even get me started about what events they chose to show.
But mainly I am happy to have to stop the our country is better than yours bullshit that so many of my friends tried to start. When USA beat Canada in the preliminary game I got many a text and email saying ha, ha. And my response to them was simply that the US played a great game and deserved the win. Because they did. But when Canada won gold, we then had to move on to Canada may have won gold in hockey, but the US won the most medals overall. Well, Canada won the most gold overall….and I’ve always been a quality over quantity kind of gal myself. ;) Needless to say, I am ready for the pissing matches to be over and done with. Congrats to all of the athletes from all of that participating countries for representing your countries well.

Butterscotch is about as close to gold color as you can get in the baking world (except gold leaf but that stuff freaks me out for some reason). So I broke down and made a recipe that I had been avoiding making for the last couple of years. I marked it right away when I got the Sweet Melissa cookbook but then never made it. Because I knew anything with salted cashews in it would trigger me and I would eat it all. Yep, I was right. These are very similar to a Payday candy bar, minus the chocolate. Though I think a few chocolate chips scattered on top of these would go nicely.


Butterscotch Cashew Bars

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 ¼ tsp salt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
11 ounces butterscotch chips
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 TBSP plus 1 tsp water
2 cups roasted salted whole cashews

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

Using two sheets of parchment paper, line the pan’s width and length, creating a parchment “sling.” Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and salt for 1 to 1 & 1/2 minutes. Decrease mixer speed to low and add the flour. Mix just until combined. Lightly press dough evenly into the prepared pan. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust is a golden color. Remove to wire rack to cool.

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, stir together butterscotch chips, corn syrup, and water. Stir until mixture comes to a simmer and butterscotch chips are melted. Pour over crust.

Sprinkle cashews over the butterscotch caramel. Bake for 5 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. After cooling, remove from pan and use a very sharp knife to cut into bars.
Makes 2 dozen 2-inch bars.

Source:The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy

Comments

  1. These look delicious. I’ve never tried baking with cashews but I can imagine they taste wonderful with the butterscotch

  2. While I’m a Team USA fan, I love your story. I love when mean people are also ignorant. It makes it so much easier to laugh the incident off. You can pity them and they don’t even realize they deserve pity. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sweet, delicious irony… Perfect with a butterscotch bar on the side (evil laugh :D )

  4. I kind of forgot the Olympics were on. I’m sure I’m not the only one!

    My dad would love these. He’s lactose-intolerant so he’s hard to bake for. These would work!

  5. When Sidney Crosby scored and Canada won I thought of you and your Parking Lot F-Bomb Dropper…
    Score Peabody! Too bad NBC didn’t have a scoop on that!

  6. The bars look to die for…an the Parking Lot F Bomb Dropper – lol, last laugh is on him. AND he probably doesn’t even know it. :D

  7. That Hockey game was epic! It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire game and when the US tied it up we were all very very afraid! Glad that F- bomb’s favorite “American Player” scored the winning goal. it was super awesome! (and when they interviewed Crosby after the winning goal he was really humble and admited that he didn’t even see it or really know what happened! True Canadian!)

    Butterscotch Cashew bars…YUM I’d lvoe to give this recipe a go!

  8. OMG. I’m just trying to process the beautiful words that create those bars. Butterscotch. Salted. Cashews. *faints*
    I need to try one of those bars before I die, That sounds so good I think it could even become my new favorite cookie bar. THANK YOU SO MUCH (:

  9. Oh, yeah! I made these this past Memorial Day weekend and wanted to eat them all. Unfortunately, I had to take them to a party and there was none last for a secret home stash. They were so fantastic, though. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. lisa marie says:

    peabody,
    not to be nit-picky but as a huge payday lover, I must point out that a payday does not have chocolate.

  11. Loved your original story (even though it was a verbal assault for you -sorry) and love even more this karma end to the tale.

    Go team Canada. It was an amazing moment when we scored that winning goal…

  12. got a bunch of cashews don’t know what to do with it. now i know.thanks for the inspiration ^_^

  13. Melissa says:

    Oh yum! Made these this morning and they are delightful! Way to go on dropping the pounds too. You look beautiful (but you were before, too!)

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