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Blizzards, cabin fever and pretzel sandwiches

20cm of snow! Apparently it isn’t a lot of snow at all, but for a couple of Southern Hemisphere natives, and recent arrivals to the cold North American winters, 20cm might as well have been 2 meters of snow (and yes, we are still using metric units of measure here. As they say, baby steps when you are adjusting to something new). Luckily, even though we may not be as prepared as most, our local town council experiences snow on an annual basis, and was more than well enough prepared for what the worst winter in Canada since 2009 had in store. Okay maybe this part isn’t true, but it is certainly the most snow we have ever experienced, especially considering our recent snow experiences.

On the plus side, the stores managed to stay well enough stocked to support a little bit of baking to alleviate the cabin fever from being cooped up inside, which truth be told wasn’t necessary but probably just came about from our fear of venturing outside in -28C weather. But Africa breeds them tough, and even with our sun shine quota at an all time low, the LiveInBaker was still able to whip up:

Oreo Pretzel Sandwiches

Makes 24 pretzel sandwiches


  • 4 ounces (113g) white chocolate
  • 18 Oreo cookies
  • 4 ounces (113g) low fat or full fat cream cheese, softened
  • 48 waffle pretzels

In an ideal world, we would turn the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs with the help of a blender – but since we don’t have one of those nifty gadgets, we had to manually crush the cookies until we had fine crumbs. Now any normal person would have a rolling pin at their disposal to do so, but our modestly stocked kitchen doesn’t have one of these so we used a wine bottle. Crushing the cookies manually takes some time, so keep working at it until you have fine cookie crumbs.

Mix your Oreo crumbs with the softened cream cheese and pop it into the fridge to firm up for about 30 minutes.

Remove your cookie cream cheese mix from the fridge and roll into 24 little balls (about 1-2 teaspoons each). Sandwich each little Oreo ball between two waffle pretzels until you have 24 sandwiches. Pop them in the fridge for an hour to firm up.

Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave and dip each pretzel sandwich into the chocolate. Allow chocolate to set and store your white chocolate covered Oreo pretzel sandwiches in the fridge.

The original inspiration behind this recipe can be found here

The photos:

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Insomnia Cookies!

Today I received an email to the 2011 NYC Halloween pub crawl!

And now thanks to that, I am really missing NYC!

So much so, that I am even considering visiting just for the pub crawl! In case anyone was there for the 2010 pub crawl, I was dressed as Captain America (ironic I know, coming from South Africa and all).

So I was going through some of the photos from my 6 months in NYC, and came across a place which I had almost forgotten about, and I can’t believe I had almost had!

This was the night, that made it an absolute certainty for me, that America makes the best cookies in the world (well at least the parts of the world that I have visited)!

After a meal of sushi, we were walking in the upper west side of Manhattan, more specifically down Amsterdam Avenue, where we came across a sign which called out to us, asking us to come in.

The place in question, Insomnia Cookies!

With a menu like this, who needs enemies?

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If we can “bake” it in New York, we can “bake” it anywhere!

So they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Well it also makes the stomach emptier!

While working in New York, and not having seen the LIB for three months, I decided to ship the LIB over. So after a 17 hour flight, the LIB had crossed the Atlantic ocean for the first time, and was experiencing what it feels like live in a first world country (the LIB actually just squashed a spider with my empty beer bottle “welcome to the third world”).

Growing up in the Free State notorious for its lack of hills or any other notable terrain feature which might interrupt any television signals, we still only had one TV channel available to us. This channel was, surprisingly enough, refered to as TV 1. I remember spending countless hours as a kid watching re-runs of American sitcoms, where a common theme was ready-made Cookie Dough.

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No pads, no helmets, just Balls!

So I’m feeling like I might need to ramp up the gym sessions this week!

Thank goodness the walk to the fridge and back to the couch is a good 10 meter round trip. And of course, if said trip is during the Samoa – Namibia game, and you intend not missing a Samoan try as they romped home over Namibia, the trip needs to be done in about 10 seconds flat.

It is a nice change to work on my cardio instead of simply working on my biceps by lifting bottles of ice-cold Castle to my lips.

The Oreo Balls are here!

Turns out heaven can be found, cooling on a baking sheet!

So how do you go about making these little balls of absolute pleasure?

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Rugby balls and Oreo balls

This is a happy week!

Why, you might be wondering, because this week is the week where my LIB makes another batch of Cake Pops (well in this case, and just for this week, they will be referred to as Oreo Balls).

This will not be our first experience with Cake Pops (and it definitely won’t be our last), the last time being at the Hazel Food Market‘s Coffee and Chocolate festival.

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