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Snack Attack | Chewy Granola Bars

December 4, 2012

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Friends, the holiday season is upon us! Have you noticed?

Christmas music has begun to play in the stores, new seasonal drinks are now available at Starbucks and the like (Peppermint Mochas!), and every evening when Bella and I get out for a walk, there are lights twinkling inside and outside of all the houses. (Oh, and it’s also dark by 4:30pm, hence the craptastic photos. Sorry friends, I couldn’t wait to share this recipe!) I love this time of year, but I must say, it really has creeped up on me this time around. Christmas is merely a few weeks away!

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Every year when December hits, I find myself scrambling to bake Christmas goodies, get my shopping done, and partake in fun holiday activities. Sometimes I am scrambling so much that I forget to take a breath and enjoy it all. And really, the main reason I am so in love with this time of year is that there is practically a standing excuse to gather together with friends and family to celebrate. There is something purely magical about coming together, eating delicious food, and toasting to the season with those people that bring joy to your heart. Call me a cheeseball, but I just luuuurrrrrve it.

On my bucket list for this holiday season:

  1. Go on a sleigh ride. I don’t know how I’m going to make this happen, but I’m sure gonna try! Anyone got a horse I could borrow? And a sleigh?
  2. Make a gingerbread house. Even though gingerbread houses never seem to get eaten (who wants to eat all that candy and cookie business after it’s been gathering dust for weeks?!), the process is so darn fun! And by process I mean putting more candy in your mouth than you put on the house. Magical.
  3. Watch one Christmas movie every week from now until Christmas. Top on the list – Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and It’s a Wonderful Life (which I’ve never seen before – how?!)
  4. Fill a huge thermos with hot chocolate and Bailey’s, get a group of my favorite people together, and go tobogganing.
  5. Learn how to play an easy Christmas tune on the guitar. A party ain’t a party without a sing-a-long.
  6. Donate to those in need. I am very inspired by this.

…to name a few. What are some of the activities on your holiday bucket list?

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The holiday parties have begun. Time to get my arse in gear. But in all of this busy-ness, one cannot forget to eat! No problemo, I’ve got you covered with a dense and energy-packed granola bar that you can grab for a quick breakfast or snack on the run. I have been searching for ages for the perfect granola bar recipe. One that is chewy, not too sweet, and somewhat healthy.  The original recipe (taken from Whitewater Cooks) uses corn syrup, but I substituted brown rice syrup with great results. I’d really like to find a way to cut down a bit on the butter and sugar, but for now, it will do. This recipe makes a rather large batch, but they freeze very well once cut and put into an airtight container. I have also cut the recipe in half without issue – just use a smaller cookie sheet.

Feel free to change these up by adding your favorite mix-ins. I definitely recommend including the sesame seeds as they add a delicious crunch to these chewy bars. Any kind of dried fruit can be subbed in for the raisins, and some dark chocolate chips would take them to a whole other level.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the balsam friends. 😉

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Chewy Granola Bars (slightly adapted from Whitewater Cooks)

Makes 24 very generous bars.

1 cup butter, softened

1 ½ cups peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 ½ TBSP. vanilla

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup brown rice syrup

6 cups large flake oats

1 cup shredded coconut, toasted

1 cup sunflower seeds, toasted

1 cup sesame seeds, toasted

2 cups dried fruit/chocolate

Lightly toast the coconut, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat, then set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and brown sugar. Add in the brown rice syrup and mix, and then add the remaining ingredients and stir by hand.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large (ie. 12 x 18 inch) cookie sheet with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown around the perimeter and just set in the centre. Let cool slightly and then cut into bars. Freeze if the bars will not be consumed within a few days.

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Help, I’m Alive | A Winner!

November 19, 2012

Hiiiiiiiiii.

Wowie, what a couple of weeks it’s been! No rest for the wicked, as they say. I’ve been having some good times with friends and family, and so I took a wee little break from blogging to soak up that goodness. Making time for the special people, places, and food in our lives – it’s important!

Here are a few shots of what I’ve been up to, courtesy of my iPhone and Instagram (@onceuponarecipe).

Drinking overpriced seasonal beverages. You just gotta.

Shoveling…

Eating. As per usual.

Capturing pretty early winter sunsets.

Eating more. Enjoying treats with friends. 

Playing in the snow with this crazy girl. 

Playing in the snow makes me hungry. Late night cookies!

Music break! The amazing Metric.

Dinner parties! (PS. They’re even better when someone cooks for you).

Muah.

Oh, and we have a winner from the blogoversary giveaway!

 

The winner was chosen by the random number generator, and I must say, I chuckled when I discovered who #32 was. You see, I won a giveaway on Kristy’s blog about a year ago. My friend – I am so tickled that I get to share all of these goodies with you! Please email your full mailing address to onceuponarecipe[dot]amanda[at]gmail[dot]com and I will get this little package shipped off to you ASAP!

And to everyone else who entered, thank you. It was fun to read about everyone’s favorite kitchen tools. My KitchenAid stand mixer is definitely at the top of my list, and a glass of wine makes cooking and baking infinitely more enjoyable than it already is!

More recipes coming your way soon! xoxo

Year Two | A Blogoversary Giveaway! {CLOSED}

November 6, 2012

Bonjour friends!

Guess what? In the midst of celebrating my own birthday (plus the birthdays of special friends and Halloween), I missed the two year anniversary of this here blog of mine. Two years! That is total crazy town. While I don’t always have the time to post as often as I’d like, this place has become a safe haven for me – a place where I can share my thoughts (and of course, recipes) and completely be myself. As soon as I figure out a way to squeeze 30 hours of living into 24, this is the first place where I will happily spend more time.

To mark this momentous occasion, I thought I would do a lil’ recap of my top 10 favorite recipes that I’ve posted on the blog so far. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

1.Kindness Cookies

2.Banana Bread Oatmeal Pancakes

3.Curried Cream Cheese Dip with Dried Cranberries, Green Onion, and Pine Nuts

4.Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

5.Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

6.Red Lotus Martini

7.Nana’s Cinnamon Buns

8.Cranberry Oat Scones

9.Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Your Way

10.Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Toasted Marshmallow Cupcakes

And now, onto the real reason you’re all here, the giveaway! Without you, this blog would be nothing. YOU are the reason I write, share, and vent the often ridiculous contents of my brain. You’re all gems, and to thank you, I want to give you all the chance to win this little diddy of a gift – some of my favorite kitchen tools and treats!

What you see here…

1. Stainless steel measuring spoons. To get those cupcakes/cookies/cakes juuuuuust right.

2. Two deliciously soft grey microfibre dishtowels (these are great for cleaning glasses).

3. Cute cupcake liners! And good quality too.

4. My favorite spatula by Tovolo – double-ended means double duty. I use this for mixing, scraping, spreading, you name it. Trés fab.

5. The most wonderful olive oil I have ever tasted, from Evoolution, a local boutique olive oil and balsamic vinegar store.

6. My favorite herbal tea, Yogi Egyptian Licorice. (Yogi also gives good advice, as demonstrated in the first photo in this post).

7. Two of my favorite chocolate bars – Sea Salt and Orange Intense, both by Lindt. For those midnight/morning/afternoon chocolate cravings.

Contest is open to residents of Canada and the continental United States. To enter, leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite kitchen item is. 

For additional entries: 1) Subscribe to Once Upon a Recipe, 2) “Like” Once Upon a Recipe on Facebook, 3) Follow “@onceuponarecipe” on Instagram, and/or 4) Follow onceuponarecipe on Pinterest, and leave me an additional comment telling me that you did so (for each additional item). Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 16 at noon MDT. One winner will be chosen at random. 

*Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by me, myself, and I, along with my deep affection for you lovely peoples!

More recipes to come soon friends! Happy Tuesday! xoxo

Sometimes You Just Need a Cookie | Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

October 22, 2012

Sometimes life just calls for a cookie. And not just any cookie. A humungous cookie that can be made in one bowl (a skillet, to be exact), is ready in less than 30 minutes, and that can be topped with a scoop or two of ice cream, and eaten straight out of said skillet as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Possible life events that may necessitate the making and the consumption of a skillet cookie:

-You had a bad day at work. Make yourself a skillet cookie. Invite friends over. You do not want to be faced with the task of eating the whole cookie yourself. I mean, you do, but you really don’t. You know?

-A good friend is going through a rough time. Make your friend a skillet cookie, give her some wine to help her wash it down (milk, what?), and most importantly, help her eat it.

-It’s that time of the month. Aunt Flo is visiting, the monthly curse, etc. What woman doesn’t use PMS as an excuse to eat a little extra chocolate? See point #1.

-Boy troubles.

-You have chocolate chips in your cupboard that are about to go bad and you must use them immediately, for fear of chocolate going to waste. That just wouldn’t be acceptable.

-You feel like eating a cookie.

-It’s Monday.

But really, if you need an excuse to enjoy a delicious, extra-large, hot, ooey-gooey cookie, you probably wouldn’t have come here in the first place. (However, if you do, I’ll gladly feed you as many excuses as you need. I’ve got your back.).

This recipe comes straight from here. No additions or substitutions needed, it’s quite perfect the way it is. I have made this skillet cookie more times than I care to admit since I first came across the recipe. It’s so darn easy, so good, and I always have the necessary ingredients on hand. Feel free to use your favorite kind of chocolate. My favorite is dark chocolate chips. Rumor has it that dark chocolate is full of many good-for-you things (antioxidants, iron, magnesium). See? This cookie is practically doing your body a favor. Get on it!

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (from the lovely Sophistimom)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Melt the butter in an 8-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-low heat. Stir in the sugars and vanilla and remove from heat. Let rest until pan is warm, but no longer very hot, about 5 minutes.

Add in the egg and mix well. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until starting to turn golden around the edges, and the centre is just set. Don’t overbake! Enjoy immediately (with ice cream, if you wish).

You’re totally going to burn your tongue on the first bite. Just sayin. 😉

28 Lessons for 28 Years

October 11, 2012

Today is my 28th birthday. Happy birthday to me!

And because it’s my birthday, I don’t have a recipe to share with you today. Instead, I have some words of wisdom for you to chew on (pun intended). You see, it’s easy to scowl and complain about getting older. But guess what? Another year older means another year of experiences, lessons, and hopefully, a more enriched life. And that is nothing to complain about. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve thought and I’ve reflected, and I’ve come up with this list. I’ve seen a few other bloggers create these kinds of posts on their birthdays, and I found them to be very intriguing. And when I started to think of all of the things I’ve learned in my 28 years, I was amazed at all of the lessons that squeeze themselves into life, every day.

Here are the 28 most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my life so far. I don’t doubt that there are many more to come. Bring it on, life.

1.Stay true to your friends ’cause they’ll save you in the end. (Thanks Sam Roberts). My friends are responsible for 50% of my sanity (and some of my insanity too).

2. Be good to your parents. (My parents are responsible for the other 50%. Love you Mom and Dad).

3.Life is too short to not eat dessert, at least once a day in a while. So order the damn dessert. And for goodness sake, enjoy it! No complaining about how it’s going straight to your butt/thighs/love handles. That’s rude. Respect the dessert!

4. “I really regret that workout.” ~ No One Ever. Sweat it out! Your body and mind will thank you. (And then you can do more of #3). Winning!

5. Some people are just douchebags (or douchebagettes). You can’t change ’em, so don’t even try.

6.On that note, surround yourself with people that love you for who you are, respect you, support you, and make you feel good about yourself.

7. Be thankful. It’s so easy to focus on what you don’t have, but try to focus on all of the wonderful things that you do have.

8. Smile. It makes you look pretty and it attracts good, happy, smiley people to you. We all need more good, happy, smiley people in our lives!

9. Tell the people in your life that you care for them. Don’t assume that they know. Family, friends, significant others, tell them you love and appreciate them.

10.Travel. See other places. There’s a whole world out there! (I’m workin’ on it!)

11. Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now. Look at the big picture. Immediate gratification isn’t everything.

12. Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.

13. Cereal can totally pass for dinner. Totally.

14. Trust your intuition. It’s called a gut feeling for a reason.

15. When you think you’ve had a bit too much to drink, it’s probably already too late.  Drink water. Late-night greasy food usually helps. Advil doesn’t hurt either. You’re going to feel terrible in the morning. But don’t worry, the memory of the pain will only last until the next time you decide to make bad decisions.

16. Wear fabulous underwear, even if you are the only person who is going to see it.

17. Spend time alone. Cook for yourself. Go places by yourself. Live by yourself, if you can, even for a short while. You learn important things about yourself when you’re hanging out with just you. “We must be our own before we can be another’s.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. Don’t let comparison steal your joy. You are your own person, and the fact that you are not like everybody else is a truly wonderful thing. (Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and tell this to my 13, 16, and 18-year old self. And let’s face it, my 27-year old self too).

19. Try new things as often as you can. Take up a new hobby. Play a new sport. Join a club. You might stumble across something that you really enjoy. Plus, trying new things = meeting new people. And meeting new people is fun!

20. Try not to be so hard on yourself. I’m lookin’ at you, kid.

21. A good friend comes to the rescue with a listening ear, the absence of judgment, encouraging words, wine, and a skillet cookie. Never underestimate the healing power of a skillet cookie.

22. Learn to play an instrument. It’s sexy.

23. You are much stronger than you think. (You really, truly are. Believe it.)

24. Give a crap about your appearance. It’s reasonable to let yourself slide on occasion. And by slide I don’t mean wear your pajama pants to the grocery store. We’re talking a small slide here, more of a skid really. Get dressed, brush your hair, and make an effort. You never know who you might run into.

25. Learn how to graciously accept a compliment. When someone takes the time to pay you a compliment, chances are that they did not do so just to hear you negate what they’ve said. Accepting a compliment does not make you vain or stuck up. If someone tells you that you look great/did a great job/are great, they probably mean it (and it’s probably true). Simply say thank you. PS. I am so bad at accepting compliments. Workin’ on it!

26. Sometimes when it seems like things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place. There is a crazy order to the universe, but rest assured, the universe is not trying to make your life miserable forever. It is just guiding you along to where you are supposed to be. Have a little faith.

27. If you can’t walk in them, you shouldn’t be wearing them. No really, clumsy is not sexy. Toppling over is not sexy. Looking like you’ve got a broomstick shoved up your hoo ha is not sexy. It just isn’t. And while you’re at it, put on a freaking jacket when it’s 30 below! Hypothermia definitely isn’t sexy. Yeesh.

28. Wine. That is the answer, don’t ask questions.

Thanks for reading friends, today and every day. I appreciate you more than you know.

And on that joyous note, I’m outtie. Party time! xoxo

Giving Thanks | Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip

October 8, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

Today I will be making a concentrated effort to stuff myself to the gills with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Actually, pumpkin this, which is what I will be contributing to tonight’s dinner. I can’t wait to try it! Oh, and I don’t doubt that there will be plenty of wine consumption as well. What is a day holiday without wine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to think about what we are thankful for. I remember as a young child in grade school, art classes around this time of year were always focused on colorful leaves, turkeys, and giving thanks. Even now, twenty years later, I still take a moment to think about some of the wonderful things in my life at Thanksgiving.

Driving to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday (the first of two), I passed many houses with cars in the driveways and lining the streets. I thought of all of the families and friends gathering together to share a meal and give thanks for this beautiful life that we live. And I felt so thankful knowing that I had a house full of family waiting for me. I know that not everyone is so lucky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s kind of a shame that we don’t recognize all of these wonderful things more often. It’s so darn easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and to focus on negative things. How tired we are, how much work we have to do, how we don’t have the money to do this or buy that, and the list goes on. We live in a bit of a pessimistic society, no?

So today, I encourage you to think of five things in your own life that you are most thankful for. You don’t have to share them with anyone but yourself. But you might be surprised at just how much you’ve got goin’ on. You’re pretty awesome, in case you need to be reminded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or not, I do encourage you to try this little number. This dip comes from one of my coworkers (thanks K!) – she brought it to a potluck at work and everyone raved about it. Apparently she always gets requests for “the apple dip” when attending potlucks, and I can see taste why. It is SO delicious! And incredibly simple. And a great way to enjoy Fall’s apple bounty! I brought it to dinner yesterday, and when we ran out of apples, we just used our fingers to finish it off. We’re classy like that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip

8 oz. light cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed

~1/3 to 1/2 cup caramel sauce

2 Skor bars, finely chopped

Mix the cream cheese and brown sugar together well. Spread evenly into the bottom of a shallow dish (~8 x 10″) or pie plate. Pour the caramel sauce over top and gently spread it out evenly. Feel free to add more or less caramel, depending on your tastes. Top with the chopped Skor bar. You could also top with shaved or chopped chocolate, if you prefer. Cover and refrigerate until consumption. Serve with sliced apples. Pears would be delicious too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take good care, friends! xoxo

How I Survived a Half Marathon | (And Lived to Eat) Pumpkin Toffee Ice Cream

October 4, 2012

You are much stronger than you think.

I repeated this phrase approximately 149 times in my head during the 1 hour, 57 minutes, and 19 seconds that it took me to complete my first half marathon. 21.1 km. Boom.

To say I was nervous going into this race is a major understatement. My training didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Motivation was hard to find at certain points. Life easily got in the way of going for a run (Geez life! Why you gotta be like that?). I overtrained in the final month before the race, leading to terrible shin splints a couple of weeks before the big day. I obsessively googled race day tips. I almost bought a new pair of shoes with 7 days to go.

My uncle gave me some great advice about a month ago. He encouraged me to visualize the race and how it would feel to finish. After our conversation, I spent a few minutes before I fell asleep every night thinking about what crossing the finish line would feel like. The sights I would see. What I would smell. Hear. Every time I would add more specific detail. Standing at the starting line, there was no doubt in my mind that I would finish the race. I had envisioned it so many times.

The thing is, we are all capable of so much more than our minds allow us to believe. My yoga instructor often says “Keep breathing. There is nothing that you cannot breathe through”…often in the third minute of thunderbolt pose, when our legs are burning, ready to give out. “Just breathe,” she tells us. “You are much stronger than you think.”

And so I breathed deeply as I repeated “You are much stronger than you think” over and over. And over.

The first 10km clipped right by. In fact, when I passed the 10km marker, I was surprised. Almost half way! My surprise gave me hope that the next 10km would fly by just as quickly. The next marker I hit read “13km”. I felt like it should have read 15km. You’re over half way there, I reminded myself. You can do this!

And then the wheels started to fall off the bus. One of my water bottles popped out of my fuel belt and bounced around on the ground behind me. I skidded to a halt and tried to quickly grab it without disturbing any of the other runners. I grabbed the bottle. It jumped out of my hands again. I ended up half-lunging, half falling to the side of the course to get out of another runner’s way. She gave me a sympathetic look. I got back on my feet and got moving again. But I was frazzled. I had lost my momentum. My rhythm.

By the time I hit the 16km mark, the kilometres really started to crawl by. I began to desperately wish that I had someone running beside me, encouraging me, cheering me on. Someone who might be able to drag me across the finish line, if needed.

The huge hill at kilometre 18 nearly finished me. It was long and winding. I promised myself that I would be at the top in 20 seconds. Just when I thought I was nearing the top, it wound around and kept going. I attempted to trick myself in various ways. I pretended that I was on a leisurely 5km run through my neighborhood. I told myself that my body felt great! That my legs did not feel as though they were moving independently from my body, like two stiff boards that I no longer had any control over. That my lungs were full of air, rather than painfully tightening due to a lack thereof.

As I reached the 20km mark, I came upon my friends in the crowd of people lining the streets. Thank goodness for my friends. Hearing their voices cheer my name, seeing their smiling faces, reading the neon sign they held above their heads (“Hurry up, my legs hurt!”) gave me that one final push that I so desperately needed. I managed to sprint the last 200m to the finish line. And despite the difficulty of preceding two hours, I felt like a million bucks. I think it’s true. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. 

Feeling good a few minutes after the finish!

I used to think that I would never run further than a half marathon. Anything longer just seemed…crazy. And quite frankly, downright unnecessary. But in the fog of my post-race high, I’m having second thoughts. There just might be a full marathon in my future.

After all, we are much stronger than we think.

And while we’re burning all of these calories, we’d better remember to replace them. What better way than ice cream?! I came across this recipe for pumpkin ice cream by the lovely Leah from Freutcake a few weeks ago. I immediately pinned it for future making. I made a few small changes to Leah’s recipe, adding in a few additional spices and replacing the dark chocolate chips with toffee bits. It’s creamy, pumpkin-y, and studded with little bits of Skor chocolate bar. Perfect for Fall!

Pumpkin Toffee Ice Cream (adapted from Freutcake, originally from David Lebovitz)

I am presently fantasizing about eating this ice cream out of a big waffle cone and drizzled with caramel sauce. Makes about 1 quart.

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup plus 2 TBSP. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/4 tsp. salt

5 large egg yolks

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. brandy

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup chopped Skor bar (or other toffee chocolate bar)

Prepare an ice bath by putting some ice and a little water in a large bowl and nest a smaller metal bowl (one that will hold at least 2 quarts) inside it. Place a mesh strainer over the top.

In a medium saucepan mix together the milk, cream, granulated sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and salt. Warm the mixture until hot and the edges begin to bubble and foam. Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl and gradually whisk in about half of the milk mixture (to temper the eggs), stirring constantly. Scrape the egg mixture back in to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula (an instant-read thermometer should read between 160º-170ºF). Immediately pour the mixture through the strainer into the bowl nested in the ice bath. Add in the brown sugar, stir until cool, then refrigerate overnight.

Whisk in the vanilla, brandy, and pumpkin puree. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Stir in the chopped toffee bar, transfer to a container (or my favorite, a loaf pan) and freeze until firm.