Oh, my! Of all the days the kids could have asked for something extra sweet for snack it had to be today...I'll explain! In the morning I went to get a root canal, how great is that?? With all the worries about my own dental health i got home to two hungry kids who wanted something sweet!
Something that tasted like summer!
And then I remembered about a cooking show that I had watched not so long ago on TV where they were making sweet grilled sandwiches. There it was, the perfect summer snack! We were out of ingredients so we went grocery shopping on a very hot day just to make a snack! What don't we do for your children??
I took my little helper with me and she was very concerned about doing her part of the shopping trip!
After getting home I started to plan the three sandwiches I wanted to make and I separated the ingredients in order to do so. Fast was the way to go! We all know how kids get when they're hangry!
Hazelnut chocolate creme, marshmallow creme and strawberries:
Well, summer gives us the right to go a bit further with sweet things! I usually don't have these items around but, at least, once a year I buy a jar! Why not? If we eat things like these as a treat it really gives treats a different meaning! I tend to impose strict limits during the school year but, for now, lets just enjoy the summer!
For the sandwiches I used Challah bread (that I forgot to photograph!).
I spread hazelnut chocolate creme on one slice of bread and on the other I used marshmallow cream. I then washed and cut up some fresh strawberries and put them between the two slices of Challah bread. I used my panini maker and made sure to brush the outside of the bread with some butter to get those grill marks on! That's part of the fun too! It was done pretty quickly, approximately in 3 minutes I took it of the machine and it was great!
Banana, chunky peanut butter and honey:
For this sandwich I used Betsy's Best Gourmet Peanut Butter with Cinnamon and Chia Seeds. Just spread it on one of the slices of bread, covered with a sliced banana and drizzled some honey on top. Brushed the outside of the bread with butter and off it went to the panini maker! 3 minutes and it was done! Two sandwiches done, one to go!
Cream cheese, cherries and almonds:
On this last sandwich I spread both of the slices of bread with cream cheese and covered one of them with washed, pitted cherries. Then, on the other slice I pressed some almonds so that they would stick to the bread when turning them over to make the sandwich. Brushed with butter and off it went.
They really came out delicious and I'm sure we'll be having them soon between summer is over. I'm also going to try and make some of these sandwiches in savory versions. I have a thing for grilled sandwiches and, with the right ingredients they can turn into gourmet meals in no time!