Growing up in Pennsylvania you become accustomed to certain “treats.” If you run into someone specifically from Central PA (the REAL Central PA – not the counties that try to claim it…) you will most certainly be able to strike up a conversation about these topics –
Hartley’s Potato Chips
Middleswarth Potato Chips
Unsweetened Tea (Or Turkey Hill Tea … God help me.)
Gardner’s Peanut Butter Meltaways
Their Mom’s Recipe for Dumplings (Which by the way in PA is a dessert if the word “dumpling” is preceded by a fruit.)
Hershey’s Chocolate vs Everyone Else
Weis Store Donuts
Every single person I’ve met from Pennsylvania while living away from Pennsylvania has been a funny experience. More recently (and my favorite) I met the career planner for my husband’s squadron. He has been in the Marine Corps for some time, but Lancaster is his hometown. Within 5 minutes of talking about our beloved Pennsylvania his eyes go huge and he proclaims, “I FOUND TURKEY HILL TEA AT SO AND SO GROCERY STORE!” So what did that mean? My husband and I made a stop at so and so grocery store on our way home. You don’t hail from Pennsylvania and NOT have a love of one of the products and brands that you can only find there.
Of course the Marine Corps has me living in Wyoming so running into TastyKakes is well … slim to none. Growing up in Pennsylvania, though, the boxed storebought versions were consumed sparingly in your household. I had very few friends whose moms didn’t bake this treat. And when I miss home the most I beg my mom to send me Peanut Butter Meltaways, Hartley’s Potato Chips, and I make Tandy Cake.
Tandy Cake is probably the easiest dessert you will ever make. I mean ever. But it’s not even that it is easy that you should make it. The real reason you SHOULD make it? It’s freaking delicious.
Com’on. We are talking about a perfect vanilla cake base with a smear of peanut butter and then chocolate? Can you go wrong? No. No you can’t.
Bonus – you make this in a large pan and cut it into pretty large portions and THAT means you can feed a giant amount of people with it. Or just your husband and yourself as you binge on the suckers while watching Sportscenter before bed. Or for breakfast with your morning coffee …
I’ve been using this same recipe for a long time. As far as I can remember I copied it out of some old church cookbook at my mom’s house. Which, if we are being honest here, usually contains THE BEST recipes ever. Especially if its from a Baptist church. Well, I should clarify, if it is from a Baptist church is contains a lot of recipes with a lot of butter, cheddar cheese, and cream of chicken soup. Which in my opinion brings us all closer to Jesus.
Because this recipe is so quick to throw together and so easy – I didn’t take step by step photos. You will get the gist of it just by reading the instructions below. Any questions? Ask!
Oh and … To clarify … we DO sweeten our tea in PA. A good majority of us, however, prefer it unsweetened or very lightly sweetened.
Unless it’s Turkey Hill.
Make these this weekend! You and your Super Bowl guests will not be disappointed.
And because I reside in Wyoming which is Broncos territory – I must pull for them. Com’on Peyton!
Happy Wednesday, friends!
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil (By the way, the original printed recipe called for “two capfuls oil” – holy adorable right?)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 bag chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet), melted
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix with whisk until smooth and combined.
2) Pour into foil lined jelly roll pan that you’ve sprayed or buttered. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Do not overbake.
3) When cake is freshly removed from the oven and still warm, plop peanut butter on top. Allow the heat to do the majority of the work for you and slowly and carefully spread the melted peanut butter out over entire cake.
4) After peanut butter is spread pour melted chocolate over top and spread as best as possible. If a little peanut butter shows through it’s okay.
5) Place cake uncovered in refrigerator until toppings have hardened.
6) Cut into desired portions and serve. Store in refrigerator.