Friday, December 19, 2014

Chocolate Banana Cake with Maple Walnuts

When you are up with a newborn at odd hours you think of odd things.  Sometimes these odd thoughts result in something delicious.  This cake is inspired by the cover recipe from David Lebovitz's book Ready for Dessert, My Best Recipes.

Instead of all banana cake, I layered in chocolate cake too.  I exchanged the sugar candied peanuts for maple candied walnuts.  The last swap was the frosting recipe, both chocolate, but different.

I hate to brag, but it's pretty damn delicious.  

Maple Glazed (these would be good as a part of a cheese/charcuterie board too)
Chocolate Frosting...I can't find it online, but any that suits your taste would work.

Happy Friday!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mo' Chocolate, Mo' Better

When I eat chocolate chip cookies I always reach for the cookie that looks like it has the most chocolate chips. So, why not just add more chocolate to all of the cookies? And, while you're at it, why not add chocolate to your sugar cookies too? 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Day After Thanksgiving

Hope you all had a blast of a day yesterday!  Football, pie, stretchy pants, etc. :) I've been seeing sooo many delicious recipes out there!  Too many for me to make.  I swear, I need more people to feed. My small family just isn't hungry enough to eat all that I want to make.

Here are a few recipes that I would love to try...

Cranberry Pie with Think Pecan Crumble...yes, yes, yes.  That pecan crumble looks thick enough to really scratch the itch.

Chocolate Cheesecake...the crust is made with Oreos. I could get in to that.

Chocolate Fudge with Bourbon Sugar...I made the sugar portion of this recipe.  The bourbon flavor is just right.  I topped some chocolate sables with it.  Very nice, if I do say so myself.

Shrimp and Grits...I was thinking this would be a nice breakfast for Christmas or New Years.

Maybe I'll get around to these sometime, but not today.  We are too busy snacking on leftovers!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cheese Olives Bread

The title pretty much says all that you need to know.  The recipe is part of Joy the Baker's "baking boot camp" in collaboration with King Arthur Flour.  I've done one of these challenges before, and they have both been super delicious. Here's the recipe for these rolls.  It's cold this weekend, and I can't think of a better way to heat your house up than baking these savory treats.
finished product
ingredients prepped
the bottom of a roll, check out that caramelized cheese
Happy Saturday!  Stay warm.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Honey Hot Chocolate

It's cold! Have something hot. 

Here's how I do my honey hot chocolate:
Mix cocoa powder, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and milk. Measure all ingredients to taste. Heat using espresso machine steam wand, or heat while stirring on stovetop. Top with marshmallows and sprinkles. Drink, repeat as necessary. 

I like the warm flavor of the honey, and the tiniest bit of salt brightens all of the other ingredients. The sprinkles are just for fun. ;)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Creepy Cookies

If you don't already have a go-to sugar cookie recipe, here's the one I use.  It has given me very consistent results, and they are the perfect, smooth blank canvas for decorating.  For these Halloween cookies, I used this glaze recipe.  It's called "royal icing", but it's not royal icing, it's a glaze.  It doesn't dry as hard as royal icing, and it doesn't contain raw egg whites  It would be hard to do anything with fine details with this glaze, but it was easy to work with when creating the "webs".

On a side note, my oven is on the fritz.  I think I actually wore it out!  So, until it is repaired I will have to take a break from baking.  Is the universe trying to tell me something?  To much baking, perhaps. ;)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Last week we had a string of rainy days.  I tend to be a fan of dreary weather, but, after a while, even I get a bit antsy.  Instead of fighting the weather (there would be no point...duh), I decided to go with the mood.

Blueberry coffee cake seemed to be the right fit for the gloomy atmosphere.  I've made a few coffee/crumb cakes before, and I get really bugged when the crumbs are too crumbly and they fall off the cake.  This time I made this recipe.  The crumbs stayed on nicely and the cake was nice and moist.

This recipe's average rating is five out of five stars.  I would give it the same.  We had a few slices, and then I froze the rest for future rainy (or snowy!) days.  I took a piece out the next day to make sure it was tasty after being frozen, and it held up nicely.