Dreamy Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

You’ll certainly be dreaming of this cake once you try it! you may just be drooling as well 🙂

About this Cake

Rich chcolate flavour

thick milk chocolate glaze

little chocolate chip surprises inside & on-top

The Recipe

Dreamy Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

prep timebake timetotal time
15 mins40-45 mins1 hour plus cooling time
yields one large bundt cake: ~8 servings

Ingredients:

The cake:

  • 2 cups all -purpose or cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter *softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour-cream or greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips *optional*

Chocolate ganche:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F (177 C) and grease with butter or spray with non stick oil your bundt cake pan.

Next, in a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream the unsalted butter (room temperature) until it looks fluffy and whipped; About 3 mins. Add the granulated sugar and cream together for 3 mins. Next add the vanilla extract and eggs to the butter/sugar mixture. set aside.

Now combine both the butter/sugar mixture with the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold the two mixes together. While doing so, add the sour cream or yogurt to help the two combine. The sour-cream or yogurt are creamy and add moisture to help each mixture combine into the another. Aswell, add the water and mix until a smooth batter appears.

fold in chocolate chips if desired !

Pour the batter into the bundt cake pan.

Bake for 40-45 mins or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean from the cake.

For the ganache:

Create a double boiler by placing a small bowl overtop of a saucepan with boiling water inside. The steam that gets accumulated under the bowl will melt the chocolate inside. Whisk the chocolate and heavy cream until smooth, once the cake is cool pour over the bundt cake!

Enjoy!

Happy baking!

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

Brown butter sweet glaze on a moist apple cinnamon cake! With real apple chunks!

Apple Chunks & Brown Butter Glaze

About the Cake

This bundt cake is moist but firm and holds such treasures inside with each apple chunk; soft and sweet. there are flavours of cinnamon and brown sugar and of course that wonderful brown buttered apple glaze; thick and delicious!

This cake is for those who love apple pie filing flavours but maybe not the crust. Or for those who enjoy a lovely slab of cake with tea time, but want a change from typical vanilla and chocolate. The apple chunks will surely remind you of apple pie, and the moist texture will compliment any tea time dessert.

Can you see the apple chunks?!

The Method:

The Cake:

Firstly the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt are whisked together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Next, the oil, yogurt, brown sugar, granulated sugar and eggs are all mixed thoroughly with the addition of vanilla, and the wet mixture is made.

Then three apples are peeled and diced into about dime sized chunks and folded in as the flour and wet mixture are combined.

Brown sugar glaze:

While the cake cools the luscious sweet glaze is made. firstly the unsalted butter and heavy cream are melted and heated in a saucepan. Once simmering the brown sugar and confectioners sugar are added. after simmering for a few minutes the glaze thickens and is complete!

Can I use any Apples for this cake?

Absolutely. Granny smith apples are the type I used and I think they truly offer the most sweetness. However, any type will work -even green apples or red delicious. Please note that different apples provide different flavour outcomes. A green apple may be more sour than that of a red delicious being more tart. Choose your favourite apple and you will love this cake!

Do I really need glaze?

Well, No. This cake is splendid and sweet enough on its own. However, If you are going to make a delicious cake with cinnamon spice flavours, then why not make a glaze to make it taste even sweeter. Plus the glaze is just so much fun to pour on top! especially on a bundt cake. it provides that moisture, flavour, and fun we all need!

The Recipe: This wonderful recipe is originally from Sally’s Baking Addiction!

prep timebake timetotal time
15 miuntes40-45 miuntes1 hour + cooling time
yields one large bundt cake

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar *light or dark*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 apples peeled and chopped

Glaze:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 confectioners sugar

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F (177 c) and grease with butter or oil your bundt cake pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl prepare the dry ingredients. Sift and whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Once mixed set aside.

In a medium bowl prepare the wet mixture. Firstly mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and oil. Add the eggs and vanilla. Combine well and make sure there are no clumps, particularly from the dark brown sugar.

Now combine the wet and dry mixtures. Use a rubber spatula to fold the wet into the dry. Now add the yogurt to help the batter become more smooth.

Finally, peel and chop the apples into a medium sized dice and fold into the batter.

pour the batter into your pre- prepared bundt pan and bake!

Bake for ~40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake looks golden!

The Brown Butter Glaze:

in a medium saucepan on the stove top start by melted the butter completely. add the brown sugar and confectioners sugar and bring to a boil. once at a boil turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes. After the shimmering, add the heavy cream and simmer for another 3 minutes on low. Pour into a cream pitcher or bowl! let cool!

Once the cake comes out of the oven let it cool until warm and pour that delicious glaze on-top.

slice. eat. enjoy.

Happy Baking!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo crust

Sweet Strawberry compote on creamy cheesecake with a crunchy Oreo cookie base! you’ll love these dessert bars just as much as you’ll love designing them with those swirls!

About this recipe:

do you ever just want to make cheesecake but dont want to buy roughly 30 oz of creamcheese? or do you crave cheesecake but know you do not need an entire ceesecake? Well, this recipe give you the best of both worlds! Cheesecake sraving solved (check) and a managable serving size that you’ll actually be able to finsh (check)

Cheesecake bars are for that cheesecake craving without having to make an entire cake size! portion control handled

What you will need:

cream cheese and only one package! 8 0z (~226 g)

yogurt: plain, strawberry, or greek all work well and about 1/2 is all that is needed. This ingredient allows us to use less cream cheese and make a creamier/smooth consistency

-granulated sugar: sugar is needed because cream cheese is quite tart and this addition will contour that taste! also it compliments the strawberry compote

flour: with all this talk of creaminess we need a binding agent, thats where about 1/4 -1/2 cup flour comes in

strawberries (fresh or frozen): for that delicious swirl!

cornstarch/sugar : used to thicken that strawberries in the compote for the swirl

vanilla extract: to sweeten the compote!

Oreo cookies (in crumbs) / melted butter: to make that chocolatey cookie base for our cheesecake bars

To bake or not to bake? This recipe can be baked cheesecake or no bake. Your choice!

There are different flavours in baked cheesecake vs. no-bake. The cream cheese taste more sweet when it is a no bake recipe and that is why a lot of recipes are often “no- bake”. However, some like a subtle “New York style” cheesecake and that is where a baked option come in. This recipe can be either baked or none baked; your choice!

How Do I Get That Swirl?

Quite simply it just requires the compote to be placed in parallel lines which get swirled with a knife by dragging it in the opposite (perpendicular ) direction.

Tips for Success

-Use parchment paper to easily remove the bars. Otherwise the bars may burn and it may be challenging to cut them.

-Cream the cream cheese until fluffy and air incorporated do not skip this step!

-When baking the base it is okay if it seem under-baked, it will harder as it cools.

-Strain the compote to make sure the swirls are smooth not chunky with pulp

The Recipe:

Prep timebake or chill timeTotal time
15 mins2 hours2 hrs 15 mins
yields one 8×8 inch pan

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake bars with Oreo Base

Ingredients:

the base:

  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbs of crushed Oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

the cake

  • 8 0z cream cheese (~226 g)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla) *greek works too*
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

the compote

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Procedure:

preheat oven to 350 Degrees f and line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment. set aside.

if you have whole Oreo cookies place in a plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin or with a sauce pan until into crumbs. you will need 1 1/3 cups worth.

in a saucepan or in the microwave melt the butter. in a medium bowl combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and sugar then add the melted butter and mix well.

press the cookie mix into the parchment pan and try your best to make sure it is even. Bake for 8-10 mins. Let cool completely.

In a large bowl beat the cream cheese using an electric mixer. beat until fluffy and smooth~ 5 mins.

Add the yogurt, sugar, vanilla and mix well until all are incorporated equally. add the flour and mix in completely. The batter is now complete!

Pour the batter onto of the cookie base once it is completely cooled. spread it around equally.

For the compote start by simmering the strawberries with about 1/4 cup of water (just enough to cover them) in a saucepan and shimmer on medium until soft. Using a fork or a masher, mash the strawberries until all their juice is extracted. Add the sugar and cornstarch and simmer for 5 minutes on low. Strain into a bowl and only use the strained (smooth) compote. the filling is now complete.

Now for the Swirl! firstly make rivets in parallel lines in the spots where you think the compote will go. Next pour the compote in to fill those small rivets. Perpendicular to those lines swirl with a knife. The patter is complete.

For No-Bake: place in freezer for 25 mins and the cheescake is complete!

For baked: place in the 350 Degrees F oven for 35-40 minutes or until the centre is only slightly soft to touch.

slice. eat. enjoy.

Happy Baking

The Best Banana Bread

Moist banana loaf cake with a crunchy sweet top!

About this loaf:

A one bowl recipe with the sweetest banana flavour, moist cake texture, crunchy crust and only one egg! All making this recipe truly THE BEST Banana bread!

If you look closely in the pictures you can see the brown strands from the bananas as this recipe uses 3 bananas. There is nothing worse than an underwhelming banana flavour, therefore this recipe uses 3 whole bananas to make sure that the Banana is truly the star of the loaf.

Only one egg, just over a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a few other simple ingredients you would usually have on hand such a baking powder and baking soda. all mixed in one bowl and it could not be simpler.

This recipe has been my “go to ” banana bread for quite some time! this page is definitely the most dirty of all the pages in my recipe book! After making this I’m sure it will be one of your favourites as well.

The Method:

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy

Add the mashed bananas and the vanilla extract

Crack in that egg!

Add in the flour, baking powder and baking soda

Mix well

Pour into a loaf pan and bake for ~1 hour at 350 degrees F

3 tips for success

  1. Use an aluminum or metal pan as the loaf tends to get the best rise and crust texture

2.Mash the bananas into small chunks if they are fresher more green bananas, otherwise they will not bake through and remain hard. But, for softer brown bananas leave in larger chunks as they are already soft.

3.Use your darker or even black bananas! they are sweetest!

Chocolate peanut butter banana bread? Absolutely.

Make this recipe into a chocolate peanut butter banana bread loaf

All that is required to make a chocolate peanut butter version is to reduce the flour from 1 1/2 cups to 1 cup. As well, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Every other ingredients will stay the same quantity. Top or spread with peanut butter and it is complete! rich decadent peanut butter on sweet moist banana bread.

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins~ 1 hour~ 1 15 mins + cool time
Yields 1 loaf 8×4 inch

The recipe:

The Best Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 C) and grease or line with parchment a loaf pan ~8×4 inch. set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream the softened butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until fluffy and air incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another minute.

Crack the egg into the mixture and beat until well combined. Now, peel and add all three bananas and use a fork, two knifes, or a potato masher to mash the bananas into small chunks.

Once the bananas are mash and all is well mixed, add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Once added use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients in.

Pour the batter into the pre-lined loaf pan and spread the batter evenly around the pan.

Bake at 350 Degrees F for about 1 hour or until golden on top!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Mixed Berry mini Galettes

Buttery crunchy crust with soft sweet Berries

About the Galettes:

A galette is a french dessert that traditionally involves some form of a flat pastry topped with fruit. Often galettes are one large pastry which gets cut like a pie in slices. However, this recipe makes mini rounds instead of one large one!

The galette dough/crust is similar to that of a pie; flaky, buttery, and perfect with an egg wash and sugar coated:)

The fruit is as simple as it gets. It tastes just like a compote. The fruit is left simple to keep its natural flavour the star. All it requires is a bit of sugar and cornstarch added with some acidity from a lemon or orange and then it’s done!

Topped with ice cream or whipping cream eaten with a fork/knife or by hand (easier with these mini ones) and the galette is a fresh french dessert!

The Method:

The dough: 5 ingredients for this dough! consisting of flour, salt, sugar, cold unsalted butter, and sour cream. Well mixed until it forms a ball and that’s all it takes.

Freezing: The dough then gets separated into 8 mini balls and wrapped in plastic wrap to be refrigerated for about 1 hour or 30 mins in the freezer. This will help the gluten relax, make it easier to roll out, and ultimately make sure the galettes come out of the oven roughly the same size/shape as they go in.

Rolling discs: Once out of the fridge/freezer the balls get rolled into mini discs about 1/4 inch thick.

The fruit: the mixed berries fresh or frozen get lightly tossed in a bowl with a small amount of sugar, cornstarch, and acidity. Either lemon or orange juice works. The fruit gets placed in the middle of the discs and the edges get rolled up and pinched so the fruit has a border and will not slide away.

The egg-wash: to make these galettes crunchy an egg is brushed on the outsides and course sugar is topped.

Bake and top: the galettes are then baked at 375 degrees F for ~ 30-40 minutes and topped with powdered sugar and ice cream!

Crucial ingredients:

Sour cream: this adds ample fat to the dough as sour cream is one of the fattiest diary ingredients among milk, cream, buttermilk etc. This fat allows the gluten strands from the flour in the dough to stay short. Essentially making the dough tender and flaky!

Unsalted butter cold: refrigerating or freezing should not be skipped! it is so important for the butter to be cold. This helps retain shape making the outcome look similar to the pre-baked shape.

Cornstarch/acidity: In order to make sure the fruit does not become a soupy liquid mess the cornstarch absorbs that liquid. The acidity of lemon or orange also adds great flavour.

The Recipe:

Mini Mixed Berry Galettes

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
1 hour~30-40 mins~1 40 mins
yields: 8 mini galettes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg *for egg wash*
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice

Procedure:

Prepare the dough: in a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and sugar. Once well combined add in the unsalted butter in cubes and the sour cream. Use two knives, a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingers to mix in the butter until small pea clumps are left and it appears incorporated. use the sour cream to help the butter mix in easier. Once done the dough should be a large ball.

Separate the dough into 8 equal balls the best you can. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill the dough for 1 hour in the fridge or 30 mins in the freezer.

Once it is getting closer to the end time of the chilling process for the dough, start making the filling and preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F.

For the filling: in a medium bowl add the frozen or fresh berries and add the cornstarch and acidity. gently mix with a fork and set aside.

On a lightly floured flat surface roll out each ball of dough into 8 separate discs about 1/4 inch thick. Place these discs on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Place about 2 tablespoons of the fruit in the centre of the dough disc. fold the edges up and pinch them as you would for pie crust. Brush with egg wash and top with course sugar!

Bake the galettes at 375 Degrees F for 30-40 mins until golden!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Jumbo Double Chocolate Bakery Style Muffins

Pop That Top Off!

Bakery Style = Jumbo tops

The Process : How to get Tall Muffins

  1. fill the muffin pan to the brim. This will make sure the tallest height possible is achieved!
  2. Note: a large top is also possible in a regular sized pan Not just jumbo like these!
  3. Blast the muffins with really hot heat for the first 5 mins of baking in order to expedite the leavening agents. Then proceed baking on a cooler temperature to bake through.

Key ingredients:

The yogurt or buttermilk:

The creaminess from yogurt or buttermilk help to make sure these muffins turn out moist. As well, the acidity from either ingredient will help to activate the baking soda & baking powder, making sure these muffin rise!

The melted butter:

melting the butter prior to baking will release a lot of its water content. This ensures our muffins are soft inside rather than dense.

A whole Tbsp Vanilla:

There is a lot of cocoa powder in the muffins and so the vanilla extract being a whole tablespoon is necessary to make sure these are not bitter. I promise it is not an error in the recipe!

The Method:

Firstly the flour mixture:

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. whisk to incorporate everything.

The butter/ sugar/cocoa:

Many recipes cream the butter and sugar. This recipe uses melted butter. Therefore, the butter will be melted and combined with the cocoa powder and sugar. The heat from the butter helps infuse the cocoa flavours and remove clumps.

The eggs & vanilla:

once the melted butter and sugar mixture is well mixed and not too hot, we add the eggs and vanilla.

Combining mixtures:

Next the flour mixture gets folded into the butter mixture and the yogurt or buttermilk get used as a catalyst to the flour for combining well.

The chocolate chunks get thrown in the mix and the batter is complete!

Pour the batter in the lined or greased pan * filled to brim* and then bake 🙂

The Recipe

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins35 mins~50 mins
Yields: 8 jumbo or 16 regular

Bakery Style Double Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter *melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips/chunks

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees F and line or grease a jumbo or regular muffin/cupcake pan.

In a medium mixing bowl sift and whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a saucepan on the stove melt the butter until not lumps appear. But, not too hot!

In a large mixing bowl add the granulated sugar and cocoa powder. Pour the melted butter overtop and whisk until cocoa powder runs smooth. Let cool for a couple minutes.

Once cool add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Next, pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture and use a rubber spatula to fold the flour in.

While mixing the flour in, use the buttermilk or yogurt *whichever you chose* to help the flour get incorporated. Mix well for a few minutes ensuring no flour clumps appear.

Add the chocolate chips or chunks! Pour the batter in your muffin pan and fill each to the top!

Bake for 5 minutes at 425 Degrees F. After 5 minutes, turn the heat to 350 Degrees F and bake for about 30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

*if baking regular sized muffins only bake for about 20 minutes after the first 5 minutes*

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

Original, Chocolate chip, Raisin, Cranberry, or any thing else you can think of works in these cookies !

Oatmeal Cookies soft baked and perfectly warm for a rainy or cold day! A lovely companion to come hot tea or coffee. This recipe makes for the most sweet oatmeal cookies.

The ingredients overview:

The oats – I used large flake because they have such a nice substantial presence over quick oats or steel cut which are both smaller.

The egg– this helps bind everything. Other recipes use honey but this recipe has enough sugar! So, I like just one egg.

The flour– helps add size and weight to the cookies. Also a binding agent.

The baking powder/baking soda– these are the leavening agents which give the cookies great height! we like our cookies large right!

The vanilla– added sweetness

The brown sugar & granulated – the combination of the two will help these cookies to be soft baked but with a slight crisp bottom. The combination makes for sweetness without just gritty taste from only using too much of one.

The butter– unsalted is best * at room temperature, however any butter works, even margarine.

The Method:

First make the flour mixture by sifting together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Then we want to cream the butter and both sugars.

We then add the vanilla and the egg and beat until smooth.

After this, we add the flour & large flake oats – folding them in.

Next we use a cookie scoop to make the cookie balls and place them on a baking sheet. We bake for about 10-15 mins for the larger size. Or 10 mins for a more medium size of cookies.

The recipe:

Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
10 mins10-15 mins25 mins
Yields: 20 medium cookies ~ 10 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups large flake oats
  • 3/4 cups mix in *optional*

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F for Larger cookies or 350 Degrees F for medium cookies.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Once combined set aside.

In another larger mixing bowl cream the butter with the brown sugar and granulated until smooth but grainy texture appears. Make sure the brown sugar specifically, is not clumpy.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and cream for another minute to incorporate.

Now, fold in the flour mixture and make sure to scrape the edges of the bowl to include all the ingredients. Once well mixed fold in the oats 1/2 cup at a time. This is now the time to mix in any add ins : *chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries etc.* if desired.

Using a cookie scoop or a regular spoon scoop balls and place on a parchment lined or buttered baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes for medium, or 15 for larger cookies. Let cool for a few minutes before eating!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Dreams

These cookies are what Peanut Butter dreams are made of !

This is what you’ll love

  • Chewy cookies without getting stuck
  • Simplest ingredients/steps
  • Rich & Strong PB flavour *for all my fellow PB lovers !
  • Even cookie size

Steps: Your soon to be “go to” cookie recipe:

  1. The dry mix:

whisk the flour, baking powder , salt to make the dry mix.

2.The creamed butter:

whipping the butter until softened and creamy then adding the sugar, eggs, vanilla and of course the Peanut Butter!

3. Combining the flour & peanut butter mixtures

4.Rolling out balls and freezing for 15 mins

5.Coating in granulated sugar

6.Bake & devour!

A cookies multiple ways:

dipped, sandwiched, jam/jelly filled or plain these cookies are a hit!

Chocolate Dipped

Ice Cream Sandwiched

The Recipe

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins10 mins~25 mins
Yields 2 dozen medium cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter *softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • *sugar for rolling*

Procedure:

Step 1)

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until all are evenly combined. Set aside.

Step 2)

In another, medium sized bowl cream the *room temperature* butter and sugar for 2-5 mins until it appears fluffy and whipped.

I recommend using an electric mixer. But, by hand works just as well.

Add the vanilla and eggs -one at a time and precede to mix them on medium with an electric mixer or by hand.

Step 3)

Combine the dry flour mixture and the butter mixture by folding the dry into the wet with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Mix the two until a thick cookie dough texture forms without any visible flour un-mixed.

Step 4)

Use a medium cookie scoop, a tablespoon, or regular spoon to make balls about a tablespoon in size. Roll the balls in your hands and then, roll in granulated sugar. place on a parchment or silicon lined cookie sheet. Freeze for 15 mins.

Step 5)

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F (177 C).

With a fork press down to imprint the cookies. Press in one direction, then in the opposite to form a hashtag (#) imprint.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 mins. They will be soft once done, but they will firm up upon cooling.

Enjoy!

Happy Baking!

The Richest Chocolate Brownies

It’s all about the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate!

Brownies

Fry's Premium Baking Cocoa Powder - 227 g: Amazon.ca: Grocery

The Very best cocoa powder you’ll ever use!

I swear by Fry’s cocoa powder for every chocolate recipe. No other brand gets the richness that Fry’s does. I would recommend this cocoa powder 100%!

of course the recipe works with any other brand as well, however, I truly think no other brand gets such a deep chocolate flavour.

The Main Steps: Baking on the stovetop

This recipe makes for such rich brownies only eating one or two will be more than enough! There is quite a lot of butter and a whole cup of cocoa powder! that is exactly how chocolatey these are 🙂

The major difference in this recipe’s procedure is that much of the mixing is in a large pot on the stovetop rather than a mixing bowl on the table. This is due in part because the cocoa being a whole cup ( a lot for a recipe) will mix into the other ingredients more smoothly with the gentle catalyst of heat from the stove top. Mixing on the stove in a large saucepan also minimizes any wasted batter from transferring to mixing bowls. We want all the batter after-all!

5 Steps Breakdown.

  1. Sifting together dry ingredients
  2. melting the butter on the stovetop in a pot and adding the cocoa, eggs, vanilla
  3. thoroughly mixing on stovetop to rid of any lumps
  4. adding flour mixture
  5. pouring in lined pan and baking in oven

The Recipe:

Rich Chocolate Brownies

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins30 mins45 mins
Yields: 2 dozen brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Procedure:

Step 1)

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F (177 C)

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. once well combined, set aside.

Step 2)

In a large saucepan on the stove top melt the butter on medium. Continue until there are no solid pieces then add the cocoa powder. Stir in the cocoa powder until there are no lumps and the consistency is a smooth chocolate butter mixture. Now, add the sugar and mix until well incorporated.

Step 3)

remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool off for 3-5 mins. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla and combine well.

Step 4)

Pour the flour mixture into the saucepan mixture and mix until there are no lumps of flour and the thick chocolate batter appears smooth.

Step 5)

Pour the batter into a parchment lined or oiled 13×9 inch pan or two 8 inch pans. Bake for 30-35 mins .

Cool. Slice Eat. Enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Neapolitan Cake : Chocolate, Strawberry & Vanilla

You’ll love this Three layer, Three flavour cake with that sweet tooth of yours!

The sweetest buttercream you’ve ever had sandwiched between rich chocolatey flavours, refreshing strawberry hints, and classic vanilla cake!

About This Cake:

Neapolitan Cake combines Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla in an equally sweet and rich bite! It is truly the cake for those who cannot decide upon just one single flavour 🙂

Not too moist and not too dense. This recipe makes for a texture of cake perfectly in between the two. This cake is all about the flavour!

Buttercream frosting in between each layer that compliments all three. Rich chocolate and vanilla buttercream, delicious. Fresh strawberry and vanilla buttercream, delicious. Finally, double vanilla cake and buttercream, delicious.

The Process: 5 steps

  1. Make the batter:

In order to achieve three separate flavours we start by making one large batch of vanilla cake batter and then separate it into three bowls. Two of the bowls change flavour and one stays vanilla. The chocolate batter is then achieved by adding a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder and oil – to account for the added dryness. The strawberry is a combination of a quick strawberry syrup and pink food colouring for extra effect! we take a few strawberries and boil them with sugar, strain, and pour the syrup (not the pulp) into the batter. After which the three batters are complete!

2. Bake & Assemble:

We bake the cakes for ~25 mins and let cool for about an hour. In the meantime, the buttercream gets whipped up! Similarly to the cake it starts as one big batch of vanilla buttercream, then gets changed into three: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla. The vanilla portion is greater than the other two because it is used in between layers. Once the cakes are cooled and the buttercream is ready it is simply just stacking the layers with a generous amount of buttercream in-between and setting in the freezer to firm up for ~15 mins.

3. Ice the perimeter:

After the cake has firmed up from the freezer we want to ice a thin layer around the exterior of the cake, and then a slightly thicker layer with the two other flavours, chocolate and strawberry.

4. Smoothing the frosting:

In order to achieve an ombre type look between the colours a nice trick is to dip the flat spatula in warm water before smoothing the sides. The warm water will help the fluidity of the frosting glide along the edge of the blade.

5. Decorate/Pipe and Enjoy!

Lastly, you can get creative in decorating by piping other details or adding a border around the bottom as i have done 🙂 it’s a creative adventure in this step!

Neapolitan Cake: Chocolate, Strawberry & Vanilla

The recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour *cake or all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter *room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Additions for different layers

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2-3 strawberries
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
Prep timeBake + cool timeTotal time
25 mins1 3o mins2 hours
Yields: three 8×10 in cakes

Procedure:

Step 1)

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F (177 C) and line three 8×10 baking sheets with parchment or oil with nonstick spray.

Step 2)

In a large mixing bowl sift together the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. whisk so they are all combined.set aside.

Step 3)

In another bowl, medium sized, creamed the unsalted butter for a couple minutes until softened. Add the granulated sugar and cream for 3 minutes until fluffy and whipped look appears. add the vanilla and eggs one at a time. keep mixing until all the eggs look well incorporated.

Step 4)

Combine the wet mixture into the flour mixture and add the milk/buttermilk in doing so, so that the flour clumps mix more smoothly. finally add the oil and mix until smooth batter appears.

pour the batters into their cake pans and bake for ~25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean! Let cool for about an hour.

Step 8)

spread a think layer of buttercream around the perimeter. Then spread anther exterior layer but this time with the other two colours. (pictured right) * a trick to smooth icing can be to dip the flat cake spatula in warm water every so often*

Step 5)

Separate the batter into three bowls. Decide which will be; Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla.

To make the strawberry: place 2-3 strawberries in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons sugar. simmer on medium until syrup appears (3-4 mins). Let cool and pour into the other bowl of batter. mix well and add pink food colouring as desired!

To make the chocolate add 2 Tablespoons of cocoa and 1 Tbsp milk into that bowl. Mix completely until no cocoa lumps appear.

Step 7)

Place the first layer of cake on a plate, stand, or tray and spread about 3/4 cup worth of buttercream evenly around. Place the Second layer on top, then the third. Set in the freezer to firm up for ~15 minutes.

Happy Baking!

Buttercream

In a large bowl cream together the unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add the buttermilk slowly and watch for desired consistency. More liquid or powdered sugar may be needed to achieve a consistency you like.