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Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Chocolate Bundt Cake started vegan. It was until I added the chocolate chips, but you can definitely keep it vegan. Now that we got that out of the way, let me tell you how chocolate full this cake is. And, by adding the espresso powder… it goes all the way to the best chocolate bundt cake we’ve tasted for a long time.

Here at home we are big chocolate fans, and by we it’s mostly dad. He is a tough critic and he is very patient with me with all the baking experiments, both success or failures, and it was only fair that after baking so many non-chocolate goodies, I baked a chocolate-full one. This goes great with strawberries or vanilla ice cream on the side, and most definitely doesn’t need any chocolate buttercream. It is chocolaty enough. A bit of powder sugar is the perfect finish to this chocolate beauty.

The original recipe calls for 1 cup of warm coffee, but since I have my espresso powder, I replaced that with 1 tablespoon espresso powder and increased the water to 1 ½ cups. Now, the batter, as Joy mentions, is thick. Don’t fret! It will bake beautifully! The bundt cake lasted for a few days, and it definitely is a recipe I will keep as a favorite.

Bake it this weekend for the chocolate lover in your life!

Kitty

Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Marshmallow & Chocolate Treats

These last couple of days have been playing catch-up for me. After being set back a couple of days, I’ve been working sun-to-sun (or more like sun-to-midnight) and finally starting to make some good dents on my pending task list. Now, I haven’t been able to cook at all…. Until a few days ago. I was itching so bad to do something that I ended up whipping a recipe for Marshmallow & Chocolate Treats. A Foodies’ Original! I thought at first of adding cocoa to the melted marshmallows, but it would get too dried up. Then it came to me. Add an entire bag of chocolate chips. Genius. It should work.

And it did. My dad already had a few bites that same night and some more the next morning. I tried it out later, and it is a perfect mix of marshmallow treats with chocolate bar, not too sweet, with a slight nutty flavor from browning the butter (like I did on the Brown Butter Crispy Treats), rich chocolate with a little espresso powder to bring out more chocolatyness (did I just made up a word?) and a touch of sprinkles just because I can.

You could replace the espresso powder with a little bit of instant coffee or even a bit of cayenne pepper, and maybe add a bit of nuts. Go crazy. Mix and match. then enjoy the fruit of your creativity!

Kitty

Marshmallow & Chocolate Treats

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Valentine’s Chocolate Bark

Last Christmas I was packed with events since we had family from abroad, and one of the recipes I got to test (but not post) was this Chocolate Bark. For Valentine’s, I wanted to share this quick recipe. You can whip this up in a few minutes. What takes time is melting the chocolate, but after you spread it… you have at least 10-15 minutes until the next batch and after it’s done you can leave it overnight until you cut it in pieces.

On this occasion we are featuring a beautiful sushi plate by Oneida, which you can get here. They just did a soft launch of the site, and its looking great. They have an amazing selection of both dinnerware and flatware for your home.

Back to the Chocolate Bark, I found a couple of things: Get a good kind of chocolate. Go to your local bakery store and ask for both the dark and white chocolate for melting. If needed, they will give you a stabilizer for the chocolate (looks like shredded shortening) go ahead and buy a bit, the white chocolate reacts different when melting… And if you buy the white chocolate there, go ahead and buy the same brand of semi-sweet chocolate. I did some experimenting with different brands of chocolate and it separated/cracked in the middle when I was cutting the wedges.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Kitty

Valentines' Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn

With days getting chillier, and all the rain we’ve been having these past weeks keeping us from going out as much, we’ve been cozying up at home. Which means, watching TV and eating popcorn. I’ve been wanting to try to make flavored popcorn for a while, particularly sweet popcorn, and although  I still haven’t tried the first option that comes to mind: caramel popcorn, I tried this chocolate and pumpkin spice popcorn mix instead.

I got the idea to make this from a post I saw on Pinterest, which included cumin and cayenne pepper. I was sharing this with my daughter and I don’t think she would’ve liked that mix.  Instead I tried making it with pumpkin pie spice, and to help make it a little sweeter I added some confectioner’s sugar to the mix. The flavor mix between the semi sweet chocolate (which hardens as it cools) with the spices and the slightly salted popcorn was really good.  I really liked it, and will definitely make it again.  It’s an easy and original treat for family movie night. Don’t forget to use natural flavored popcorn, without butter.

Helga

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

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