Sunday, January 30, 2011

Double Chocolate Loaf

First recipe: Success!!

Seth laughed at me as I was nervously and carefully measuring out each ingredient, referring back to the cookbook several times to make sure I was doing it "Just Right". Not typical for this cook!

The Chocolate Loaf (Link to the recipe) is recommended served with a Peanut Butter spread as a breakfast treat. While I definitely ate it during the hours typically reserved for Breakfast, it is about as much a "breakfast food" as Candy Cane Jo Jos. I made it with TJ's cocoa powder and TJs Dark Chocolate circles, and substituted Coconut oil in for the Oil called for in the recipe. I think the Coconut Oil really made it more moist, and adding in a tiny bit of almond extract in addition to vanilla extract made for the perfect combination of flavors.

I was surprised at how much I liked this recipe! It's simple to make, very moist and chocolate-gooey good, and holds up well the day-after. I realized too late that my cream cheese was expired, so I opted out of the spread, but I was planning on using almond butter for the spread to go along with my "hint of almond" in the loaf. Ohhhh, what could have been! There's always next time!!

*I would love any tips or recommendations for "How to help" my pictures. I am not a photographer by any means, and would love to learn more!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

And so it begins...

I've long admired the culinary bloggers. Their photo composition, description, and knack for tweaking recipes to suit their needs is both intriguing and exciting.

Following over 50 cooking blogs isn't the best for my waistline, but it is so fun to see new ideas, remember old ones, and examine the twists on a classic dessert or meal.

Being no sort of photographer, I don't imagine that I'll ever be a real "Culinary Blogger" but after a friend got me interested in "BAKED Sunday Mornings" I couldn't help but think I could do it on my own small scale, a new year's resolution and challenge for myself to grow in my own little world of baking.

So, Seth got me this for my birthday:

...and here I come!