Chocolate Crackles


 I remember the first time I ever made chocolate crackles, I was in Florida at my grandparent’s condo. I had seen the recipe in a magazine on the flight down. I have this “tradition” that when I fly, I always buy a few magazines for the flight. And I remember (or at least I think I can remember this correctly) this was an US Weekly Magazine and the recipe was from Lauren Conrad. Now, this was probably around seventh or eighth grade, so anything Lauren Conrad had to be good, even now she’s pretty awesome…her wardrobe!


I am pretty sure the recipe I used the first time I made chocolate crackles used oil and my mom was all about how these would be great because they didn’t have too much fat. She really wanted me to make these and well I did. Years, later I don’t know where that original recipe is, but I have created my own! Unfortunatley fortunately, they are made with butter!


 Chocolate Crackles

Ingredients:
½ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ Cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup sugar
1 Large egg
¼ teaspoon mint extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 ¼ Cup flour
¼ Cup cocoa powder
¼ Cup milk
Powdered sugar for rolling
Directions:
1.     In a large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter at 30-second intervals, about 2-3 times. Stir in sugar. Then stir in sugar and mint extract.
2.     Gently stir in baking powder, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Mix in milk.
3.     Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 to 2 hours.
4.     When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.
5.     Scoop cookie dough with a small cookie dough scoop. Shape dough into a ball, roll in powdered sugar and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets.
Recipe By Molly


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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

I don’t if I have shared this factoid with you, but when it comes to certain things I am kind of a germaphobe. And I find this buzzfeed article quite relatable (except for #12 and #16) and HILARIOUS.  So, what does my germaphobe confession have to do with this recipe? Well, it may take me a minute to get to that, but by then I think you will see the connection.
 Now the secret to a great cast iron skillet is it being well “seasoned”. I had no idea what “seasoning” for a cast iron skillet was, so I looked it up. And basically, seasoning is when the pores in your skillet absorb oil/grease when the pan is heated. In order to maintain your seasoning, you need to keep your cast iron skillet as far way from the dish soap and dishwasher as possible because the harsh detergents strip the accumulated oil and grease from your skillet. Here is the germaphobe connection How do you wash your cast iron skillet you ask? In short you don’t…at least not with soap and water. Instead you scrub your pan with a paper towel and some salt, which acts as an abrasive to remove cooked on food bits. After scrubbin’ and saltin’ your pan, you can rinse your skillet with JUST WATER and then quickly dry. To store, place a dishcloth over the skillet and cover if you have one (I don’t).  To a germaphobe, this may seem repulsive because WHERE’S THE SOAP TO DISINFECT, well you don’t need soap to disinfect! Salt “disinfects” the pan because salt kills germs, ever put salt on a slug? Proof is in the slug pudding. Also the pan is being used in the oven, meaning it is exposed to extreme temperatures, which also kill germs. If that isn’t enough for you, then just don’t cook meat in your pan, instead make delicious skillet cookies, and what do you know, I have a recipe for one right below!! 


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of cinnamon, optional
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips (plus more for sprinkling over the top)
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup demerara sugar (or packed brown sugar)
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 10-inch skillet or 9-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
2.     In a medium bowl, combine baking powder, flour, salt, cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, and chocolate chips. Set aside.
3.     In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter for 1-2 minutes until soft. Add in sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. With the mixer on low, add in egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined.
4.     Reduced the speed of the mixer, and slowly add in dry ingredients, increase speed just a bit, mixing until just combined.
5.     Transfer batter to prepared pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top if using. Bake for 30-35 minutes, the edges should be golden-brown and the middle should be starting to set.
Recipe by Molly Bakelette (YAY!!! MY FIRST ORIGINAL RECIPE HAPPY DANCE TIME)
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You made it all the way through and are still reading! Go you! Bakelette really loves you now (I feel like that is something Elmo would say…)! Anyways, would you like me to do some how to posts? I have had a few ideas for some. I could start with seasoning/clean your cast iron skillet? Thoughts? 

Pumpkin Honey Cornbread

Most people make cornbread from those little boxes found in supermarkets everywhere. Well I have this strange but vivid memory from when I was younger about those little boxes. I remember that I was making cornbread with my mom and I had opened the box and poured its contents in a bowl. Well, to my surprise there was a dead fly in it! Yuck! I have since tried to avoid those little boxes, but last year caved and tried the apple cinnamon muffins (no flies were found)! It probably was a freak accident that I got a bad box, I am prone to things like this. Anyways, back to cornbread, homemade cornbread is so delicious, while the boxed mixes are often dry and chalky.

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Blueberry Boy Bait

The story goes that a young girl once entered a recipe similar to this into the Pillsbury Baking Competition! Although she only took second place, her lovely story has lived on! She named her confection Blueberry Boy Bait because of its ability to have boys swooning over her! Now if only my baked goods had boys swooning for me…I have had two off-the-cuff marriage proposals after sharing my cookies! I guess that counts as swooning? Right? Only these have so far not panned out, but anyways on with the food!

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Flour’s Banana Bread

In the past two weeks, my life has gone from zero to sixty to about 100 million! So again I am very sorry that I am not yet able to post on a regular basis, hopefully I will come fall! Also I have had these pictures on my computer for a while, I just have not been able to get around to writing the posting. Finally, here I am writing this…so here goes!
Today I have a delicious banana (I credit Gwen Stefani with teaching me how to spell banana :D, but I ain’t  no hollback girl!) bread from my favorite Flour Cookbook. The version I made for the photos below was not my best, I think my bananas were WAY overripe, they were like liquid it was disgusting! Anyways when used with slightly overripe bananas, this is the best banana bread I have had…EVER! Of course Joanne’s version is fab, but I felt it necessary to add a smidgen of my sugar n’ spice and by that I mean more vanilla and cinnamon!

Flour’s Famous Banana Bread 
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 TBS sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cup mashed bananas (about 3 1/2 ripe bananas)
  • 2 TBS sour cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of toasted walnuts (optional) 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F and butter a loaf pan (9 by 5). 
  2. Sift and set aside the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes on medium). 
  4. While on low speed, slowly add in the oil (if done too fast you will lose all the air in the batter). Add the bananas, sour cream and vanilla, mix until just combined. 
  5. Fold the flour mixture and nuts into the wet ingredients. Make sure there are no flour streaks, then pour batter into prepared pan. 
  6. Bake for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. It should be golden brow and bounce back when poked. Let the bread cool for thirty minutes in the pan before popping it out. 

Enjoy!
Molly

So…its been a while…err here is some Swedish Visiting Cake

Okay, okay I am so sorry, but that is no excuse for the fact that this past month has gone by like snap of the fingers (cue actual snap)! It has been a crazy busy month for me, in general it has been a weird summer. Anyone agree? It has just flown by and I am so not ready for it to end, well to help cope with our end of summer sadness-sniffle,sniffle- here is a delightfully delicate Swedish visiting cake. It has hints of lemon, almond and vanilla! This cake is the perfect accompaniment to breakfast or just to eat anytime, I chose the latter. 
Enjoy,
Molly

Swedish Visiting Cake
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter- melted and cooled, additional butter needed for pan
  • 1 cup of sugar, plus additional to sprinkle on top
  • zest of one lemon 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sliced almonds (whichever you prefer)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, then butter a 9in round pan (you may use a seasoned cast iron skillet if you have one). 
  2. Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a medium bowl, mix with your fingers until fragrant and the lemon zest is evenly distributed.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking until just combined after each addition. 
  4. Stir in the flour, then fold in the melted butter. 
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth the top then sprinkle with almonds and sugar.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, cake is done when the edges are golden brown and beginning to pull away from the pan. 

Original Recipe from Bella Eats

Delicious and Rich Chocolate Birthday Cake

I jump at any opportunity to bake, so realizing my Dad’s birthday was approaching I knew I had to find a great recipe to celebrate. Once again I found myself looking through the Flour Cookbook (I highly recommend it!) for a chocolatey recipe per my father’s request! So I decided on the “Midnight Chocolate Cake”, in the book it was paired with a milk chocolate buttercream frosting, but that recipe alone called for six sticks of butter!!! I couldn’t bring myself to use that much butter for the icing on the cake if you will! Instead I paired the cake with Hershey’s Perfectly Dark Chocolate Frosting! My own spin on the cake was fabulous and regarded as “one of the best birthday cakes EVER!”
When it came time to frost I was running a little short so I decided to not frost the sides of the cakes, which added a welcome casual feel to the cake! Find any opportunity you can so that you can make this cake, it so moist and delicious…even days later (yes I am still enjoying it!).

(the lighting was prettier in reality than through the camera lens, it was natural light through a lacy curtain) 
Because of copyright…I am going to put up the recipes for the Hershey’s Cake and Frosting, I am still trying to figure out if I am able to post recipes from a cookbook, do any of you know the answer? The Hershey’s one is excellent I have made it before- and the recipes are very similar, the only real difference seems to be that Flour uses butter, while Hershey’s uses oil!
Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)

Directions

  1. 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. 2 Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. 3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

    VARIATIONS:
    ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

    THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

    BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

    CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

    “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
    2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
    3 cups powdered sugar
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
    Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.– Copied from http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=184