Prince Charming and I both love coconut and chocolate so the moment I came across this recipe on Two Peas & Their Pod I knew it belonged on my must bake list (that makes me sound much more organized than I am; mostly I just keep multiple browser tabs open on my computer for online recipes and I tuck scraps of paper in my cook books). This also happens to be one of those recipes that inspired me to make a few changes and develop my own version.
I have seen any number of posts around the blogosphere recently touting the perfect chocolate chip cookie. While some of them are repeats of recipes that I’ve seen before, many of them are subtle variations made in an effort to achieve perfection. Which, of course, leads to the question: How does one define the perfect chocolate chip cookie?
Every time I make a cake, even a relatively small one, there are always leftovers. There are the trimmings from leveling the layers, there is extra frosting and then there is just plain leftover cake. No matter how delicious, moist and wonderful a cake is after a while it gets old. Maybe you’re just getting tired of having the same thing or maybe it is actually getting a bit stale. Either way, it is the perfect excuse to reincarnate your cake in the form of cake pops.
I mentioned in one of my TWD posts that I had made a special cake for “the Little Prince’s” first birthday celebration and promised pictures. It is now a couple weeks after the fact, but I am very proud of my very first birthday cake effort so I still wanted to share.
I actually had some difficulty deciding what I wanted to do for his cake, it’s not like a one year old can tell you exactly what he wants his cake to look like. After a fair amount of pondering I came up with a plan. It’s possible that I may have gone a tad bit over board, I know he won’t remember his first birthday cake, but I wanted to do something special and I will always have the pictures to show him.
It is Tuesday evening again and here I am at 9:00 PM just beginning work on my post which means that, as usual, it will just barely squeak by the deadline. I really did intend to get to this sooner; I had the best of intention but you know what they say about good intentions. Why should this week be different than any other you might ask. Well, this week’s recipe was selected by…me! It is terribly rude for the hostess to be late, so I must beg your forgiveness…you do forgive me, don’t you?
Perhaps if I share some of my muffins with you….
This week’s TWD is Espresso Chocolate Shortbread cookies chosen by Donna of Life’s Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First. I know it has been a couple weeks since I have posted; “Prince Charming” and I are moving into a new house and needless to say I’ve been a tad bit busy. We have painted (or are still in the process of painting) all but a couple rooms in the house, closed off a redundant doorway and moved the entire contents of our old house plus a storage unit into the new house over the past few weeks.
I did, however, manage to clear enough space in my new kitchen to give these cookies a try. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to snap any pictures yet, hopefully I can do that tomorrow.
I couldn’t make up my mind between the original recipe or Dorie’s playing around version so I ended up making both versions…with a couple of small tweaks.
For the espresso chocolate version, I increased the espresso by a smidge, replaced about 1/4 of flour with cocoa powder and upped the chocolate bits a little as well. I was very careful with my butter temperature and my mixing; the resulting texture was perfect (for shortbread, not necessarily my ideal) and they had a rich mocha flavor.
For the oatmeal spice version the only change I made was to add chocolate bits to them. Somehow I expected a bit more from this version, it fell a little flat for me. The flavor wasn’t bad, but the texture didn’t seem to match the flavor profile – the message my taste buds sent to my brain was that these should be chewy!
Head over to Donna’s site to grab the recipe for yourself (or check out Dorie’s book, of course).
This week’s recipe is chocolate ganache ice cream chosen by Katrina of Baking and Boys…and can I just say wow? My absolute favorite dessert in general is ice cream, more specifically chocolate ice cream, so it is really no surprise that this recipe was right up my alley.
The only question in my mind was what am I going to add to it…
This week’s recipe was selected by Karen of Welcome to our Crazy Blessed Life; she selected Brrrr-ownies on page 103. Now, I’ve never met the brownie that I truly didn’t like and “Prince Charming” is a huge fan of chocolate and mint so I knew this was a must bake recipe.
However, I’m not nearly the mint fan my hubby is so I decided I would make the recipe as written for him, but also do a modified batch for me…
This week’s TWD is a recipe I’ve had my eye on for a while; it is Tarte Noir chosen by Dharmagirl of bliss: towards a delicious life (page 351). A simple, elegant and incredibly rich chocolate tart, how could I resist?
As usual, I’m down to the wire for my posting deadline, so let’s get right to it…