Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Quadruple Chocolate Bread

As the days get shorter and darker earlier I feel myself getting ready for Fall and Winter nesting. For me that means a pile of books, more often than not cookbooks, a warm throw and a cosy fire. I love to spend my days reading and baking and frankly just getting cosy with a cup of tea and a tasty treat.





One of my favorite things to bake when it is cold out is a quick bread, simply because it is quick, easy and delicious. You can enjoy them warm from the oven, slathered in butter or the next day for breakfast or snacks. 






This chocolate quick bread is just that, quick, easy and filled with melty chocolate chips and chunks. I think it is going to fit in very nicely with my plans for this Fall and Winter. 

Quadruple Chocolate Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
11/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup 85% chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 5" loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment or waxed paper and grease that as well. Set aside.

In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.

In a bowl combine the egg, milk and oil. Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour and mix until just moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips and chunks. Spoon batter into pan.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes then remove from pan, peel off parchment or waxed paper and cool completely.








Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lunch Lady Brownies



Lately as I see the school supplies for sale I have been reminded of my own back to school days. One of my favorite things about my all girls high school was the food. Everything was made by a few lunch ladies everyday, we had hot food and cold food and fresh cookies and brownies.




I have dreamed about those brownies for many years and have searched for a recipe to replicate them. Although these are not exactly the same they are delicious!





Lunch Lady Brownies


1 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside. 
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the melted butter and cocoa powder, blend until smooth. Then add the flour and sugar and mix until combined. Then add the eggs and vanilla, mix until just combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let brownies cool for 15 minutes then spread with frosting. You want the Brownies warm when you frost them.






Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined and smooth. Pour over warm brownies and smooth out. Let brownies cool before slicing. 





Rich, fudge brownies with a layer of fudge frosting. The perfect combination if you ask me. And I am sure that your kids would agree a special treat for back to school!




Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bread Pudding

I love chocolate chip cookies and make a lot to share with family and friends, don't get me wrong I also consume my fair share as well. Sometime though I bake too many and hate to have them go to waste. So I decided to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bread Pudding. 







Bread pudding is a big dessert here in the South, it is also one of those desserts that you either love or hate. I happen to love and and make it often when having guests. It is a great way to use up leftover bread, croissants, muffins and even cookies and frankly is a very easy dessert to whip together. It is basically a custard poured over whatever bread or cookies that you like. 







Chocolate Chip Cookie Bread Pudding 

Ingredients

11/2 lbs leftover/stale chocolate chip cookies, broken into pieces
2 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
6 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Place the broken cookies in the baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and liqueur.
In another bowl, combine the granulated and brown sugar and mix well. Add this to the milk mixture and whisk to combine.
Add the vanilla to the beaten eggs. Combine the egg mixture with the milk mixture and mix well, then sprinkle in the chocolate chips.  Pour the mixture evenly over the broken cookies; let stand, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes, or until the cookies have absorbed most of the milk mixture. Bake the pudding for 1 hour, or until set; a knife inserted into the center of the pudding should come out clean. Serving the pudding warm, or refrigerate it and serve chilled. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or drizzled with hot fudge. 

NOTE: I like to leave my cookies out for a day to get them hard, that way they absorb the milk mixture better. 





What do you think? Is this something that you would try? I hope that you do because it is fast, easy and delicious! I think it would make a great addition to any dinner, barbecue or party!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Trisha Yearwood's Chocolate Brownies





Good morning! Brownies and chocolate chip cookies are staples in my diet and they are the recipes that I turn to again and again. Consequently I am always in search of "the best",  "the perfect", the "most fudgy" brownie or cookie. This week after perusing my Chocolate Pinterest Board I discovered a recipe for Trisha Yearwood's Brownies that I had pinned some time ago and thought I would try out. I am so happy that I did because they are fabulous!





The recipe is different from other brownie recipes because there is no butter, you use shortening instead. I was a bit skeptical that they would be a little greasy but they were fudgy, sweet, and had a nice crispy crust on the top, like a European brownie. The frosting while not Trisha's recipe is delicious and makes the brownies look beautiful, perfect for a party or a barbecue. 




Trisha Yearwood's Brownies

2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening, such as Crisco

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with foil and then prepare with cooking spray. Set aside. 

Melt the chocolate and shortening together over simmering water or in the microwave for 30 second intervals. Cool the chocolate mixture slightly.  In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs well then add the sugar and combine thoroughly, finally stir in the chocolate mixture.

Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt, then stir into the chocolate mixture along with the vanilla. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.



Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.



After cooling for about 20-30 minutes, spread icing on top and let cool completely before cutting.




Chocolate Frosting 


1 stick butter, melted

4  cups powdered sugar 

½ cup baking cocoa

½ cup whole milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder and stir to mix well. Add the melted butter, milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. 






I hope that you have a great weekend! Enjoy!



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars





Salty and sweet, chocolaty and buttery, crunchy and creamy, these Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars have it all. And by all, I mean all the flavors and textures that one loves in a cookie bar. Magic Bars are one of my favorite treats to make and eat.  In fact they are the number one pinned recipe of this blog on Pinterest and have been repined, 167,510 times! 









The recipe is so easy and honestly you could add any combination of chocolate chips, candy bars and toppings to these bars to make them exactly the way you like them.

Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars

1/2 cup melted butter
11/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 can of Eagle brand condensed milk

2 cups chopped peanut butter cups
1 cup of chopped pretzels


Heat oven to 350. Melt butter and pour into a 9x13 pan. Mix in graham cracker crumbs. Pour condensed milk over the crumbs and then layer the remaining ingredients evenly. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool the cut and enjoy.








If you are interested in recipes from this blog you can find them on my Once Upon a Chocolate Blog Board on Pinterest and if you would like the recipe for the Original Magic Bars click here.








Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rinse Bath & Body Box of Chocolate Soap

Typically I share recipes here, but the blog is called Once Upon A Chocolate Life after all, so I also like to share my chocolate "finds" as well. The week my sister in law gave me a fabulous Box Of Chocolate soap made by Rinse Bath and Body Co. If you are a chocolate lover or know someone that is these would be a great gift. 





Four handmade chocolate soaps including Amber Chocolate, Chocolate, Fudge Brownie, and Raspberry Drizzle arrive nestled snug in a box. 





I love these descriptions from their online store.






Amber Chocolate- Amber lends a warm, mysterious blend to an ever so sweet & spicy chocolate. 














Chocolate- With gourmet chocolate whipped into the topping & sprinkled on top of this soap along with the sophisticated, spicy chocolate scent, your sweet tooth just may be satisfied... with zero calories! 










Fudge Brownie- A fresh batch of rich, dense brownies swirled with creamy fudge. Almost sweet enough for dessert. 





Raspberry Drizzle- A sweet drizzle of raspberry wrapped in decadent fudge, making this both sweet and delectable. 




What do you think? I think the look and the smell is fabulous.  I loved mine so much that I ordered a few boxes for some chocolate loving friends. 

Have a great day! 





Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thick Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Good morning! I hope that your week is going well. I have been baking up a storm this week, cheesecakes, cookies, a cake and these brownies. Thankfully they were all for friends otherwise all of my hard work from my walking workout would be undone. 





These brownies are the kind that I like, moist, thick, fudge and delicious. As I always mention, if you like cake like brownies then these might not be for you.

The frosting is not needed but is a nice chocolatty addition. If do not like frosting or have another favorite recipe than by all means use that instead. 



Thick Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Ingredients

1 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
1 cup flour
2 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoon coffee



Frosting

1/2 cup butter
31/2 cup confectioners
1/4 cup cocoa powder
11/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees  and grease an 8x8 inch pan.  Sift together the dry ingredients. Add the butter and vanilla, then add the eggs mixing well after each addition. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes. Do not over bake.
(I like to make my brownies a little underdone that way they do not dry out as fast.)Cool on wire rack.

Melt the butter over medium heat, then add the remaining ingredients, whisking until smooth and thickened. Pour over warm brownies then let cool. 






These brownies would be a great addition to your weekend barbecue or just as a snack! I hope that you try them!






If your preference is for something other than chocolate, than check out this Swedish Almond Cake that I made this weekend, it is scrumptious. I think it may be my new favorite dessert.