Friday, June 8, 2018

Zingerman's Bakehouse Black Magic Brownies

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While I was born in Michigan and lived there for many years I have not been to the world famous Zingerman's Bakehouse or the Deli in Ann Arbor. When I had the chance to review a copy of their new Zingerman's Bakehouse cookbook I couldn't wait to try a few of their recipes. 

The Zingerman's Bakehouse cookbook shares 25 years of the their best bread and pastry recipes with home cooks and bakers. There are 65 recipes for bagels, Detroit style pizza, French Crueller donuts, Rhubarb pie, brownies and more. Because I love brownies that was the first recipe that caught my eye.

The bakehouse actually makes three different brownies, the Black Magic which are plain brownies, Magic brownies with walnuts and Buenos Aires brownies with dulce de leche in the middle. I made both the Black Magic and the Magic brownies and they were both fabulous. I typically do not like walnuts in my brownies but the addition of them is this brownie was delicious. The brownies are not cakey and they are not fudgy, they fall in between and are incredibly chewy. 

This cookbook is a wonderful book for both fans of Zingerman's and those who have yet to visit. I am looking forward to making more of their recipes. 

If you would like to make the Black Magic or Magic Brownies here is the recipe.

Black Magic Brownies

1 cup plus 1 Tbsp chopped unsweetened  chocolate
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp softened unsalted butter
11/2 cups pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
23/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract

For Magic Brownies:
11/4 cup toasted walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 13" baking pan with baking  spray . I like to line my pan with foil and then spray it so that I can easily lift the brownies out.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, and baking powder. Mix with a whisk to eliminate the lumps.

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer combine the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat with a whisk until well aerated, about 5 minutes. Add the melted chocolate and whisk to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients using a rubber spatula. If you are making with the walnuts stir in the toasted walnuts at this point.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spread the batter evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool on a cooling rack for at least an hour. Cut into squares. Enjoy

Note: I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my opinion.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

To all the moms out there and most especially my mom, I hope that today you are surrounded by your children and perhaps grandchildren, enjoying a wonderful day and maybe even something chocolate. 

I love you mom!

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Double Chocolate Banana Bread from Smitten Kitchen

I am a huge fan of Deb from Smitten Kitchen and love to make her recipes because they always turn out and taste fabulous. This chocolate banana bread is perfect, it is easy, chocolaty, fudgy and delicious. 

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Recipe from: Smitten Kitchen


3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup  butter, melted

3/4 cup brown sugar 

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips


Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Prepare a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with butter or spray it with baking spray. I line mine with parchment paper as well to make it easier to remove. 
Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Then whisk in melted butter, add the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place baking soda, salt, flour and cocoa powder in a sifter and sift over wet ingredients.  Stir dry and wet ingredients with a spoon until just combined do not over mix as you do not want to bread to be dry.  Stir in chocolate chunks or chips.
Pour mixture in to prepared pan. Then bake for 55-65 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick or skewer, should come out clean and may have a smear of the chocolate chips. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack. Let cool for in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and serve warm or cool completely. 

You can find Debs great recipes on her blog or in her cookbooks

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookie

I am always searching for the BEST tasting chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. This week while perusing Pinterest I came across  a new recipe for the "best" basic chocolate chip cookie and frankly in my mind it is the best cookie I have made in the last few years. These cookies are easy, chocolaty, crispy and delicious. They have a crispy outside which I love and pockets of chocolate throughout from chipping the chocolate and soft gooey insides.

The BEST, Basic Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 cup (225 g) unsalted butter, chopped
31/4 cups (415 g) all-purpose flour
11/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
11/2 teaspoons medium-grain kosher salt
11/2 cups (320 g) packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces (340 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling (optional) 

Preheat an oven to 360°F (180°C). Line 2 heavy baking sheets or sheet pans with parchment paper.
In a medium saucepan over the lowest heat possible, melt the butter, without boiling, so minimal moisture is lost. Stir regularly, until the butter is almost completely melted. 
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Set aside.
Pour the melted butter into a large bowl and whisk in the sugars. The mixture may look like it will seize, but it will relax with a few seconds of stirring. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking briskly after each addition, but only to combine. Stir in the vanilla. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to stir in the dry ingredients. Once mostly blended, fold the chocolate into the dough until the remaining flour is incorporated, and the dough no longer looks dusty. Do not overmix.
If the dough seems warm or looks overly glossy, refrigerate for 5 minutes. Then roll into balls using 3 tablespoons of dough for each. Arrange on the prepared pans, leaving 3 inches in between each cookie. Sprinkle with sea salt if you like. Bake until the tops are cracked and lightly golden, yet the cookies are still soft at the center, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking. Leave the cookies on the sheet pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. The cookies can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
To make ahead, shape the dough in scoops or logs, wrap tightly, then seal in bags, and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Frozen scoops can be baked without defrosting, while logs should be held in the fridge until soft enough to slice. Reduce the oven temperature to 330°F (165°C) and increase the baking time as needed. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

6 of My Favorite St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Good morning! St.Patrick's Day is just around the corner and if you are like me than you care more about the sweet treats of the day rather than the corned beef and cabbage. 

Here are a few of my favorites:

Nigella Lawson Chocolate Stout Cake

Guinness Chocolate Brownies

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Caramel Brownie Terrine

Bailey's Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce

Bailey's Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding

Chocolate Guinness Cupcake with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

I hope that you have a happy and safe St.Patrick's Day. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Real Simple Magazine Hot Cocoa Mix

I love hot chocolate and always enjoy trying a new recipe. Typically I make my hot chocolate with chopped chocolate but that is a little time consuming. So when I saw a recipe for a homemade mix in the February edition of Real Simple I thought I would try it out.

The recipe is simple, easy and delicious.

Hot Cocoa Mix
From Real Simple Magazine February 2018 

21/2 cups instant no-fat dry milk
2 cups confectioners sugar
11/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp.  freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

Sift all of the ingredients together into a large bowl. 

To make a cup of cocoa: Place 1/4 cup of cocoa mix into a cup. Heat 1 cup of milk to a simmer. Pour 1/4 of hot milk over cocoa mix, stir until combined and smooth, then stir in the rest of the milk. 

Cocoa mix keeps in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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