Baking

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Today was just one of those days where I needed chocolate, and since I had some bananas that needed using, I thought i’d make double chocolate banana bread. It turned out perfectly–crisp on the outside, super moist on the inside, and the dark chocolate made it nice and rich, without being ‘too much!’ This recipe is definitely a keeper! I hope you guys all love it too!

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Chocolate Mascarpone Tartlets with Raspberries

Chocolate Mascarpone Tartlets with Raspberries

In the last couple of days I decided to take my food photography to another level, just because I got bored with my photos, and thought that if I was going to keep blogging recipes, I was going to try and do it right. I knew these raspberry tartlets would be pretty to photograph, but I also wanted to make them because I have never made a tartlet in my life–and thought I would try something new and different. Also, let’s face it, they just sounded pretty darn delicious! I think every dessert recipe I have ever posted involves chocolate of some kind {I am kind of obsessed} and this recipe involves both white and milk chocolate, as well as fresh raspberries and mascarpone which are two other of my favorite things. I read quite a few recipes that were tedious, complex and time consuming, and decided to create a recipe that was simple, quick and easy {as usual!} I absolutely love this recipe. This morning I woke up at 6a.m to do a grueling workout, and then totally cancelled it out by having one of these for breakfast! But it was SO worth it!! I hope you guys enjoy:
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Dark Chocolate Cherry Chimichangas

Dark Chocolate Cherry Chimichangas

I have noticed that I don’t tend to bake or make desserts unless there’s a special occasion, or reason to– but tonight I had tons of left-over cherries from dinner, and decided to make something super yummy with them, just because I was in the mood! There’s no better pairing for cherries than dark chocolate, so I already had those two ingredients figured out, and then I remembered a recipe I pinned on pinterest a really long time ago for apple pie chimichangas, and decided to make dark chocolate cherry versions! Some people have told me that I am really “brave” because I make all of these crazy things {they say “exotic” to be polite}, but actually–my husband is the brave one, because I make him try everything first. He absolutely loved these, and went back for more before I could even take my first bite! Not only were these super delicious, rich and just pure heaven on earth, but they were SO quick and easy to make too {I think 5 minutes start to finish}. So this recipe is definitely a new <3!
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The BEST PB Choc Chip Cookies

The BEST PB Choc Chip Cookies

A few weeks ago my friend Patty brought me the Cake Boss {Buddy Valasto’s} Cookbook, and I have loved everything I have made from it so far! I made a batch of his peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for my kids and babysitter the other night when my husband and I went on a date to watch the new man of steel movie (which was awesome!) And my kids have not stopped raving about them since! {My son Braden who’s 4 is the biggest cookie-dough fiend I know!} So today I decided to make some more. Since this recipe is a new family fave and i’m sure I will be referring to it a lot, I decided to write it up: I didn’t change the ingredients, but I re-wrote the directions to make them a lot simpler and shorter. Instead of rolling them out into a log shape and cutting them (which took a whole page to explain) I decided to just make 1/4 cup, big, soft ones and change up the cooking temperatures and times. These are by far the best PB chocolate chip cookies I have ever had! I LOVE this recipe! I know you guys will too!
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Blackberry Crumb Cake

Blackberry Crumb Cake

I have noticed that I don’t usually tend to bake unless there’s a special occasion, event, holiday or birthday to bake for — but the other day I came across a recipe for this blackberry crumb cake, and it looked so divine–I just had to make it for no reason at all; other than I wanted to eat it! I have mentioned before how my little ones are obsessed with berries… to the point that they’d choose blackberries over candy, so I knew they would LOVE this cake–but my daughter Gemma just picked off the delicious crumb topping and ate the blackberries and left the actual cake! My husband loved the crumb topping so much too–that I decided to double the crumb topping in the recipe, because we all know it’s by far the BEST part! I put light sour cream in the cake itself, and I did start yoga a few days ago…. so I feel totally justified here! ;-) This cake is every bit, if not even more, delicious than it looks! I need to bake for no reason more often if i’m going to discover recipes like these! {Or NOT!!}
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