Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

whole wheat chocolate chunk banana bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread was inspired by the banana bread sold at Cocoa & Company, one of our favorite neighborhood shops. Cocoa & Company specializes in chocolate and has a wall of chocolate bars from around the world, but what I like best about the shop are the coffee and pastries.

Focaccia Muffins

Focaccia Muffins

I was so happy to get comments on the Focaccia Giardiniera that I’m sharing another little creation.  I call these “Focaccia Muffins” because that’s what Mariano’s calls them and that’s where I got the idea. I saw them in the store, thought they looked cool, then went home and started playing around with focaccia dough.

Focaccia Giardiniera

Focaccia Giardiniera

Before moving to Chicago we didn’t have much of an opinion on Giardiniera, but it’s a pretty big deal in this town so we’ve been schooling ourselves. As homework, I bought a bottle of “Tuscan Gardens” giardiniera at Aldi and made “Focaccia Giardiniera” — a fancy sounding name for focaccia with giardiniara spread on the…

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Tunisian Date Nut Bread

Tunisian Date Nut Bread

After making the New York Times recipe for Sweet and Spicy Chicken, I had some leftover Tunisian dates. The dates definitely made the chicken dish more interesting, but I still prefer dates as dessert or breakfast and was happy to have enough left to make what I’m calling “Tunisian Date Nut Bread”. Now doesn’t that…

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Gâteau de Chocolate

gateu de chocolate

In “The Sweet Life in Paris“, David Lebovitz shares a recipe for his friend’s mother’s signature Gâteau de Chocolate. “Gâteau Thérèse” is a rich, chocolate cake packed with chocolate, eggs, and butter which when stored at room temperature, seems to improve with age. This cake came to mind last week after I served a chocolate…

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cream Cake

cream cake

This cream cake is my new favorite, and one of the reasons I like it so much is that it doesn’t require an electric mixer. You’d think without a mixer the texture would be like a muffin or quick bread, but it’s not. This recipe gives you a high-rising nicely rounded loaf cake with a…

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Marbled Banana Bread

marbled banana bread

This marbled banana bread was inspired by a loaf of marbled chocolate and banana bread we encountered at a hotel breakfast buffet in New York City. Normally I wouldn’t get excited about hotel banana bread, but this loaf was pretty good. Or maybe I was just really hungry at the time. Either way, I came…

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Chocolate Coconut Cake in a Loaf Pan

chocolate coconut cake

Until yesterday the only really good coconut flour recipe I had was for gluten-free chocolate cookies, but that’s changed thanks to this new chocolate coconut cake. It’s gluten free, can be mixed in minutes, and has a chocolate flavor so intense it doesn’t require any frosting.  It may not win any awards for appearance right…

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Valrhona Caraibe Chocolate Chunk Cookies

valrhona caraibe

Fuzz and I just returned from New York. Despite the snowy weather, we had a good time and our flight cancellation gave us an extra day to fit in a matinee of Fun Home. We really enjoyed ourselves, but it was still too quick of a trip and we didn’t get to do any bakery…

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Magic Cakes Review

Chocolate and Hazelnut

Today’s lovely three layer cake is a chocolate hazelnut flavored creation from Magic Cakes: Three cakes in one: one mixture, one bake, three delicious layers, a very fun book from children’s author and baker, Christelle Huet-Gomez. If you are in the market for a new cookbook I highly recommend this one. It’s a lot of…

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

red velvet cream cheese bundt cake

Years ago I posted a cake mix version of Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake. It desperately needs a new photo, but since cake mix doesn’t come in 18.25 oz boxes anymore, I’ll have to re-work the recipe. For now, here’s a scratch version.

Salty-Sweet Peanut Butter Sandies

peanut butter sandies

Maybe it was the holidays or just that we had a lot going on, but somehow I missed the Salty-Sweet Peanut Butter Sandies from The New York Times. Luckily I found the recipe and made them this morning.

Jumbo Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies

wheat germ chocolate chip cookies

“Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies” is a recipe adapted from Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts. It’s perfect for cold January days when you want to make something sweet, delicious and nourishing to both mind and body. Okay, that sounded a little cheesy coming from me, but you know the type of recipe. While…

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Trader Joe’s Almond Meal Macarons

almond meal macarons

I felt like making macarons this week, but at $14 a bag, the price of almond flour was holding me back. But then I found a less costly alternative – Trader Joe’s brand almond meal.

Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes


Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes is a recipe is from the back of the McCormick Extra Rich Pure Vanilla box. I don’t know if this particular vanilla is a new product or if it’s just one of the items I’ve found in Chicago that I couldn’t find in Austin, but both the vanilla and this recipe were…

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Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies

chocolate brownie cookies

I have plenty of recipes for chocolate brownie cookies, but considering the source, I couldn’t resist trying this one. It’s from one of my most-loved, most-used cookbooks, The Modern Kosher Kitchen: More than 125 Inspired Recipes for a New Generation of Kosher Cooks by Ronnie Fein. I won’t say too much about how great this book is since it’s…

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Chocolate Cake Madness!

gateu de chocolate
chocolate coconut cake
Chocolate Honey Cake
cow town chocolate cake
Mandarin Marble Loaf
chocolate layer cake
Chocolate Layer Cake
No-Egg Chocolate Cake
Marble Cake
Coca Cola
Marbled Bundt Cake
Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Pound Cake
Earthquake Cake
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Marble Cake
Hershey Bar Bundt Cake
'Tato Cake
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cupcake
Sauerkraut Cake
Double Fudge Fancifill Cake
Marble Cake
Ding Dong Cake
mini chocolate loaf cake
Chocolate Bourbon Cake
Cherry Chocolate Cake
chocolate cranberry cake
Birthday Cake
Irish Cream Cake
Slice of Cake
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

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