Monthly Archives: May 2015

Just a Little Craving, Chocolate Pound Cake

Why do we crave chocolate? We crave chocolate because it tastes good. It smells good. It feels good when it gets all melty on our tongue. And all of those feelings, are the result of our brain releasing chemicals in response to each chocolate sensation. The experience of eating chocolate results in feel good neurotransmitters or the release of dopamine.

Dopamine is released when you experience anything that you enjoy. This ability of the brain is what makes each of us in a class by ourselves.

In fact, there are supposedly people in the world who do not like chocolate, I only know one personally. You know who you are.

 

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Chocolate Pound Cake
From the Chef in Training

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
5 eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups flour, all purpose
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa powder, sifted
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4-1/3 cups evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In the a stand mixer cream together butter, sugar and vanilla paste. Add eggs and beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together.
Alternating buttermilk and flour, incorporate the two into the butter mixture.
Pour into 3 greased and floured loaf pans.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until done.

Directions for frosting
Combine sifted powdered sugar and cocoa powder together in mixing bowl. Add butter and gradually add evaporated milk until you have a smooth spreadable consistency.


I knew there was a reason I liked chocolate !  That and licking the spoon!

 

A Little Bird Told Me, Don’t Feed Mom in Bed – Sourdough Buttermilk Banana Pancakes

A Little Bird Told Me, Don’t Feed Mom in Bed!

The popular misnomer is mom wants to be fed in bed for Mother’s Day. But if you really think about it eating in bed it is just a disaster waiting to happen. Yes, mom needs to be treated like a queen for Mother’s Day. But what mom really needs, is a good Mimosa. A real Mimosa should be served in a tall beautiful champagne glass which doesn’t always work on a tray in the bed.
So make mom a mimosa and some of these great little pancakes, which are easy to clean up after. They’re made in the blender! Even the kids and dad can leave the kitchen tidy after this. And after all that is really what mom wants, after breakfast. A clean kitchen and another mimosa of course!


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Sour Dough Buttermilk Banana Pancakes

makes 8, 6″pancakes

1/2 c sour dough starter, fed
1 bananas, chopped
1 cup flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
3 T melted butter, pulse extra for griddle
1 teaspoon vanilla

This recipe can be made in the blend, it makes the batter super smooth and very easy to pour from the carafe onto the griddle.

Combine the liquids in the blender first, buttermilk, eggs, sourdough starter, butter, and vanilla. Then add the chopped banana and pulse to a smooth state. Incorporate dry ingredients and pulse until smooth. Allow to rest while you heat the griddle.

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Heat griddle to medium high, and melt butter. Pour batter onto griddle and allow to bubble on top for a few moments and flip and brown the other side. Top with banana, strawberries, butter and all the other fruity, sweet, delicious things you can possibly think of.

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