Cocoa Brownie Cake

WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S AN OCCUPATION.”  Sinclair Lewis

Cocoa Brownie Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Is it me, or does everything feel like so much more of an effort in the winter?

Walking to the bus stop, hauling my recyclables out to the curb, stopping to put gas in the car . . . . . these 5 minute activities feel like 20 when it’s cold outside!  Just getting ready to go to work in the morning feels like an occupation.  The days of grabbing my purse and keys are gone for a while.  Now I have to consider my coat, boots, warm socks, hat, scarf, mittens and chapstick!

Do you feel like you are working double duty in the winter?  I do!  Especially on those days when I have to shovel my way out the door before I can get anywhere!

I take a bus and a train back and forth to my job.  It’s about an hour and a half commute one way.  I leave when it’s dark.  I get home when it’s dark.  And a warm cup of cocoa really hits the spot some nights.  And in the winter months, baking should not feel like another of my occupations!

This sweet, chewy cocoa brownie cake is just about effortless!  It’s made in one bowl.  You can eat it straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.  Or you can add a layer of chocolate ganache and top it with loads of whipped cream!  And perfect with a cup of cocoa! [Read more...]

Brooksters

Good BAKED SUNDAY MORNING! 

Brooksters | From My Sweet Heart

Baked Sunday Mornings is a group of bakers/bloggers who are fanatical about baking from the cookbooks of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.  The group started off with Baked:  New Frontiers in Baking.  I jumped in with Baked Explorations.  And now, the group will also be baking from the authors’ latest book, Baked Elements.  This morning we are featuring a recipe from the new book.  And it’s a good one!  The Brookster That wonderful combination of sweet, fudgey brownie and soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie.  Is there any more dynamic duo? [Read more...]

Black & Tan Brownies

“BEER THAT IS NOT DRUNK HAD MISSED IT’S VOCATION.”  Meyer Breslau, 1880

Black & Tan Brownies | From My Sweet Heart

Well, some GREAT Irish beer has certainly found it’s vocation in this pan of brownies!!!  For me?  I’m more of a martini girl.  I find I usually only enjoy beer with certain kinds of food.  But much like adding coffee to chocolate, the Guinness beer in this recipe enhances the chocolate with rich, malt tones.  Many black & tan brownie recipes add another brownie layer as the “tan” component.  I decided to switch it up a bit by adding….. [Read more...]

Toasted Mochalaska

“EVERY GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IS THE VICTORY OF A FLAMING HEAT.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Toasted Mochalaska | From My Sweet Heart

Well I decided what to do with the leftover coffee ice cream from the Baked Sunday Mornings.  As you may recall, I felt that the ice cream had an unusual, but tasty, salty quality to it.  So I felt pairing it with something sweeter might help round it out a bit.  And what better sweet thing than chocolate!  The traditional baked alaska is such a ’50s dessert.  But sometimes nostalgia is a good thing if we can put a slightly new twist on it.  So I decided to use brownies studded with toffee bits in place of cake.  And coffee ice cream covered in sweet meringue that is not baked, but toasted with my kitchen blowtorch!  (I’ve been dying to pull that out again).  You know…this can be a quick weeknight dessert by using your favorite bakery or store bought brownie; and your favorite flavor of ice cream from your grocer’s freezer.  (I sound like a commercial here!)  And all you would have to do is whip up the meringue and torch it.  All in all….a pretty quick assembly.  But here’s what to do if you want to make this yummy treat from scratch….. [Read more...]