Chocolate Part 2

March 25, 2010


I love chocolate.  Well, I actually love any dessert.  As far as desserts go, chocolate could be worse for you.  It’s healthy antioxidants, along with dark chocolate’s low sugar content, make it reasonable!  Cocoa powder is fat-free and packs a punch of flavor; it’s downright healthy!  Clearly I’m in the same school of thought as my friend M-; her health food is creme brulee.  How?  Well, there’s protein from the eggs and calcium from the cream!

However, these chocolate muffins are (relatively) healthy.  I was walking through the hallways of my school when an intense craving for a chocolate-chocolate muffin hit me.  Our school sells Sara Lee muffins which are huge, oily, and about 500 calories each.  Dunkin Donuts sells delicious ‘muffins,’ but in reality those baked goods are more like cake.  Instead, I pulled out flour, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips as soon as I got home and got to work.  A little tweaking resulted in a healthier muffin that was still chocolaty and indulgent.  What’s more, they have my brother’s stamp of approval, which is no small matter, I assure you.

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Chocolate Part 1

March 25, 2010

I’ve been really bad about posting entries lately.  Daring Bakers has been the only thing forcing me to post, and I’m not even doing that this month!  There just wasn’t time; I can’t do anything extensive during the week and all the weekends in March just filled up.  I think it’s time for me to accept that my blog will never be a Smitten Kitchen, Closet Cooking, or 17 and Baking, and that’s okay.  I need to use this blog as a way to document my recipes and experiments for myself, and if that helps anyone else out or inspires them, then that’s great!

I’m thinking that perhaps next year I’ll be a bit more consistent.  I’ll have graduated and be completely free from english essays.  In fact, this blog may be a good incentive to continue writing!  We’ll see if I even have time (or materials, or money!) to bake and cook.  I’ll be away from home, without a mixer, food processor, or even baking pans.  It will definitely be an adventure.

So, clearly, I have to fit in all the baking I can until then!  (Even if it means putting off my calculus homework for a night…)

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Nanaimo Bars

January 27, 2010

I’ve never been to Canada, but if they make these bars there, maybe it’s worth taking a trip.


The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca.

These were delicious.  True, you have to like coconut, but I hear you can replace that with Rice Crispies if you can’t stand it.  Making the bars themselves was pretty easy.  My only difficulties came in spreading on the chocolate.  The real challenge was the homemade graham crackers.  These were supposed to be gluten free, but as a young, high-school aged kid, I don’t have a ton of money (or time) to spend on finding rare and exotic types of flours.  One day, I’ll have all the time in the world to scour the shelves of whole foods with my inoordinate amounts of money buying chickpea flour and gluten-free mixes, but until then…. I have to stick with whole wheat.  =[ Read the rest of this entry »

All Things Fall

November 11, 2009

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As fall comes around, I start to get really excited about the apples and pumpkin just waiting to be baked.  I dream of pumpkin pies, apple crisps, and other classic desserts.  I also start school, which makes it very difficult to transform any of these dreams into reality.  I went apple picking a total of zero times this fall, and didn’t even have time to carve a pumpkin.

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However, I have diligently squeezed in time to make a few fall-themed goodies.  I am a pumpkin lover (we have about 4 giant cans in our pantry right now), so I will add pumpkin to everything!  My first experiment was chocolate pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins.  Whew, that’s a mouthful.  I actually made these low-fat, and was not one-hundred percent happy with the texture.  They were a tiny bit dry.  I think adding more pumpkin (or more fat, if you want to) would easily solve this.  The taste, on the other hand, was delicious, and they looked so pretty!

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Belated Birthday

November 1, 2009

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday… Wait, wasn’t that more than a month ago?

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I turned seventeen (17!) on September 12th.  I had an amazing birthday party.  A bunch of my friends came over and we had a scavenger hunt.  Some of the items on the list; a teacher’s signature from our high school, an item of baby clothing, something on sale, a toy, and a picture with a sophomore at our school.  “And who won?” you ask.  Well, we tied, but the other team cheated.  We drove to a local restaurant to pick up the sophomore from the place where he works and went inside to search for him where he told us he’d be.  Strangely enough, we learned he had already left.  We returned home sophomoreless, only to find the other team had kidnapped him!  No fair.  We got a picture with a picture of him, which earned us half-credit, and they forgot to get a picture for one of their items, for which they received half-credit.  But really, we should have won.

Regardless, it was a fun activity.  The best part was, all the items like the baby clothes, toys, and articles of winter clothing were donated to a charity afterwards.  What a great use of my birthday!

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Puff

September 29, 2009

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It’s hard to find time to bake when school is in session.  Or to do anything else for that matter.  I have a couple of blog entries that I want to put up, and I haven’t gotten to any of them.  Actually, right now I should be tackling the mountain of homework I have.  Shhh, don’t tell…

Anyways, I carved out an entire Sunday to tackle my first Daring Baker’s challenge: puff pastry vols-au-vent.  The September 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan.

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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

September 2, 2009

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My family was going to our friends’ house for dinner, so I got the task of making dessert.  My favorite task!  I love having an occasion to bake, because that means what I make is much more likely to be eaten.  When you’re in a house full of healthy eaters and you decide to make cookies on a Wednesday night, they unfortunately go to waste.  However, nobody had any problem eating these.  We all loved them.  They tasted delicious and looked beautiful!

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