Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

I came across these cookies on Pinterest.  I have come across so many good recipes there. I just have to be careful when I start pinning because it is highly addictive!   These cookies are so very easy and very moist.   They are dairy free so if anyone has a dairy allergy feel free to enjoy these!  They are ever so slightly crisp on the edges and chewy on the inside.  Word of caution:  Don't eat these on a cold, wintry day when you plan on staying home.  They will be gone in no time.  Remember that dairy free does not mean fat free!!!!

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons vegan butter (I'm sure you can substitute margarine if you don't have vegan butter)
7 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup plain non dairy yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium size bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
Melt the butter (margarine) in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Remove from heat and stir in cocoa, sugar and brown sugar - the mixture will look like coarse sand!
Stir in the yogurt and vanilla extract until combined.
Stir in the flour mixture and mix just until moist.

Roll one tablespoon of dough into ball.  Space about 2 inches apart on baking sheet.  Bake in  350 degree F  preheated oven for about 8 - 10 minutes.  Cook on baking sheet for about 2 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One Bowl Apple Cake

Welcome 2014 and welcome back to my baking mojo!   Did you all have a nice new year celebration?  My perfect celebration is just staying home and having good food and watching some good TV with the hubby.  I'm a huge Walking Dead fan so my TV has been on overtime!  I started watching yesterday morning and caught it when I could throughout the day and switched back and forth last night between commercials to Time Square. I didn't want to miss the ball drop!  My youngest son who is now 14 and has his first "girlfriend" went to a party at her dads house.  So I was up till about 1:30 when the dad brought him home. I am  not ready for all this dating thing all over again.  My older boys were not that big into the dating scene and at 14 my son is quite young for all this.  But I don't see any harm as long as they are supervised when they are together.  We'll see how it goes.  Yes, I keep telling myself this as I think in my head "please don't let his heart get broken so young." Ugh...raising kids is never easy and you never know if you are doing the right thing or not until later on.  Just have to go with my gut instinct.  My instinct is usually correct, if I listen to it and not ignore it.
Well, this is the first post of the new year and since baking is my passion, how appropriate for it to be an apple cake.  I had seen this a few weeks back on Facebook and it looked delicious and simple.  Well, the final product does not look like the cake posted on Facebook.  In fact, I was downright pissed off when I saw how dark this cake looked and it didn't taste any better than it first.  It was dark and hard.  Great...I thought to myself. Another failure. I was going to toss the whole thing in the trash but I thought I would let my husband try it first.  The next day I told  my husband I wasn't happy with this cake at all. He said he didn't understand why since he thought it was delicious.  I looked at him like he had  2 heads.  Really?  Yes, really....Okay, I just dug my fork right in the cake and tasted another bite.  Wow!!!  It was really good and nothing like the night before.  Overnight, it transformed into a delicious soft and moist cake!!!!  I don't know how, but it did. I would not post this if it were not delicious. Plus it's one bowl simple!!!!  Definitely add some whipped cream on top for some added goodness!!!

One Bowl Apple Cake

2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
5 or 6 medium apples (I used Delicious)
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl mix eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil.  Peel and slice apples and add to mixture and coat so as not to turn brown.  Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl.  Mix well - this really works good with a fork - until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients.  Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan or two 9 inch round pans.  I used the 9 x 13 inch pan.  If you use the 9 inch round pans just remember this does not come out easily (if at all).  You may have to just slice in the pan.  Bake for approximately 55 minutes.  Check regularly....mine was done a little earlier.  Top with fresh whipped cream, if desired.