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Chocolate Heaven in a Cupcake

Get your Irish on to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any day) with these rich, divine, chocolaty, sweet, spicy, salty and Guinnessy cupcakes.

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

 

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Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Guinness (any beer will do, but Guinness is highly recommended)
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnaom
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 slices of bacon

 

Directions for Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 325F

Line muffin tin regular-size cupcake liners (recipe makes 24 cupcakes).

Turn stove top element on medium heat, and add beer and butter in a saucepan and whisk together until the butter is all melted.

Once butter is melted, remove from heat.

In a bowl, add: sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until smooth.

In a separate bowl, sift the cocoa and add sugar, cinnamon and ginger to the cocoa, then slowly whisk the cocoa/sugar mixture into the beer mixture in the saucepan, and keep whisking. (The mixture will look lumpy, and that’s okay).

In another bowl, sift flour and baking soda together and then add it to the saucepan mixture.

Mix it all together, until the mixture looks like an even chocolaty color.

Fill the cupcake liners (about three-quarters full with batter).

Bake for 27 – 30 minutes (until the center of cupcake comes out dry when tested with a toothpick).

While cupcakes are baking, cook 6 slices of bacon until crispy, then blot with paper towel, let cool and then crumble and set aside.

Once cupcakes are baked, let them cool for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup un-salted butter, softened
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups icing (confectionery) sugar
  • 6 TBSP cream
  • pinch of salt

Directions for Buttercream Icing:

Beat the butter until it’s light and creamy, you want a smooth, creamy consistency, then add the icing sugar, until it is all incorporated.

Add the cream and a pinch of salt, incorporate the cream into the mixture.

Add the vanilla then keep mixing until icing is fluffy and thoroughly combined.

Pipe each cupcake with icing, and sprinkle crumbled bacon on top.

 

 

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Scrumptious, Sweet & Salty Christmas Bites

Please welcome Real Estate Woman-preneur, Nancy Pugliese to the blog as she shares this easy-to-prepare, wonderfully delicious, chocolaty treat. They are addictive, hence the title “Cracker Crack.”

Saltine Cracker Toffee (aka “Cracker Crack”)

 

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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time from start to finish: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

40 (or more if needed) Saltine Crackers (salted)
1 Cup Butter (unsalted)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or milk or dark chocolate chops, your choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F

Line a cookie sheet with as many of the Saltine Crackers that it will take to fill your cookie sheet (approx. 40).

Please note: Do not overlap and do not place the crackers on top of each other.

Add butter and brown sugar in a pot, stir mixture, and bring to a boil,. Once the mixture is boiling, continue stirring and boiling for three minutes. Mixture should be a deep, caramel color.

Remove pot from heat and immediately pour the mixture over the Saltine Crackers, ensuring that every single cracker is covered by the caramel mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes. The crackers should look all bubbly.

Remove tray from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top, and let sit for a few minutes to allow chocolate to melt. Once chocolate has melted, spread the melted chocolate to cover all the crackers.

**Optional** You can add chopped nuts on top.

Allow the crackers to cool completely, then break into pieces, or you can use a knife to cut them into pieces.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor. You may not want to share with your family and friends once you taste one…that’s okay, I won’t judge you.

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About Nancy Pugliese:

Nancy Pugliese exemplifies integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Fluently bilingual, Nancy was raised in Orleans in an entrepreneurial family, and after graduating with a bachelor in Criminology and minor in Sociology from The University of Carleton, she embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and launched her career with REMAX, immersing herself in learning every aspect of the real estate industry.

Clients choose to work with Nancy as they know they are gaining a full-service agent who possesses all the resources a client may need from stagers, painters, HVAC, locksmith, lawyers, mortgage brokers and more. Highly professional, she’s worked in different aspects of the industry, from real estate administration to liaising with photographers, signage, coordinating successful open houses, and marketing.

Nancy’s clientele recognizes they have an agent who surpasses all expectations to ensure a stress-free transaction. Known for her outstanding client services, and 24/7 availability, she has proven to be the consummate committed agent. In fact, while in the hospital, preparing to give birth to her precious baby girl, Nancy received a phone call from a client who needed an offer written up. With the assistance of a co-worker, and her trusty Smart phone, she negotiated the doubled-ended deal, ensuring both buyer and seller were serviced in a professional and swift manner. This commitment to client services extends to the four-legged members of a client’s family as well, as she once volunteered to walk a client’s dog while an agent from another agency showed their house, as her client couldn’t make it home in time for the showing.

When not dedicating her time to meet all her clients’ needs, Nancy enjoys spending time with family, and playing soccer and volleyball. As an active member of the “Best Shoe Closet Association,” she understands the importance of utilizing space in homes for each member of the family when looking to purchase a home, and creative staging for clients selling their homes.

Nancy is a firm believer in giving back, and is passionate about animal and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, participating in 5K runs to help raise awareness and money for these causes.

Five words you can count on from Nancy Pugliese, loyalty, enthusiasm, honesty, passion, and fun.

 

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Bake someone happy.

It’s that time of the year when baking for others is not only about gifting something sweet, but it has major therapeutic benefits for the baker.

 

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No matter what level of cook or baker one is, a simple recipe for cookies is an excellent way to express your creativity, and  a great way to relieve stress.

 

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Here’s a delicious, moreish recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, guaranteed to fill your home with a warm, comforting aroma.

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients:

cup un-salted butter, softened
cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chunks -or- chocolate chips; semi-sweet -or- milk chocolate (your choice)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use a non-stick baking sheet).
  3. You’ll need two bowls; large one for dry and and smaller one for wet ingredients.
  4. In the large bowl, sift together; flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. In the smaller bowl, cream together the butter, brown and white sugars, and stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then stir in the vanilla, and slowly add the beaten eggs and blend well together.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients in the creamy mixture until just blended (do not over mix).
  7. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips.
  8. Stir enough (not too much stirring) to get everything evenly distributed.
  9. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
  11. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer onto a cookie wire rack to cool completely….but, it’s always nice to pinch a warm cookie before they are completely cooled.

These cookies make a great contribution for a cookie exchange.

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Celebrating Blueberry Season with Chocolate

I love fruit ending in “erries”; blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

What better way to celebrate blueberry picking season than with the other super food—chocolate.

Here’s a recipe for a decadently delicious, brownie-like-chocolate-pie, with a few different suggestions on serving it (my favorite way to eat it, is topped with any berry in season).

This recipe is quick and easy, and you probably have all the ingredients in your home to make it right now.

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup flour
3 TBSP. cocoa powder (use a good quality one, it really does make a difference)
1 tsp. salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 F

In a bowl, add butter and mix until smooth, then add sugar and mix together until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, add: flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and mix well.

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix well.

Line a pie plate with parchment paper (or you can also grease it and add a bit of flour so it doesn’t stick.

Bake for 30 minutes (or until center is done).

Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream, and favorite berries, and you have a dessert filled with super-antioxidants.

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Sprinkle icing (confectioners) sugar on top.

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Enjoy with a scoop of ice-cream.

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There is nothing more erotic than pouring chocolate on it.

Now’s the time (actually, any time is the time when it comes to erotic pleasures) to indulge yourself with this versatile, sinfully delicious, chocolate sauce recipe.

Drizzle it over fruit, cake, cookies, ice-cream, yogurt—use your imagination, if you like it on its own, then it’s even better with chocolate.

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Chocolate Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (250 ml) water
½ cup milk (for extra richness and decadence you can use cream)
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)
8 ounces of high-quality chocolate for the best flavor and texture–bittersweet or semisweet– finely chopped

Directions:

Turn stove top to medium heat.

In a saucepan, whisk together: water, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder.

Keep whisking until the mixture comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate, stirring until chocolate is all melted.

Put aside for 1 ½ to 2 hours, this will allow the sauce to thicken.

To serve warm, heat on low for a few minutes, or can be served at room temperature, just stir before drizzling.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in a tightly covered container, and rewarmed before serving.

ENJOY. 🙂

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Chocolate Pizza

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday. I’m plucking a recipe from the Cook Like A Writer cook book for this week, as I’ve been in my writer’s cave, participating in the BOOK IN A MONTH CLUB.

I’m also interviewed on Lucy Pireel’s blog today. If you have a moment, click HERE and hop on over to Lucy’s blog and say hello, that is, after you pick up this recipe that I know you’ll want to try.

Most people love pizza.

Most people love chocolate.

Why not put those two together for a heavenly experience? The only thing missing is the stuffed crust, but then again, what’s stopping you from using your imagination and stuffing the crust with more chocolate?

Chocolate Pizza is also a favorite of Maddie Saunders, the heroine in What A Girl Wants. I swear that girl would dip broccoli and asparagus in chocolate if she could.

Kids will love this pizza and the kid in the adult will also enjoy a slice…or two.

Ingredients:

Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)

1/2 stick unsalted butter (about 2 tablespoons butter) melted

1/4 cup as Nutella spared

3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

For Optional Toppings see below

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sprinkle some flour on your working surface.

Roll out dough on the surface (if using a round pizza pan, then roll out to fit pan, or if using a square pan roll out to fit that pan)

Transfer dough to baking sheet.

Using your thumb, make indentations all over the dough.

Brush the dough with melted butter over.

Bake for about 20 minutes (until dough is a light golden.)

Remove from oven and spread the Nutella over the hot crust.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips all over and return to the oven.

Bake for another 2 – 3 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt.

Cut into slices.

Delicious this way, or experiment with the optional toppings below, or some of

your own creations.

Optional Toppings.

Mini marshmallows (sprinkle on top and broil for 1 – 2 minutes, until marshmallows are golden)

Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts before serving

Sprinkle with shredded coconut before serving

Add colorful M&M’s before serving

Sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper, for that sweet & spicy experience

 

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

This blog is dedicated to Sunny and Shambles from SWEET DREAMS by Kristen Ashley.

Gitte Doherty from Totally Booked Blog introduced me to Kristen Ashley and the alpha-male-hero’s and kick-ass world of mystery, fun and humor she has created. I started off with Motorcycle Man and then of course had to read the whole Dream Man Series. I am currently reading Rock Chick Series, then on to Colorado Series and then the Burg Series…I’m totally addicted and out of control!

If you haven’t read Motorcycle Man or Own the Wind (the first in the Chaos Series) I strongly recommend you do. If you are an avid fan of Sons of Anarchy television series, then these are the books for you.

Readers and reviewers Heidi and Gitte will be on my blog in the near future to give you their impressions of these books.

Now, speaking of addictions….CHOCOLATE…most people’s kryptonite and here is a recipe to satisfy your chocolate addiction.

CHOCOLATECAKE

Yes, you read the title of this blog right: CHOCOLATE MAYO CAKE.

Chocolate plus mayonnaise in a cake is a party for the tummy. Trust me. This cake will be a hit with you, your family and friends.

It’s moist and chocolate-ilcious topped with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting that will bring out the oohs-aahhs and award you with many compliments.

 

 Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup Real Mayonnaise

1 1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

4 heaping TBSP cocoa powder

pinch of salt

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup of boiling water

Optional: Fresh strawberries or fresh raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Add baking soda in the boiling water.

Mix ALL the Ingredients: in one large bowl and mix well, until everything is incorporated

Spray 2 cake pans with non-stick spray

Pour batter equally in both pans

Bake for approximately 25 – 30 minutes (or until done)

Put on cake rack and let cool.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

1/4 cup butter

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

3 TBSP Cocoa Powder

1 tsp. vanilla

2 TBSP milk

Directions: for Frosting

Mix together all Ingredients:

You may need to add more milk (slowly) until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.

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Optional: Decorate with fresh raspberries or strawberries.

Enjoy!

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