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A Few Notes and TidBits

April 8, 2009

Part of the reason I love baking much more than I like cooking is because I like rules. With baking, you have exact measurements that when done correctly yield pleasing results every time. Cooking is more of a free for all – a dash of this, a pinch of that – that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. I like knowing exactly what I’m going to end up with before I start. As you can imagine, with an attitude like that I don’t tweak recipes much, especially when it comes to baked goods. So when I do, it’s kind of a big (or)deal.

This past weekend, I made chocolate chocolate cupcakes for my dad in honor of his birthday. (I inherited my deep love of chocolate from him!) For the cake part, I used the cake recipe from the Irish Carbomb Cupcakes, but (here comes the scary part) I substituted fresh brewed coffee for the Guinness. Then I topped them with the same chocolate glaze I mentioned in my previous Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes post. They were fantastic. Moist, not overly sweet, dark, delicious and super chocolaty. This will definitely be my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe from now on. (I didn’t take any photos because we were too busy eating them they looked exactly like the last batch of chocolate chocolate cupcakes.)

In other news, my mom bought me Ina Garten’s new Back to Basics cookbook a few weeks ago. I’ll eventually write a real review for it, once I have a chance to try some of the recipes, but so far I really like it! Lots of pretty photos (a must in my opinion) and the recipes sound delicious. Plus, any cookbook that has a “recipe” for a cheese plate is a winner in my book!

  1. Josh permalink
    April 8, 2009 10:24 am

    So far I’ve tried the Parmesan and Thyme Crackers, Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Easy Sticky Buns from “Back to Basics.” They were all easy and delicious!

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      April 8, 2009 10:25 am

      Josh, the Parmesan and Thyme Crackers was one of the recipes I had my eye on. Glad to hear they were good!

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