Chocolate banana bread

Late call on Internal Medicine is when you admit patients from 4-7 PM, and end up staying past then to work their problems up. What better prep than bringing banana bread, and that too, chocolate:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large brown bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Mash bananas in a bowl and add melted butter, oil and stir. Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt. Combine dry & wet ingredients and stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle more chocolate on top. Bake for 1 hour at 350*F.

[adapted from here]

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Deliciously overloaded with chocolate. You almost can’t taste the bananas (which I personally can’t complain about!)

3 quick chocolate chip cookies

3 so you can share with 2 other people… or do like I did, and share with no one.

I found this recipe here, last night when a chocolate craving onset in the evening. What I really wanted was a pizookie (which I tried for the first time a few weeks ago…more on that later).

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips

Melt the butter at room temperature. Add in the sugars. Then add vanilla extract, egg yolk, baking soda, and cornstarch. Finally fold in the flour and chocolate chips. Freeze for 5 minutes and then bake for 12-14 minutes @ 350*F.

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They were fine… not amazing, but hit the craving.

I probably have a low key chocolate addiction.

One GIANT chocolate chip cookie

March & April 2017 have been a black hole in my life. I was studying for Step 1 and sometimes felt I was falling in multiple holes. I also baked very little… and it seems I’ll have even less time during third year. Anyways.

The night before we started third year, I made a giant chocolate chip cookie:

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp whisked egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Melt butter and add brown sugar, salt, 1 T egg, vanilla, flour & baking soda. Mix well and add chocolate chips. Shape dough onto a baking sheet and press more chocolate on top. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees.

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6″ simple cake base

I got this base recipe out of my Dessert for Two cookbook. I had some leftover caramel frosting from making salted caramel cupcakes, so I whipped up this one bowl base and smothered it with the abundant leftover frosting… just in time to watch the Bachelor (only slightly really embarrassing).

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup & 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Cream the butter & sugar. Add the egg white and vanilla extract. Sprinkle in flour, baking soda, and salt. Add sour cream. Combine all ingredients until just mixed. Bake in a 6″ pan for about 25 minutes at 325*F.

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(Pictured in the back is my copy of the Book Thief – bought 2nd hand for 4.95$ at 2nd & Charles. I publicly pledge to make a good dent in this book by the end of this week.)

Salted caramel cupcakes

Salted caramel is definitely my fav flavor this year. These cupcakes actually remind me a bit of the Sprinkles one I had at Downtown Disney (Orlando). I modified this recipe. Special thanks for friends who helped & provided the best company.

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • frosting
    • 1/2 cup salted butter
    • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
    • additional pinch of salt, as needed

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the butter & sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat. Mix the dry & wet ingredients together. Do not overtax the batter. Fill cupcake liners and bake for about 22 minutes at 350*F.

For the frosting, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar & heavy cream. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add salt. Allow to bubble for 3 minutes and then remove to heat and allow cooling for about 15 minutes. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time with electric mixer. Frost cooled cupcakes.

I love the color of rich caramel:

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One for the {recipe} books

Brownie cupcakes w cookie dough frosting

DOUBLE CUPCAKE POST on its way. It was a really great (gloomy) day to stay in & bake & frost.

This recipe only uses one bowl for the brownies & one for the frosting so it’s very simple.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces 60% Ghiradelli chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • frosting
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter,
    • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup whole milk
    • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Melt chocolate and sliced butter in a bowl, stirring well. Allow cool for a few minutes and then stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well. Mix in flour & salt. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for about 22 minutes at 325*F.

For the frosting, cream the sugar and butter with an electric mixer. Add the vanilla. Stir in flour & salt. Stir in milk & beat until fluffy. Fold in the chocolate chips. Frost the cooled cupcakes generously.

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This would be great for brownie/cookie dough lovers! Personally, I prefer my cookies baked…

Blondies for 2

I modified a recipe from my cherished Dessert for Two Cookbook (best birthday present ever!!) This recipe is completely customizable with your favorite chocolate & nuts!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate (I used white chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

This is a one bowl recipe! First, cream the butter & sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla and mix. Sprinkle in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined. Stir in the  chocolate & nuts of your choice. Pour batter in a prepared loaf pan and bake at 350*F for about 20 minutes.

Your array of choices:
Chocolate: white, milk, dark, butterscotch… mixed
Nuts: pecan, walnuts, macadamia nuts… mixed

I went with white chocolate & pecans… and a sprinkle of chocolate on the top because I have no self control.

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Fruit pizza!!!

If there’s anyway to get me to eat fruits, it’s this way… I’ve seen it made at many gatherings (a crowd-pleaser for sure) and finally decided to make it tonight for me & one of my oldest friends on her less than 12 hour pitstop in Gainesville. You can easily hack this recipe by using premade sugar cookie dough, but I decided to make everything from scratch using this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 8 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • assorted sliced fresh fruit (of your choice!!!)

For the crust: in one bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg & vanilla. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cornstarch. Combine the wet & dry ingredients. Press dough into a 12 inch pizza pan as evenly as possible and chill for at least 30 minutes. Bake at 350*F for about 17-18 minutes or until browned. Let the crust cool.

For the frosting: beat the cream cheese & butter. Add the confectioners’ sugar and 1 Tablespoon milk. Add vanilla and 1 additional Tablespoon of milk (if needed). Spread in a thick layer over the cooled crust. Decorate with fruit!

The sugar crust is perfectly textured, as is the tangy/sweet cream cheese frosting. My decorations could use work but I guess it doesn’t matter how it looks when it’s happily in your stomach. >:)

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Red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies

To continue in the holiday spirit, I used more of the red food coloring to make these 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid or gel red food coloring
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cheesecake Swirl
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl, combine the butter, sugar & vanilla extract together. Add the cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and white vinegar in that order. Then mix in the eggs. Finally, fold in the flour. For the filling: combine all ingredients together with an electric mixer.

Pour almost all batter into a prepared 8×8 pan. Add dollops of the filling on top and cover the rest with the remaining batter. Use a knife to create swirls. Bake at 350*F for about 28 minutes.

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The brownies are more cake like with a cream filling and kind of tangy.

Red velvet crackle sandwich cookies

A med school friend & I made these for a holiday party today using exactly this recipe (modified by tinting the frosting green to be more festive).

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces semisweet baking chocolate (we used Ghirardelli!)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon red liquid food coloring
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened!

Melt the chocolate & butter together in the microwave for a minute. Stir well! Add sugar, eggs, and food coloring. In another bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine wet & dry ingredients. Drop batter in balls (about a tablespoon size) into powdered sugar. Roll and press with the heel of palm onto a baking sheet. Bake cookies at 375*F for 10 minutes. Then, cool for at least 30 minutes.

To make the filling: use a mixer to blend 1 cup of powdered sugar with the 4 ounces of softened cream cheese. When the cookies are cooled, use a rubber spatula to spread filling in between 2 shells (on the flat part).