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Chocolate Loaf Cake

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night?  I must admit, I don’t really watch shows with commercial breaks, so I just watched bits and bobs of the Red Carpet, where my daughter and I were exchanging texts about everything, good, bad and ugly. 🙂  I’m sure glad I watched the beginning though.  What about Justin Timberlake’s opening and his grand entrance?  Gee, that guy can strut his stuff can’t he?   An amazing dancer and singer, he had everyone in the aisle shaking, slinking and clapping to the music.  Such a stunning performance!  What a gaffe later on though, with the Best Picture Award? I mean seriously how could a mistake like that occur?  But we aren’t going to dwell on that, but onto other events like baking this wonderful Chocolate Loaf Cake.

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Flourless chocolate torte

So it must seem a bit hypocritical that I post pictures of this luscious dessert after preaching about heart healthy foods last week don’t you think?  Yes, for the most part we still concentrate on keeping our tickers in check, but every so often these indulgences take over and there’s no stopping me.  In my defense though I’ll have to say that some of these calorie laden desserts mostly surface in my kitchen when I am entertaining or in this case, we were invited to dinner, and I offered to bring dessert.

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Berry Pudding Cake

Berry Pudding Cake  is a quick and simple cake that makes delicious use of fresh summer berries.  When berries were plentiful in the summertime, I baked this tender cake over sweet berries, creating a juicy, cobbler-like dessert.  Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries were mixed in a light pudding batter and baked. 

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Pear upside-down cake with a caramel topping

Love fall baked desserts pervading the warm kitchen air.  I’ve made this recipe a few times with apples, pineapples and figs as the main attraction, but this time I thought to try it with pears.  The results? Flavorful, tender and scrumptious.  Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and enjoy the cooler nights and warmer days of Autumn.  It is a very basic and simple recipe that comes together in no time.

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A simple but scrumptious Toffee recipe

Allowing oneself life’s simple pleasures every so often is high on my agenda.  Sometimes I go through phases when I allow myself such indulgences.  My no-guilt period goes flying out the window, I crave carbs and sweet delights.  I try my darnedest to adhere to rules I set for myself, but they don’t always work and I fall off the wagon.  Do you ever find yourself in such a dilemma?  I know I do.  This was a case in point.  I had taken these moreish toffee squares for a dessert on 2 different occasions and naturally I made a batch to keep 🙂  They were quite a hit.  The recipe is very simple and pretty versatile.  You can add whatever strikes your fancy.

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Chocolate Beet Cake with chocolate ganache

I’m presenting another recipe today using some of the fresh produce in the garden.  A moist Chocolate cake with beets. This is a wonderful cake with the intense, rich, deep-dark flavor of chocolate!I must confess when I first heard of it, I couldn’t imagine beets in a cake, but you’ve got to believe me on this one.  The beets make this cake moist without really overpowering the  taste.  Think beet cake is strange?  Think again.  Much like carrot cakes and zucchini breads, this beet cake fulfills all that and more.

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