Baking, it’s my favorite kind of technical chemistry. I failed a semester of science in my freshman year of high school, maybe she should have asked us to measure and mix together things like flour, baking soda, butter, sugar and chocolate chips. Anyway, one of the best parts to making homemade goodies are the reactions from people. They often get nostalgic, with eyes rolling back in their heads, they moan words along the lines of, “This is just like my grandmother used to make.” I love that, for a few seconds they are transported to a place and time when they were blissfully content. Then I get to hear a personal story that creates a warm and fuzzy moment.
Today, I want to bake something I haven’t made before. I was tooling around the Bakerella website looking for a cupcake recipe, then got lost in the world of beautiful and seriously yummy looking goodies. She’s amazing and so is her website, if you’ve never seen it, check it out. I’m still not sure what I’m going to bake today, something chocolate I think, but I’m also wanting to make something new, like buttery yellow cake… with chocolate frosting naturally.
There was a yellow cake recipe on the Bakerella site, but I’m not partial to wrapping cake in plastic wrap, and refrigerating it. That equals wait time and how anyone does that is beyond me. Plus, I’m kind of wanting something warm, possibly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Apple cobbler comes to mind, and how it makes the house smell impossibly perfect with cinnamon and apple. But there’s no chocolate in that. I believe I’m on the hunt for a warm, chocolatey treat because a week or so ago I was nuts for chocolate lava cake, only, turns out, I don’t really like lava cake. It’s hot cake batter, not bad, but not what I want. When I hear lava, I think of rivers of hot fudge, smooth, thick, chocolatey. Sigh.
I could make the tried and true, triple chocolate brownies, but that’s not new. Conundrum. I’m going back to perusing the web for a recipe that calls to me. In the meantime, what’s your favorite baked dessert and is there a story to go with it?