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Tiramisu Brownies

tiramisu brownies recipe

I have nothing else but sweet words to say about this recipe.

Tiramisu Brownies. Every chocolate and coffee lover’s dream.

If you’ve been wondering about what to make for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, then this is it.

These brownie squares and beautifully fudgy, packed with coffee flavor, decadent and all-in-all amazing and unforgettable. I am definitely making them again soon.

Happy baking!

Love,
Petra

(This recipe was inspired by roxanashomebaking.com.)

 

Tiramisu Brownies
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Serves: 15 squares
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz (340 grams) chocolate
  • 1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¼ cup instant coffee granules (I used decaf)
  • 1 cup (130 grams) cake flour
  • 16 oz (450 grams) Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and stir until melted and smooth. Let cool completely.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat in the butter. Then add 1 cup sugar, 4 eggs (one at a time) and the egg whites. Beat until just incorporated.
  4. Add the instant coffee granules, then 1 cup flour. Mix on low speed until just combined.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of the brownie batter in a separate bowl. Pour the remaining batter in the prepared baking pan.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the Mascarpone cheese with ½ cup sugar, 2 eggs and vanilla extract.
  7. Spread the cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter.
  8. Working in spoonfuls, place the remaining brownie batter on top of the Mascarpone cheese layer and swirl it lightly with a fork.
  9. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 45-50 minutes.
  10. Cool completely in the pan before slicing it.
  11. Enjoy!

 

Double Chocolate Banana Bread… And Some News Too

double chocolate banana bread recipe

These days, for some strange reason, I have been craving chocolate like never before. Maybe I am just trying to find energy in all the possible places. Maybe January does this to me. Maybe it’s just hormones that are playing games with me these days (8 months preggers, have I mentioned? Oh, yes… Sorry for being so quiet about it for so long.). :) Well, who knows… Maybe it’s all combined.

So, given the fact stated above, I knew my fate was sealed the moment I saw a recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread?

Can a recipe possibly sound any more tempting and delicious?

Without any hesitation I gave this thing a try and what I realized was that I have never ever tasted a banana bread so good and my place has never been filled with a better scent than the one that was coming out of the oven while this chocolatey miracle was baking. Absolutely heartwarmingly amazing!

This recipe is really gorgeous and if you are into chocolate, you must, must, must give it a try…

Enjoy!

With lots of love,
Petra

(This recipe was adapted from www.smittenkitchen.com.)

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas (very ripe)
  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (145 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (45 grams) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup (170 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Butter a 9×5-inch (1.9 l) loaf pan or spray it with a nonstick baking spray.
  3. In a larger bowl, mash the bananas.
  4. Whisk in the melted butter, then whisk in the sugar, egg and the vanilla extract.
  5. Place the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour and cocoa powder in a sifter or fine-mesh strainer and sift over the wet ingredients.
  6. Stir the dry and wet ingredients until just combined.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chunks or chips.
  8. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free.
  10. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Baked Chocolate Donuts With Chocolate Glaze

baked chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze recipe

I was craving chocolate donuts for a pretty long time. Yesterday I decided to end my painful suffering and and I made these lovely babies.

Mmmmmmm…

 

baked chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze recipe

Let me explain to you really quickly what they are like – these are fingerlicking good… moist… chocolatey… rich… aaaaa-mazing!

Highly recommended! :)

 

baked chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze recipe

One is definitely not enough. So worth all the effort.

Enjoy!

Love,
Petra

(This lovely recipe was inspired by www.food-4tots.com and www.onceuponarecipeblog.com.)

Baked Chocolate Donuts With Chocolate Glaze
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Serves: 24 2¾-inch (7 cm) donuts
 
Ingredients
  • for donut batter:
  • 2½ cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup (55 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp (150 grams) plain white yogurt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • for glaze:
  • 6 tbsp (85 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz (85 grams) dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 1¼ cups (145 grams) icing sugar, sifted
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Grease the donut pan with cooking spray or brush with oil.
  3. To make the DONUT BATTER, first, in a small bowl, combine the plain white yogurt, milk and the vegetable oil. Mix well.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a larger bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add the sugar and continue to beat until foamy. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  6. Add the milk/yogurt/oil mixture and the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture alternately. Mix until the batter is smooth. If you find the batter a bit too dense to pipe, add a little more milk.
  7. Pour the batter into a piping bag.
  8. Fill each donut cavity until about 80% full.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. To prepare the GLAZE, combine the butter, milk and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  12. Once the butter has melted, add in the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  13. Remove from heat and add the icing sugar, stirring until combined.
  14. Dip the cooled doughnuts into the glaze and cover with chocolate sprinkles.
  15. Enjoy!

 

Super Quick Peach Squares

super quick peach squares recipe

These squares! They might be the most delicious dessert I’ve prepared this summer, I think. In fact, I am in love with everything about them – the way how the airy and moist texture of the sponge plays with the refreshingly tart and sweet quality of the summer fruit, that way how the crunchy streusel layer on top makes you stop eating for a while just to say ‘mmm’ and I definitely love the fact that this whole dessert is absolutely easy to make.

I am sure you would love these too…

 

super quick peach squares recipe

1. To prepare your Super Quick Peach Squares, first preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. To make the batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour (2 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp – 400 grams), confectioners sugar (1 1/4 cups -150 grams) and baking powder (3 tsp).

3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and milk.

4. In a few batches, pour the flour mixture into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (you can first brush the pan with a bit of vegetable oil to make the paper adhere better). I used a 13x8x2-inch (11-cup) pan. I think that larger pan might work even better resulting in a little less tall squares.

6. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth out the surface.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

7. Stone and cut the fruit into about 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) cubes or slightly bigger. Place the fruit on top of the batter.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

8. Finally prepare the streusel. To do so, in a bowl combine the all-purpose flour (1/3 cup – 50 grams), butter (3 1/2 tbsp – 50 grams) and confectioners sugar (1/2 cup – 50 grams). Using your fingers or a pastry blender (cutter), create a crumbly mixture.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

10. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

Mmm, this smells just lovely!

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

11. Cut into squares.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

And most importantly, enjoy!

With love,
Petra

 

Super Quick Peach Squares
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Serves: 8 - 10
 
Ingredients
  • for batter: 2¾ cups + 2 tbsp (400 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups (150 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 tbsp (100 ml) vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (200 ml) milk
  • 3 peaches, stoned and cubed
  • for streusel: ⅓ cup (50 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3½ tbsp (50 grams) butter, softened
  • ½ cup (50 grams) confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. To prepare the batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour (2¾ cups + 2 tbsp - 400 grams), confectioners sugar (1¼ cups -150 grams) and baking powder (3 tsp).
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and milk.
  4. In a few batches, pour the flour mixture into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (you can first brush the pan with a bit of vegetable oil to make the paper adhere better).
  6. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth out the surface.
  7. Stone and cut the fruit into about ½-inch (1.3 cm) cubes or slightly bigger. Place the fruit on top of the batter.
  8. Finally prepare the streusel. To do so, in a bowl combine the all-purpose flour (1/3 cup - 50 grams), butter (3½ tbsp - 50 grams) and confectioners sugar (1/2 cup - 50 grams). Using your fingers or a pastry blender (cutter), create a crumbly mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit.
  10. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Cut into squares.
  12. Enjoy!

 

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