Thursday, September 17, 2009
Chocolate Snack Cakes
Lisa recently let me borrow "The Sweet Life in Paris" by David Lebovitz and it's been a great read. Just like Lisa said, it makes you want to be an ex-pat in another country and makes you dream about baking, cooking, and ice cream constantly. Today, I made the Chocolate Yogurt Snack Cakes. I needed to bake something for several different occasions (brother-in-law's birthday, friends coming over, weekend guest) and kept forgetting to buy butter at the grocery story (Julia Child is rolling over in her grave). The Chocolate Snack Cakes - doesn't that sound cute? - were the perfect solution.
I had all the ingredients on hand and although I didn't use great quality chocolate (TJ's semi-sweet chocolate chips) and I should have taken them out of the oven 2 or 3 minutes sooner, they have a distinctly chocolate-almond flavor and are light for a chocolate dessert. Not quite a cupcake, not quite a muffin - truly a snack cake and just what I needed today.
Here's the recipe on Smitten Kitchen. I forgot the salt and lived dangerously by melting the chocolate over low heat (not in a double boiler) but otherwise, followed it exactly. Mine were done in 23 minutes but I should have checked them around 20 minutes.