February is the month for chocolate. Lauren Palmer at The Art of Living Beautifully asked me to assemble a list of the very best chocolate bites McKinney has to offer.
As you know, some projects are more difficult that others and this truly was a labor of love.
If you know me at all you are aware that chocolate is my all-time favorite food. It is the only food I eat everyday without fail. I prefer dark chocolate that is loaded with antioxidants so no need to resist temptation.
Nothing beats a homemade treat right out of the oven especially when it is my dark Chocolate Loaves smothered in Chocolate Ganache. Naturally this straightforward recipe made the list.
February is here so turn on that oven and bake up a couple of Chocolate Loaves for the ones you love. You will be so glad you did!
Oh, and for the full list of my favorite chocolate bites, subscribe NOW to TAOLB, it will be published there tomorrow!
Chocolate Cake Loaves with Ganache Glaze
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup extra dark coco
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup water
½ cup buttermilk
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 (8-9 inch) loaf pans by first spraying with non-stick cooking spray and then dusting with flour. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a small sauce pan set to medium, heat water, coco and butter until the butter melts. Add warmed liquid to flour mixture and stir till combined. Add first buttermilk then eggs and stir well. Pour batter into loaf pans and cook for 28-32 minutes. Pour ganache over cooled cakes.
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla or Tuaca
Heat cream in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove pan from heat, add chocolate and vanilla and stir well. Pour ganache over cooled cakes.