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Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches

Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches

I’ve been cutting back a little on my blog posts the last week. It’s overwhelming trying to create new recipes, cook them to perfection and attempt to photograph them like a pro without the proper lighting and food props. It’s a lot of work, and sometimes, I just want to eat. But then I make something like this. Thrown together quickly on a weekday morning, bleary-eyed from waking up 4 times with the baby, it’s too good not to share. It helps to have good ingredients in the house, and the stars in this French toast recipe are sweet and simple. Challah bread, burrata cheese and ripe peaches.

If you haven’t tried burrata, please do so right as soon as possible. Burrata looks like a ball of fresh mozzarella on the outside, but cut it open and you will see the difference. Inside is a oozing mixture of soft mozzarella and cream. It’s deliciously light, sweet and buttery all at the same time.

I’ve been seeing it on Italian restaurant (the trendy ones, not the cheese-smothered-pasta ones) menus in Miami for a little while now. Boy was I excited when I spotted it next to the tubs of fresh mozzarella at my local Publix supermarket. This stuff is an experience. Usually it’s prepared in a savory salad, similar to a caprese.  I was about to mix up a sweet mascarpone cream to layer on my French toast when a light bulb went on. Why not try the burrata?

The result? Amazing. You just have to try it and see for yourself.

This recipe is great for serving a large group because it all goes into the oven in the end. By the time the table is set, you pull out a pan filled with hot, puffed pieces of French toast. It’s quite impressive, sophisticated. Not too sweet, and incredibly delicious.

Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches

Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches

Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches

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Yield: 4 servings

Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches

Ingredients

  • About 3/4 Challah loaf (for 4 servings), cut into 1' slices, then cut into half. 2 slices per person.
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 balls buratta cheese
  • sprinkle of confectioner's sugar
  • maple syrup (for serving)
  • 2 ripe sliced peaches

Method

Whisk together cream, whole milk, eggs, vanilla extract, salt and nutmeg and pour into a wide, shallow bowl. Place bread in the custard mixture in batches, leaving them to soak on each side 30 seconds. Remove bread from the custard and set aside.

Heat butter in pan on medium heat until it bubbles. Add the bread to the pan in batches, and cook until lightly browned on each side, 2-3 minutes. When all the pieces are finished, place them on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven and cook until puffed, about 8 minutes.

Cut each ball of buratta in half. Place ½ of a buratta on top of a piece of French toast. Cover with a second piece of French toast. Serve sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup and sliced peaches.

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French toast with roasted strawberries and tarragon cream

French toast, roasted strawberries and tarragon cream

Strawberries are not my favorite fruit, but they are the only reliable organic fruit that I can find on a weekly basis at my grocery store. I started roasting strawberries to incorporate into my little one’s baby food purees. They were so good; I became a little obsessed with them.  Roasting makes them softer and increases the flavor. The liquid releases from the fruit, creating an all-natural, bright red syrup and the fruit develops an intense “strawberry” flavor. Many more roasted strawberry recipes are in the works, like this delicious brioche French toast with tarragon cream.

I make French toast nearly every time I buy a loaf of French bread or brioche (which isn’t often enough). Here in Miami, I have to drive a bit to get good bread, so it’s a special occasion. We hardly ever get through the bread in the first day, so the rest gets turned into a delicious breakfast. I wouldn’t bother making French toast without really good, thick bread. That’s what makes it so special!

I’ve made a few versions of this dish over the years, mostly using whatever I have on hand at the time.  Try macerating the berries and using fresh whipped cream to make strawberry shortcake French toast.  Sandwiching two pieces of French toast with sweetened mascarpone or ricotta cheese gives you a cheese Danish flavor. I used tarragon in this recipe, but some substitutes could be chopped mint, basil or even freshly ground black pepper. There are many ways you could make the cream, too. For my version, I used ½ Greek yogurt and ½ mascarpone cheese, thinned with milk. You can use all yogurt for a healthier version, or all whipped cream for a more decadent breakfast. Use whatever goodies you have available at the time and your creativity to create your ultimate French toast.

French toast with roasted strawberries and tarragon cream

Yield: Serves 3

French toast with roasted strawberries and tarragon cream

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, cut in half or quarters
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 ½-¾ inch slices of day-old bread. If using French bread, slice at an angle
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • cinnamon
  • For the cream:
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped
  • sugar, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Method

To make the strawberries:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arrange the strawberries in a single layer in a roasting pan. Roast about 10 minutes, until the juice releases from the strawberries and thickens.

To make the French toast:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk together whole milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt and nutmeg and pour into a wide, shallow bowl. Place bread in the custard mixture in batches, leaving them to soak on each side 30 seconds. Remove bread from the custard and set aside.

Heat butter in pan on medium heat until it bubbles. Add the bread to the pan in batches, and cook until lightly browned on each side, 2-3 minutes. When all the pieces are finished, place them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in the oven and cook until puffed, about 5-8 minutes. Serve with maple syrup, topped with confectioners sugar, strawberries and cream (recipe below)

To make the cream:

Mix yogurt, mascarpone cheese, tarragon and sugar. Add milk and mix until you see the desired consistency.

http://loveandduckfat.com/french-toast-with-roasted-strawberries-and-tarragon-cream/

14 Breakfast Recipes For Mother’s day

14 Incredible Mother’s Day Recipes | Breakfast in Bed

Now that I’m a mommy, Mother’s Day takes on a whole new meaning. Mother’s Day is now one of my favorite holidays and even though my little guy is too young to understand what it’s all about; I still feel special.

Just being a mommy is special.

One thing I didn’t expect when I became a mommy was how I’d never sleep in again. Like most moms, my sleeping-in days are over, which is why on Mother’s Day, one of the very best things you can do for a mom is allow her to sleep in–brownie points for making her an amazing breakfast while she’s sleeping.

What’s better than breakfast in bed?

Breakfast in bed is a really sweet way to show your favorite mom just how much you care. Even if mom doesn’t get to sleep in; she will appreciate a breakfast cooked just for her to start a very special Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a great day to get together with family. Invite the in-laws and get the kids involved in creating a special day for the most important people in our lives. Moms are special because they value the simplest gestures that show how much you care. So this Mother’s Day, whether you are serving breakfast in bed or just helping to cook some delicious Mother’s Day recipes, take a moment to show mom how much you love her.  Surprise mom with a special treat this Mother’s Day with breakfast cooked just for her.

In the spirit of all the hard-working moms this Mother’s Day, I gathered together some of my best breakfast and brunch recipes, plus some favorites from my fellow bloggers to help you celebrate your favorite mommy.

— and don’t forget to do the dishes!

Mother's Day Breakfast Recipes | Breakfast in Bed http://loveandduckfat.com/14-mothers-day-recipes-breakfast-in-bed/

ABOVE IMAGES (clockwise from top)

Eggs Benedict  with Arepa, Roast Pork & Cilantro Hollandaise from Love and Duck Fat

Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Porridge from Love and Duck Fat

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins from But She Can Bake

Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Cookies from Love and Duck Fat

Asparagus and Bacon Quiche from Love and Duck Fat

French Toast, Roasted Strawberries and Tarragon Cream from Love and Duck Fat

French Toast with Burrata and Sliced Peaches from Love and Duck Fat

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Sausage Gravy from The Egg Farm

Mother's Day Breakfast Recipes http://loveandduckfat.com/14-mothers-day-recipes-breakfast-in-bed/

ABOVE IMAGES (clockwise from top)

Gruyere, Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Quiche from Love and Duck Fat

Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits from Cooking and Beer

Soft-Boiled Eggs with Asparagus Soldiers from The Clever Carrot

Breakfast Flatbread Pizza from Modern Skillet

Strawberry and Cream Crepes from GI 365

Sunday Buttermilk Waffles from American Heritage Cooking

P.S…a little note to my family: I wouldn’t mind waking up on Mother’s Day with any one of these delicious recipes! They all look so good.

Which one would you like to wake up to? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

 

 

 

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Recipe Index

Appetizers

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Black Olive Tapenade with Anchovy
Ceviche recipe | Cherry Tomato and White Fish
Duck Fat Confit of Garlic and Mushrooms
Daikon and Carrot Kimchi


Fried Green Papaya


Prosciutto, Burrata cheese and Fig Crostini

Roasted okra with soy and garlic glaze

Apple, Blueberry Spinach & Banana Puree
Breast Milk Pancake Recipe | Whole wheat and Banana
Chicken and peas
Chicken, carrot, green bean and potato puree
Chicken stew
Quinoa ratatouille
Sweet potato bites

Turkey dinner
Strawberry Smoothie
Vegetable lasagna puree

Breakfast

Asparagus and bacon quiche recipe
Banana & chocolate breakfast cookies
Banana Bread Upside-Down Cake
Challah French toast, burrata, sliced peaches
Coconut quinoa porridge
Gluten free pumpkin cake muffins
French toast with roasted strawberries and tarragon cream

Cake and Cookie

Apple cake with whipped cream frosting
Banana & chocolate breakfast cookies
Chocolate cake with mousse filling and chocolate port wine frosting
Chocolate cake with orange French buttercream and ganache
Chocolate chip cake
Chocolate coconut cake with coconut meringue buttercream frosting
Chocolate espresso cake with cooked flour buttercream
Chocolate Espresso Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate pumpkin cake with spiced brown butter frosting
Chocolate pumpkin cake with spiced brown butter frosting
Homemade s’more cookie recipe
Starfruit upside-down cake

Dessert

Bailey’s Irish Cream Panna Cotta with Espresso Caramel Sauce
Banana Bread Upside-Down Cake
Blueberry Cupcakes, Lemon Filling & Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Candied orange slices
Chocolate cake with mousse filling and chocolate port wine frosting
Chocolate cake with orange French buttercream and ganache
Chocolate espresso cake with cooked flour buttercream
Coconut Hot Chocolate
Gluten free pumpkin cake muffins
Gooey gingerbread cakes
Green Tea & Honey Sponge Cake
Guinness Ice Cream Float
Homemade and healthy watermelon jello
Lavender, brown sugar panna cotta with lemon sauce
Nutmeg & yogurt panna cotta, cranberry coulis
Pistachio Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
Spiced brown butter cooked flour frosting
Strawberry mousse in chocolate cups
Triple Chocolate Guinness Cake with Easy Bailey’s Irish Crème Anglaise

Main

Caribbean goat stew
Chinese Five Spice Cornish Hens
Easy eggplant pasta
Farmer’s market tofu coconut curry
Guinness Pork Loin
Lamb Shanks Recipe
London Broil with wild mushroom sauce
Mussels, scallops and bok choy in Thai green coconut curry
Pasta with sausage, butternut squash and spinach
Pork Carnitas Tacos
Pork rib chops, goat cheese polenta, roasted fennel and sauteed apple
Roasted pork loin with shallot and tarragon cream sauce
Salmon with dill sauce, Beluga lentils, sautéed leeks
Sausage and Oyster Gumbo
Smoked salt Padron pepper and goat cheese tacos
Spanish octopus stew
Spinach Picadillo
Tuna tomato melt recipe | The best ever
Turkey meatballs, tagliatelle pasta, sundried tomatoes and roasted vegetables
Wild salmon and dill sauce with black Forbidden Rice

Pasta

Easy eggplant pasta
Orzo Salad Recipe
Pasta with sausage, butternut squash and spinach
Turkey meatballs, tagliatelle pasta, sundried tomatoes and roasted vegetables
Walnut, parsley and basil pesto

Pork

Guinness Pork Loin
Pork rib chops, goat cheese polenta, roasted fennel and sauteed apple
Pork Carnitas Tacos
Roasted pork loin with shallot and tarragon cream sauce
White bean and sausage soup

Salad






Mango Salad with Mozzarella & Mint
Orzo Salad Recipe

Seafood


Ceviche recipe | Cherry tomato and white fish

Mussels, scallops and bok choy in Thai green coconut curry
Oyster chowder with corn and bacon
Oyster stuffing with shiitake mushrooms and leeks
Spanish octopus stew
Salmon with dill sauce, Beluga lentils, sautéed leeks
Sausage and Oyster Gumbo
Tuna tomato melt recipe | The best ever
Wild salmon and dill sauce with black Forbidden Rice

Side

Artichoke and mushroom casserole
Balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts
Broccoli rabe (rapini) with garlic and olive oil
Duck fat confit of garlic and mushrooms
Daikon and carrot kimchi

Duck fat recipe | Roasted potatoes and shallots


Fried green papaya recipe
Green beans with crispy bacon
Mustard greens with garlic and sesame
Oyster stuffing with shiitake mushrooms and leeks
Perfect roasted potatoes
Roasted fennel
Roasted kohlrabi with garlic and Parmesan
Roasted okra with soy and garlic glaze
Spicy Pickled Onion Recipe
Spicy Szechuan Roasted Okra

Soup

Cauliflower and wild rice chowder


Oyster chowder with corn and bacon
Roasted Brussels sprout soup, chestnut toast
Roasted cauliflower and almond soup
Sausage and Oyster Gumbo
Split pea soup with smoked turkey
Tuna tomato melt recipe | The best ever
White bean and sausage soup

Vegetable

Artichoke and mushroom casserole
Balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts
Broccoli rabe (rapini) with garlic and olive oil
Daikon and carrot kimchi


Fried green papaya recipe
Green beans with crispy bacon


Mustard greens with garlic and sesame

Roasted fennel
Roasted kohlrabi with garlic and Parmesan
Roasted okra with soy and garlic glaze
Spicy Szechuan Roasted Okra
Smoked salt Padron pepper and goat cheese tacos
Walnut, parsley and basil pesto

How to use stale bread + 24 stale bread recipes!

How to use stale bread + 24 stale bread recipes!

Like most people, I’m a sucker for a freshly-baked loaf of bread. I’m talking about good, handmade, crusty bread.  Unfortunately, that freshly-baked loaf of bread will stay fresh for a day, maybe two. Unless I have a houseful of guests, my family of three doesn’t get through a loaf and I’m left with a hard brick of stale bread–really good stale bread.

It’s a shame to waste it. It’s a shame to waste any kind of bread–even the sliced bread that stays “fresh” for an disturbingly long period of time on the pantry shelf. Lucky for me (and you), there are LOTS of ways to use stale bread. I’ve gathered together some of the best ways to use your stale bread with delicious and creative recipes from some great blogs. Enjoy!

 

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Breadcrumbs

how to make breadcrumbs

Homemade breadcrumbs

Pop chunks of bread into the food processor for homemade bread crumbs without the preservatives of store-bought. For delicious Italian-style breadcrumbs, mix in some garlic powder, salt and Italian seasoning. Use your breadcrumbs to bread chicken, meat loaf or crab cakes.

Recipes using breadcrumbs:

Individual Mushroom Lasagnas with Crispy Breadcrumbs from Martha Stewart

Roasted Cauliflower with Herbed Breadcrumbs from Martha Stewart

Grilled Eggplant & Breadcrumbs from Go Bold with Butter

 

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Bread Soup

Bread Soup Recipe

image © Typical Domestic Babe

Do like the Italians do and use your stale bread in soups. It breaks down quickly and works as a substitute to flour, thickening soups like bisque and creamy vegetable soup, while adding tons of flavor. You can also make the French classic, onion soup. Place a slice  of stale French bread on the top of a hearty onion broth to hold up a crusty topping of Gruyere cheese.

Soup recipes using bread:

Traditional Ribollita Recipe from Typical Domestic Babe (pictured)

French Onion soup from Smitten Kitchen

Stout French Onion Soup by The Beeroness

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Bread pudding

TRADITIONAL BREAD PUDDING

image © Jessiker Bakes

Bread budding is a good enough reason to let a loaf of bread go stale! Bread pudding can be made with croissants, rolls, and even cornbread. Made sweet or savory, it’s a comforting dish that is easy to make and delicious. Tip: some bread pudding recipes have a step where you “toast” the bread to dry it out. If your bread is stale, you get to skip this step.

Traditional Bread Pudding from Jessiker Bakes (pictured)

Chocolate-Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce from Tutti Dolci

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Pudding from Curry and Comfort

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Bruschetta/Crostini

Easy appetizer recipe | Prosciutto, Burrata cheese and fig crostini

Crostini made with stale bread

Slice up that loaf of French bread into little discs, top with yummy things. Call it bruschetta. Call it crostini. Whatever it is, it’s easy. It’s also one of the best appetizers you can make without spending a lot of time and money.

Prosciutto, Burrata Cheese and Fig Crostini from Love and Duck Fat (pictured)

Cuban Sandwich Crostini from Love and Duck Fat

Black Olive Tapenade with Anchovy from Love and Duck Fat

Zucchini  and Ricotta Bruschetta from Heinstirred

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Stuffing & Dressing

Oyster stuffing with shitake mushrooms and leeks

Oyster stuffing with shitake mushrooms and leeks

Instead of buying pre-packaged stuffing, make your own out of any loaf of bread–just cut it into cubes. It can be bone dry and you will still get a delicious stuffing. If you plan to make stuffing later, make sure your bread cubes are very dry by toasting them on low heat in the oven (250 degrees F for 20 minutes or so). Store in an airtight container.

Try out these stuffing recipes:

Oyster Stuffing with Shiitake Mushrooms and Leeks from Love and Duck Fat

Buffalo Cheddar Beer Bread Stuffing from Half Naked Harvest

Skillet Cornbread Stuffing with Jalepenos and Chives from Food ~ Fashion ~ Party

 

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French Toast

French toast with roasted strawberries and tarragon cream

French toast

I’m a little famous for French toast (among my family and friends). You can bet that the day after I buy a loaf of French bread, there will be French toast the next morning. Once you have the recipe down, there are infinite combinations. So easy. So yum.

Challah French Toast with Burrata and Sliced Peaches from Love and Duck Fat

French Toast with Roasted Strawberries and Tarragon Cream from Love and Duck Fat

Baked Chai Spiced French Toast from Savory Simple

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast from The Hot Plate

 

 

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Croutons

Kale caesar salad with avocado dressing

Kale caesar salad with avocado dressing

Croutons are just about the silliest thing you can buy in the grocery store. They are ridiculously easy to make from ingredients you already have on hand. Get the most out of your grocery dollar by making crunchy homemade croutons from stale bread–even the crusts! All you need to do is cube up some bread, toss it in a little olive oil (or butter) and toast  for the best croutons. You can get fancy by flavoring with garlic powder, Parmesan cheese or even Cajun seasoning.

Parmesan and Garlic Croutons from everyday musing

Basic Bread Crust Croutons from The Vegetarian Ginger

Easy Homemade Croutons from Tramplingrose

Homemade Parmesan & Herb Mini Croutons from Milk & Cereal

 

 

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If you don’t use your stake bread in any of the ways above, don’t throw it away! There are many more uses for it.

  • You can revive stale bread by dipping it in water, wrapping with foil and baking it at 350 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes.
  • Mix bread crumbs with soil to add extra nutrients to potting soil.
  • Make bird seed treats with breadcrumbs, birdseed, peanut butter and lard.
  • Use breadcrumbs in homemade dog treats.
  • Add a slice of  dry bread to your refrigerator vegetable drawer to absorb moisture.
  • Float a slice of stale bread on top of soups or stews to soak up unwanted grease. Remove and throw away.
  • If all else fails, throw your stale bread in the compost pile!

 

How to use stale bread + 24 stale bread recipes!

How to use stale bread + 24 stale bread recipes!

Chocolate chip cake

Chocolate chip cake recipe | 100th blog post!

I made my first Love and Duck Fat post on July 27th of 2013, almost five months ago. Looking back, I was a new stay-at-home mom without a purpose besides caring for my little one. Lost in my new routine of baby feeding, housework and preparing meals; I needed something to funnel my creativity into – something that wasn’t all about baby. At my husband’s urging, Love and Duck Fat was born.

I’m still a stay-at-home mom, with a 14 month old little guy who makes messes faster than I can clean them up. Even so, a lot has changed in 5 months (that’s all?). I’ve learned a lot from writing this blog (like how to make a really good cake) and I look forward to my next big milestone: my 1 year anniversary post.

Chocolate chip cake recipe

Chocolate chip cake

To celebrate my 100th post, I baked myself a chocolate chip cake. Yay me! It’s a simple cake recipe that reminds me of being a kid. I remember making chocolate chip cakes using yellow cake mix and store-bought chocolate fudge frosting. This cake is way better. The yellow cake batter has that perfect birthday cake smell and taste. The chocolate chips are rich and flavorful, and the frosting is to die for.

A quick note on the frosting: I originally made an American-style chocolate butter cream for this cake but tossed it because it was too sweet. Instead, I made a dark chocolate frosting that is so delicious (and easy to make) you will be licking the spatula like I did.

To celebrate my 100th post, I’m sharing ten of my personal favorite recipes to date, in no particular order.

Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe

Chocolate chip cake recipe

Yellow cake recipe adapted from Best Birthday Cake by Smitten Kitchen.

Chocolate frosting adapted from recipe by Marcia Kiesel.

Chocolate chip layer cake recipe

Yield: Two 9-inch round layers or 24 cupcakes.

Chocolate chip layer cake recipe

Ingredients

    Chocolate Chip Yellow Cake:
  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (480 grams) cake flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) table salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup, 1/2 pound or 225 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400 grams) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk (475 ml), well-shaken (you can substitute whole milk + 2 tablespoons lemon juice or white vinegar)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Method

Chocolate Chip Yellow Cake:

Preheat oven to 350° F/ 175° C

Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans. For extra insurance, butter and line with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until light in color and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and blend. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk. The mixture will look curdled at this point. Add the flour mixture in batches, mixing on low speed until completely incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again, do not over mix.

You should have a nice, thick batter at this point. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Divide the cake batter evenly between the cake pans and tap on the counter to remove air bubbles. Bake 35-40 minutes until golden brown and a wooden pick (I like to use bamboo skewers) inserted into the center comes out clean of cake batter (melted chocolate is okay).

Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely before frosting. You can make the layers a few days ahead, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Frosting

In a heavy saucepan, bring the cream, espresso powder and sugar to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and stir, about 6 minutes, until the sugar melts completely and the mixture thickens slightly.

Add the chocolate, butter, vanilla extract and salt to a mixing bowl. Pour the hot cream mixture on top. Allow to come to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Set the mixing bowl with the chocolate inside a larger bowl with a layer of ice cubes on the bottom. Beat the chocolate, using a handheld mixer, until thick and glossy. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula until combined.

Frost the cake layers right away. The frosting should have a lovely, spreadable consistency.

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Chocolate chip cake recipe

Chocolate chip cake recipe

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