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Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

Caprese salad skewers are fresh and full of flavor and make a delicious start to any meal. The heart shaped tomato will add that special touch to any occasion.

Caprese Salad Skewers Salad With Heart Tomatoes

We devour caprese salad at our house. The bright colors match the taste of the bright flavors and who doesn’t love to eat with their eyes first? This year for Valentine’s Day we decided to dine out, but I decided to have a sweet little appetizer ready, just for the two of us, to enjoy before hitting the town. A caprese salad skewer is the perfect way to get those taste buds awake and ready for the next course. To make it extra special for my Valentine, I cut the tomatoes to make a heart shape. You’ll never believe how simple it is!

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

First, you’ll need grape tomatoes, not cherry tomatoes. The oblong shape of the grape tomato is necessary to pull off the heart effect.

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

After you’ve washed and dried the tomatoes, simply cut them in half at an angle, invert the two sides and you’ll see the heart shape appear!!

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

Add a fresh basil leaf, a small mozzarella ball and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and you’ve got yourself a caprese salad skewer that’s ready for any celebratory event! So whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, birthday or just because you love someone, tickle their fancy with a caprese salad skewer with a heart tomato!

Wishing you & yours a delicious Valentine’s Day!

Wenderly

Here’s the easy recipe ::

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes
Recipe Type: appetizer
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
Prep time:
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Serves: 12
Caprese salad skewers are fresh and full of flavor and make a delicious start to any meal. The heart shaped grape tomato will add that special touch to any occasion.
Ingredients
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 12 small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 12 basil leaves (washed and dried)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes and simply cut them in half at an angle and invert the two sides making a heart shape.
  2. Slide the heart shaped tomato onto the skewer first, followed by the basil leaf (that folded in half) and a small mozzarella ball.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Repeat above steps until you’ve made a dozen. (But you’ll find you may just need to make more!)
  5. Dig in and enjoy!

 

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Cherry Heart Hand Pies

Cherry heart hand pies are as delicious as they are darling. They’re an easy and impressive, sweet treat for those you love.

Cherry Heart Hand Pies

Why is it that hand pies always seem to steal my heart? I just adore their sweet little individual disposition. Their playful rustic look paired with the idea of an afternoon spent humming in the kitchen whilst making homemade hand pies makes me smile. But guess what? Don’t tell anyone, but these little beauties aren’t made from scratch.

Cherry Heart Hand Pies

They were put together with a readymade pie crust and a canned filling. Special heart felt sentiments don’t always have to take hours to prepare. The minutes I spent assembling the hand pies don’t really matter when I see the glowing faces of my sweethearts as they relish in their confection. And trust me, nobody ever asks me, as they gleefully savor every gooey sweet bite, how many hours I’ve spent slaving in the kitchen.

Cherry Heart Hand Pies

And as for me? Oh I’m happily humming in the kitchen. But rather than cleaning up a big mess, I get to relish in the moments I’ve still got with my beautiful teenage daughters as they sit at my island happily chatting away over their tasty treat.

I guess it’s not really the hand pies that steal my heart. But rather who eats them that does. My heart spilleth over.

Cherry Heart Hand Pies

 

Wishing you and yours the sweetest Valentine’s Day ever!

Wenderly

Here’s the easy recipe ::

Cherry Heart Hand Pies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
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Serves: 10
Cherry heart hand pies are as delicious as they are darling. They’re an easy and impressive, sweet and tart treat for your sweetheart!
Ingredients
  • Preheat oven to 400ª
  • Thaw prepared pie crust according to directions. Flour surface and roll out pie crust.
  • Using a 4 inch heart cookie cutter, cut out 5 heart shapes and place on a lined baking sheet. Open the second round of dough and cut out 5 more heart shapes. Using a small one inch heart shaped cookie cutter, cut a heart out of the center of 5 of the hearts and lift it out . (you can bake these extras for an extra nibble for the baker) I also chose to leave a few without the centers cut out.
  • Beat an egg with a splash of water and brush egg wash around edges of the 5 hearts on baking sheet.
  • Put about a tablespoon of the cherry filling into the center of each of the dough hearts.
  • Place the remaining dough hearts with the cut out centers carefully on each hand pie.
  • Seal the hand pies by gently pushing a fork around the edges or push gently with finger tips to seal if you rather have a smooth edge.
  • Brush the top of each hand pie with the egg wash, (cut a few slits into the top of the hearts without heart centers) and then sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in a 400º oven until golden brown on the top and warm and bubbly inside.
  • Enjoy!
Instructions
  1. For the filling ::
  2. can of cherry filling
  3. For the crust :
  4. package prepared pie crust (I used Trader Joe’s)
  5. egg and water for egg wash
  6. sanding sugar for tops of hand pies

 

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Devil’s Food Cake Whoopie Pie

Devil’s food cake whoopie pies are a delicious way to show friends and family how much you love them this Valentine’s Day or any day!

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

For as long as I can remember, the week leading up to Valentine’s Day at my house has been filled with shoe boxes, bright colored construction paper, glitter, glue, handmade cards and hours of imagination and creation.

Elementary school is now but a fleeting memory and I must admit that I’m handling it, {sniff} quite, {sob}  well. My girls have blossomed into beautiful young ladies who are now getting ready to move onto high school and (I can’t believe that I’m typing these words) spend weekends visiting colleges. How is that possible? 

So the other day while I was shopping at my beloved Target, hurriedly rushing through the isles, I just may have taken a wrong turn and ended up in the Valentine section. Within moments I was surrounded by hundreds of happily chattering mothers holding the hands of rosy cheeked children who where gleefully picking and choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day cards to fill their beautifully decorated boxes… that they had just finished making at home with bright colored construction paper, glitter and glue. I swear that I could hear the music from Little House on the Prairie in the background, making it all the more traumatic to realize that I had a cart full of toilet paper and cleaning supplies, rather than my sweet little chubby cheeked cherubs eating popcorn and slurping a slushy. It was at that moment, through my tear filled eyes, that I spotted the devil’s food cake mix and I knew what I had to do. I must admit that I felt a bit torn about my initial intentions. For a split second I considered whipping up the batch of devil’s food cake to eat my sorrows away.

But then I remembered my heart shaped whoopie pie pan  and I envisioned my not-so-little-anymore darlings digging into each chocolate whoopie pie with a little girl glee. My mouth turned up into a Grinch-like grin I knew with certainty that, “I have to make heart whoopie pies for my girls!”. I’m still not certain if I said it out loud or in my head, and I don’t really remember driving home come to think of it. But what I do know is, once I stepped into the quite solitude of my kitchen,

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

and began the simple process of making a boxed recipe with some of my favorite kitchen staples,

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

my heavy heart was enlightened.

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

I became calm and relaxed and enveloped in the sweet bliss of baking.

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

Baking something for the people that I love and cherish,

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

even though they have the audacity to blossom and mature into beautiful young ladies.

Beautiful young ladies who relished in the whoopie pies while entertaining me with their wit and humorous stories about their day. This time I had tears of laughter filling my eyes and I was grateful for who my daughters have become.

Devils Food Cake Whoopie Pie

My heart soared and I just wanted to shout “whoooooopppieeeeeeee!” But I didn’t, because that would be weird. Not to mention, my two sweet young ladies would be the first to point that out to me and I just wanted to relish in the moment.

Here’s another decadent chocolatey Valentine’s Day treat ::

Wishing you a delightful Valentine’s Day full of lots of lighthearted whooooooppppieeeee!

~Wenderly

Devil’s Food Cake Whoopie Pies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
Devils food cake whoopie pies are a delicious way to show friends and family how much you love them this Valentine’s Day or any day!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
  • 1 can white icing
  • 1 heart shaped non-stick whoopie pan
Instructions
  1. Follow instructions on the box to make the Devil’s Food Cake mix. Spray whoopie pan with non-stick spray. Spoon batter into each heart of the whoopie pan (about 2/3 full). Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the whoopie pies cool in pan for 5-10 minutes then turn out of pan. Spread icing on flat side of heart, place another heart flat side down onto icing and repeat until all whoopie pies have been made.
  2. And then say “Whooooooooopie”! And enjoy!

Updated 2/6/15. Originally posted 2/13/13. 

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Appetizers Eat Snacks

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

This simple popcorn recipe is healthy too! Tossed with freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano, you’ll enjoy a pop of flavor in every bite!

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

Popcorn has always been a family favorite at my house! Freshly popped popcorn that’s been cooked on the stove, sprinkled with coarse salt and heaped into a gigantic stainless steel bowl has kicked off many a Friday night. Awwwwwwwww, diving into that salty crunch is heaven. Talk about simple pleasures.

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

But have you ever tried popcorn that has been tossed in a smattering of olive oil then sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano and red pepper flakes? It’s like a party in your mouth. Savory, salty, spicy deliciousness that will satisfy any snack attack. If fact, this popcorn recipe will take snacking to a whole new level. And it’s healthy to boot!

This popcorn recipe is perfect for snacking but it also works as a quick and whimsical appetizer and it would be a perfect addition to any game day spread.

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

It’s even been known to double as supper or a quick breakfast at my house too.

You’d better believe that our weekend will begin with the sound of kernels popping against a glass lid, followed by that intoxicating smell of freshly popped popcorn. Hope yours does too.

Here’s the yummy recipe…

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
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Serves: 6 servings
This simple popcorn recipe is healthy too! Tossed with freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano, you’ll enjoy a pop of flavor in every bite!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (one tablespoon for cooking and the other for tossing)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of a dutch oven.
  2. Pour one cup of popcorn kernels (or as much that will cover the bottom of the pan)
  3. Place dutch oven on stove and cook at med-high heat while shaking the pan. Continue to shake the pan until all of the kernels are popped. Then remove from heat.
  4. Pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle olive oil and warm popcorn and toss until coated.
  6. Rub dried oregano between the palms of your hands to release oils and crush the leaves into smaller pieces. Sprinkle over popcorn.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  8. Grate at least one cup of parmesan cheese and salt to taste and toss popcorn until evenly distributed.
  9. Enjoy!

 

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Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This buttercream frosting is a heavenly, creamy, richly decadent frosting that will beautifully finish off any cake or cupcake and become your favorite go to recipe.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Buttercream frosting. What can say? Is there anything more divine than powdered sugar and butter blended together to form gorgeous peaks of deliciousness? I think not. I’ve made many different luscious frostings in my life but this buttercream frosting is now my all time favorite!!!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I’ve been baking out of one of my beloved antique cookbooks and just made some delightful gingerbread cupcakes I came across this lovely buttercream cream recipe and I fell in love. I’m telling you that each lick caused an uncontrollable “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!” each and every time.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This frosting is amazing. It has the perfect sweet, but not too sweet, rich flavor and texture for any cake or cupcake (in my opinion) and it was a match made in heaven with the gingerbread cupcakes that I topped off with a slice of candied ginger cut into a holly leaf shape. Hope this buttercream frosting becomes a family favorite in your house too!

In case you missed it here’s the gingerbread cupcake recipe ::

May all your desserts be delicious and sweet!

Wenderly

Here’s the recipe ::

Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
This buttercream frosting is a heavenly, creamy, richly decadent frosting that will beautifully finish off any cake or cupcake and become your favorite go to recipe.
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar- sifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk (more or less for consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Cream butter with a mixer
  2. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar, in small quantities, alternating with the milk and mix until incorporated and smooth. (you can adjust milk to get desired consistency)
  3. Add vanilla and salt
  4. You should have enough frosting to cover 2 dozen cupcakes
Notes
*I piped the icing onto the gingerbread cupcakes with a small plastic zip baggie that I snipped the end off of and then squeezed frosting out into concentric circles on tops of cupcakes. [br][i]Adapted by All About Home Baking[/i]

 

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Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

This gingerbread cupcake recipe is perfect for holiday baking. A delicious old recipe that is dense, moist, rich in flavor that will melt your heart.

Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

This year I decided to delve deeper into my collection of coveted antique cookbooks. If you don’t already know this about me, I adore antiquing and it seems that each time I go out on a venture, I come home with one or two beloved antique cookbooks.

Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

I simply adore traveling back into time, with each turn of an aged, stained page, to devour recipes of long ago. Times were simpler. Life was anchored in the kitchen, guests were greeted with old fashioned hospitality, entertained with favorite family recipes and then left with satisfied hearts and bellies. This year I decided to pick a few recipes to experiment with and share them with family and friends. The ginger tea cakes caught my eye and I knew in an instant that they would be just perfect for the holidays.

Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

My mom and dad gushed with delight as they sampled the gingerbread cupcakes that tasted spot on to their favorite childhood gingerbread cake from a local grocery store. Nothing could have pleased me more. I knew this gingerbread cupcake recipe was a success.

Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

Gingerbread cupcakes. A warm and spicy, slightly sweet dense cake that has stood the test of time. Doesn’t get any more divine than that for the holidays, does it?

Here’s the decadent buttercream frosting recipe that I swirled on top!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas full of old fashioned fun!

Wenderly

Here’s the recipe ::

Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
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Serves: 2 dozen
This gingerbread cupcake recipe is perfect for holiday baking. A delicious old recipe that is dense, moist, rich in flavor that will melt your heart.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Sift flour and add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all spices and then sift 3 more times
  2. With a mixer, cream the butter and gradually add brown sugar a tablespoon at a time, and mix until light and fluffy
  3. Add egg and beat well
  4. Add a small amount of flour and mix then small amount of molasses, and continue alternating until gone and batter is smooth
  5. Add boiling water and mix briefly until incorporated
  6. Pour batter into cupcake papers that have been placed into a muffin tin, filling papers no more than 1/2 full
  7. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375º oven
  8. Cool and frost with favorite buttercream frosting and top with candied ginger holly shaped leaf
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
[i]Adapted by All About Home Baking [/i]

 

 

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Easy Yeast Rolls

Once you see how tasty and beautiful these easy yeast rolls are they’ll become a family staple for holidays, special events or even a weeknight dinner.

Easy Yeast Rolls

For years my mom’s gorgeous yeast rolls have adorned every single family gathering that I can remember. They’re always a picture perfect, soft and pillowy cloud of yeasty heaven that are snatched up in no time flat. I’ll never forget the day that she shared with me the secret to her success of her always gorgeous yeast rolls.

Easy Yeast Rolls

You know what her secret is? She uses frozen pre-made yeast dough. Yep. And nobody could ever guess that her yeast rolls weren’t made from scratch. I’m telling you that even my greek mother-in-law who makes everything from scratch, couldn’t believe her ears when the truth came out. These yeast rolls are a delicious side to any meal but they also melt in your mouth with butter and jam, and are just perfect for making cute little sandwiches with leftover turkey or ham. I’m telling you. You need these in your life.

Easy Yeast Rolls

Christmas may only be a few days away and I’m certain that you’ve got a bazillion and one things to do. But making and kneading dough for perfect pillowy yeast rolls isn’t one of them.

In case you missed it, I made some simple but delicious herb butter for Thanksgiving that everyone loved! You can make the butter pats any shape you like! I’m thinking a holly leaf fwould be darling for Christmas.

Here’s the link :: Herb Butter Recipe .

Wishing you a delicious and stress-free Christmas!

Wenderly

Here’s the yeast roll how too ::

Easy Yeast Rolls
Recipe Type: side dish
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
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Serves: 24
Once you see how tasty and beautiful these easy yeast rolls are they’ll become a family staple for holidays, special events or even a weeknight dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 package (4 loaves) frozen yeast dough (I use the Kroger grocery store brand)
  • 1/2 stick butter melted
Instructions
  1. Let dough thaw according to package directions
  2. Spray muffin tins with a non-stick oil spray
  3. Pull pieces of dough away from the thawed dough and roll into 1 balls
  4. Place 3 dough balls into each muffin cup (each loaf make roughly 6 rolls)
  5. Once you’ve rolled all the dough balls, place the muffin tins in a warm place, spray plastic wrap with a non-stick cooking spray and put that side face down over the rolls. Put a kitchen towel over the top of plastic wrap and let dough rise for a couple of hours or so (depending on how warm the area is where you placed them) until rolls puff up about 1 inch above pan.
  6. Once rolls have risen, place into a 350º oven for 15-20 minutes until the rolls a just getting golden brown
  7. Remove from oven, brush rolls with melted butter and let cool in muffin tins then turn out into a bowl or basket and serve & enjoy!

 

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Drinks Eat Holidays

White Cranberry Martini

Entertain family and friends with a white cranberry martini for the holidays! This festive cocktail will add a beautiful sparkle to any gathering.

White Cranberry Martini

It’s been a white Christmas around here as of late and I just had to continue the merriment with a festive twist on the traditional red cranberry martini and make a white cranberry martini! I just love the elegance of this cocktail. The pale color of the white cranberry juice reminds me of champagne, but once you take a sip you’ll know the two can’t be mistaken!

White Cranberry Martini

This drink is the perfect holiday cocktail! It’s refreshing and light, cheery & festive. Served in an etched antique glass that’s reminiscent of icy patterns on a frozen winter window and garnished with frozen cranberries to add a pop of color, it makes a stunning drink! (Don’t fret if you don’t have an antique glass, this cocktail will impress in any vessel.)

White Cranberry Martini

Treat your guests this holiday season with a white cranberry martini. Or better yet, pour yourself one after a long day of  hustle and bustle or whilst finishing up your wrapping.

Cheers to you & yours!

Wenderly

White Cranberry Martini
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
Entertain family and friends with a white cranberry martini for the holidays! This festive cocktail will add a beautiful sparkle to any gathering.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce grand marnier
  • 1 1/2 ounce white cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until mixed.
  2. Strain into a martini glass.
  3. Embellish with frozen cranberries for a pop of color.
  4. Cheers!

 

 

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Favorite Snowball Cookies Recipe

This favorite snowball cookies recipe has been a family go to since I was a little girl. They’re a delicious addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Favorite Snowball Cookies Recipe

Have you ever tasted one of these darling snowball cookies? They are to die for! I have been making them since I was old enough to stand on a stool at the counter to help. They take minutes to put together and they’re a cinch to roll into simple round orbs (I now use a melon baller to make a unified size).  They’ve always added the perfect sophisticated touch to any cookie assortment and they always had to make an appearance on Santa’s special cookie plate on Christmas Eve.

Favorite Snowball Cookies Recipe

Snowball cookies have such a simple elegance that matches their unique taste. A dry, crumby, not-to-sweet cookie that seems to melt in your mouth when the cool powdered sugar touches your tongue to create the perfect marriage of taste and texture.

Favorite Snowball Cookies Recipe

And what could be more festive for a white christmas celebration than these sweet little snowball cookies? Do yourself a favor and whip up a batch today! I’m certain that they’ll instantly become a family favorite at your house too! Here’s the recipe…

Favorite Snowball Cookies Recipe
Recipe Type: cookies
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
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Serves: 3 dozen
This favorite snowball cookies recipe has been a family go to since I was a little girl. They’re a beautiful and delicious addition to any holiday cookie platter.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • powdered sugar (for rolling the snowballs after baking)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add milk and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Add the sifted flour and chopped walnuts and mix until dough comes together.
  5. Place the dough on plastic wrap, form into a ball with your hands and wrap the plastic wrap around the ball of dough.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  7. Mold dough into 1 inch balls.
  8. Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 12 minutes or until very slightly golden. Let cool and roll in powdered sugar until cookies are covered generously on all sides.
  9. Enjoy!

Wishing you a wondrous white Christmas full of blessings & love,

Wenderly

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Chocolate Candy Cane Bread

Looking for a fun and festive holiday treat? Chocolate candy cane bread is an easy dessert that’s as delicious and decadent as it is pretty!

Chocolate Candy Cane Bread

 

After pouring over my pile of magazines looking for some last minute holiday inspiration, I came across Chocolate Candy Cane Loaves.

I had never heard of such a thing but decided to give them a whirl.

close-up-chocolate-candy-cane-bread-loaves

I immediately feel head-over-heals in love.

They are simple yet flavorful. Easy yet impressive. And just scream of holiday cheer!

I made a few subtle changes to the recipe. I used peppermint candies instead of candy canes,

chocolate-candy-cane-bread-peppermints

and regular sized chocolate chips rather than the mini, and I must say, the outcome was divine.

Not to mention, I got to use the vintage egg separator that I recently found whilst antiquing.

vintage-egg-separater-chocolate-candy-cane-bread

It’s the little things in life, right?

This is a not too sweet… chocolatey, pepperminty, festive bread that makes for a perfect gift, dessert,

slices-chocolate-candy-cane-bread

or  just a sweet little treat with a cuppa tea or coffee.

Cheers to a lovely holiday season! Hope that yours is filled to the brim with love & joy.

xoxo,

Wenderly

Chocolate Candy Cane Bread
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (I used regular size)
  • Topping
  • 2 oz. white baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 Tbsp. crushed candy canes (I used about 20 crushed peppermints)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350º.
  2. Spray three 8×4 loaf pans with baking spray.
  3. Beat butter and brown sugar in a bowl for a couple of minutes until crumbly. Pour in egg whites, eggs, coffee (cooled), yogurt, oil and vanilla & peppermint extracts and mix until incorporated.
  4. Meanwhile, in another bowl, add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and whisk together. Next, pour this dry mixture into the wet mixture alternating with the buttermilk and beating well until all is gone. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes until cooked through and cake tester comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in pans for about 15 minutes before turning them out onto cooling racks to finish cooling.
  6. Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over tops of loaves with a spoon. Sprinkle a happy amount of the crushed candy canes (or peppermints) all over the top before the white chocolate dries.
  7. Enjoy!