The Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Last week/weekend it was time for our monthly fun and delicious Bake-Along. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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So here’s the post that falls in the category ‘She also ran baked’ ๐Ÿ†

I have been reading a lot of the wonderful baking posts…so, yes, I do believe I’m the last one!

The lovely Tracy, quilter, baker, author of It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another Bake-Along.

This month’s star-baker was Tami over at Tanglewood Knotsย ๐Ÿ˜ŠTami baked her devine looking ‘Chocolate covered Peppermint Patties’, and asked everyone for their favorite Chocolate recipe.

Well…Hello….Say ‘Chocolate’ and I’m there! ๐Ÿ˜œ
Since most of you have already seen/bakedย my favorite chocolate recipe (Chili/Chocolate Bread ) I decided to follow Tracy’s Brownie delight!

Now, honestly, I had sworn to never make Brownies from scratch again. I was convinced that the only good Brownie is the one out of a box. But Tracy was very convincing, so I gave this one more try.
What can I say? By golly she is right!ย ๐Ÿ˜ŽNever again will I bake brownies using a mix!
These devilish things are sooooooo good! I can’t even begin to describe it!

Don’t believe me? Here’s the recipe…go ahead! Try it!

Ingredients:

โ€ข โ€ข 1c salted butter โ€“not margarine

โ€ข โ€ข 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

โ€ข โ€ข 2c sugar

โ€ข โ€ข 3 eggs

โ€ข โ€ข 2 tsp vanilla

โ€ข โ€ข 1 1/2c flour

โ€ข โ€ข *optional 1c chopped nuts

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and eggs. ย Mix until smooth. Add flour, vanilla, and nuts. ย The batter will be thick and light brown. ย  Spoon into a greased 8ร—8 pan . They will be thick. Cook on the middle rack of ย a 350* oven for 40-45 min. ย Start checking at 35 min. ย They are done when a knife comes out clean but just barely clean. ย Do not over cook.
I baked them for 42 minutes (convection oven).

They’re ready for the oven….

After 20 minutes the house filled with a wonderful chocolate-y fragrance. I could hardly wait to pull them out of the oven. After checking a few times, the knife finally came out (almost) clean.

Hubby and I nibbled on them all evening…until we agreed that we have to move them out of sight. Good thing we did or there wouldn’t have been enough left for a nice picture! ๐Ÿ˜

If you’re looking for more chocolate goodness, please check out what all the other bakers posted for ya

Lucia @ Crochet, Knit, and more

AJ @ A Petite Slice of Life

Marcia @ Una Regiaen Bicicleta

Rebecca @ Twinklehook

Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl

Susan @ Granny Smith’s Quilting

Kathy @ Sewing etc.

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @ Emma’s Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea, and everything

I hope I can add your name to this list next month! Happy baking!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will do so often!

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Attention Chocolate Lovers ๐Ÿ’• Chili/Chocolate Bread Aheadย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Are you ready for some baking? ๐Ÿ˜Š Then I have a treat for you! 

No tricks, just some deliciousness ๐Ÿ‘ป

I love to experiment in the kitchen. So when I was ready for a new breakfast bread – the Raisin Bread got a bit boring – and came across a Chocolate/Chili bar at a store…it all came together.๐Ÿ˜I picked up some chocolate chips (Ghirardelli Bittersweet) – that’s all I needed, everything else is always in the house. ๐Ÿ˜

That was a few weeks ago. I mentioned it in a post here, and the lovely Tracy – awesome quilter, fabulous blogger, and all around a wonderful person – asked if I would like this bread to be the ๐Ÿ’ซStar๐Ÿ’ซ of this month’s ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. ๐Ÿ˜Š Needless to say, I was thrilled to say ‘Yes!’ 

If you don’t just wanna bake this bread, but also share it with the rest of the ‘Fantastic Bakers’, please let Tracy know, and she’ll include you in the list. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ She will even send you a reminder every month – like I said…a wonderful person! ๐Ÿ˜ All you have to do is head over to her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day and let her know. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you decide to join us, and share your beautiful baking results with us. ๐Ÿค—

Alrighty…now to the recipe for the 

Chocolate/Chili Bread 

I made it in my bread machine. If you do the same, place all the ingredients, in this order, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle 

For a small loaf (1 lb.)

Milk, room temperature  –   3/4 cup

Unsalted Butter, room temperature, 1/2″ pieces  –    1/4 cup 

1 egg

Salt.  –  1/2 tsp.

Granulated Sugar  –  2 Tbsp.

Bread Flour   –  2-1/4 cups

Chili Powder   –  1-1/2 tsp. 

Yeast, active dry, instant, or bread machine   – 1-1/2 tsp.

Select the ‘Basic/White’ program, 1 lb., and your desired crust color, and start the machine. When the mix-in tone sounds, add 1 cup chocolate chips. 

Note: The Ghirardelli chips have a very intense chocolate taste. The Chili therefore is just an aftertaste…a mild ‘burn’. To intensify the Chili flavor you might wanna use Milk Chocolate Chips. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. 

I wish I could give you Hand Mixing Instructions here, but I have no experience in yeast-bread baking outside my bread machine ๐Ÿ˜Œ I looked through all my cookbooks…none of the recipes has the needed ingredients listed. 

So…fellow bakers…if you have a trusted recipe that can be used here, please let me know. I will gladly include it. โ˜บ๏ธ

Happy baking! I’m looking forward to seeing your bread, and can’t wait to hear what you think of this concoction  creation ๐Ÿ˜

Now head over to Tracy’s blog, and tell her you wanna join us! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Sending Love โค๏ธ, Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚, and Hugs ๐Ÿค—