Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Just wanted to remind you about the giveaway I’m having courtesy of a blender from CSN Stores.  I’ve started another blog for giveaways and reviews and you must go there and leave a comment to be entered into the random drawing.  The contest ends Wednesday April 7 at midnight and is open to US and Canada residents.  Click on “the giveaway” link and check out the and the kitchen of our new house (Moving in June to Utah!).

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Sometimes (almost daily) Taylor and Sam LOVE just eating peanut butter on a spoon.  I didn’t get very good pictures of them, but no joke, Taylor had about 1/4 cup of peanut butter on his spoon and he was just shoveling it in.  Sam does the same thing, but his scoops aren’t quite as big.  Should we thank Grandma Scott for this love of peanut butter?  Okay, let’s.  When they want it, I let them.  I buy the Skippy Natural that has no hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup, so I don’t feel bad.  It’s a good protein and filling snack and these two in particular need all they can get.  Two nights in a row they haven’t eaten really any of their dinner, which means that mean ol’ mom didn’t let them have a  bedtime snack-nothing .  They are starting to get the big picture here and I’m hoping it will be worth it to them to get a snack before bed if they eat their dinner.  It has not been pleasant when they sit and watch Scott and Parker enjoy their bedtime snack.  Long live peanut butter!  (And for the record, I have taught them not to double dip into the jar, which means sometimes there are 4-5 spoons with remnants of peanut butter on them in the sink.  Nutella is a popular one here, too.)  Okay, okay, TWD, coming up!

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This week’s recipe for Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake was chosen by Erin of When In Doubt...Leave It At 350.  I halved the recipe and made Non-mocha Walnut Marbled Mini Bundt Cakes.

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The half recipe made 12 mini bundts and four little cupcakes.

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I did some minor changes to the recipe.  Instead of finely ground walnuts, I just chopped them and I didn’t halve the amount in the full recipe.  I used 1/2 cup of walnuts for the half recipe.  I’m nutty that way.  I omitted the coffee and espresso powder.  Instead of the coffee, I just used hot water.  I used 2% milk instead of whole milk, since that’s what I had.  And finally, I used white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour.  So I said minor changes, but typing that all out, it sounds like a lot.  I suppose I have no idea what Dorie’s cake tastes like.  But it makes me feel better to eat some of these goodies when I make a few healthier changes.  These definitely needed the dark chocolate ganache I doused them with.  I made the ganache with 4 ounces of Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips and 3 ounces cream.  I heated the cream to boiling, then poured it over the bowl of chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes, then I slowly whisked it together until it was smooth and shiny.  I let it sit for a bit so the ganache thickened.  GOOD stuff that ganache.

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I really thought I didn’t really think these were that good the day I made them, but by the next day, I’d have to say they are good.  The cakes have a nice contrasting flavor with the two flavors and the walnuts.  The four little cupcakes were especially good, more moist I suppose. 

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You know when you’ve made some ganache and there’s a bit leftover?  That happened here, so I let it sit covered on the counter overnight.  It was perfectly scoopable the next day.  Have you ever had those truffles that are rolled just in cocoa and felt like it was maybe a little TOO cocoa-ish, not sweet enough from the unsweetened cocoa they were rolled in?  Yeah, that’s how I feel about those kinds of truffles.  So I just happened to have some Oreo cookie crumbs and rolled three little truffles in that, just to see how it was and to use up the rest of that ganache.  Know what?  GOOD perfectly sweet truffles!

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I just remembered that two of them are still sitting in the fridge.  Hmm, catch ya later…….

(Thanks for the fun cake pick this week, Erin.  You can get the recipe on her blog.)  I personally think you should just buy Dorie’s book!)

32 comments:

Cristine said...

Mmmmm... I want to make it again and pour ganache all over it. YUM!

Clivia said...

I don't know which sounds more delicious the mini-bundts with glaze or the chocolate truffles rolled in cookie crumbs. Together, they're a chocolate feast!

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

I haven't made this recipe yet, seeing all the variations (bundts, cupcakes, mini bundts) is pretty tempting. I love the mini bundts!

vibi said...

Oh! Goodness... the chocolate Queen has struck again! Love the checker effect!

Thank you so much Katrina for not letting me down while I was sick and not feeling like surfing the net to leave comments... I don't know how you do it with three boys, you must be the Queen of so many other things!!!

Lauryn said...

your mini bundts look delish!!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Whoa. Can you mail me some of those truffles? :) Great looking mini bundts!

Melissa said...

Oh my, I'm drooling over those truffles! The ganache on your mini cakes looks great too!

Pamela said...

Holy Hannah! Those truffles look extremely decadent! Nice job all around, as usual!

Becky said...

love your minis!

and dang...love the chocolate on top!

i made the coconut tea cake this week with grapefruit. I loved it!

spike. said...

wow, the ganache seems to have made these! love those truffles too

Marthe said...

Your mini bundts look soooo cute!!

bakingwiththeboys said...

The minis are so cute but not as cute as your boys. Love the PB shots. My friend does that all the time and, at her house, they are called Peanut Butter Pops.

House still on market...boys learning new cleaning habits...

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great looking mini bundts! My son loves to eat peanut butter right out the jar. I tell him he can have one spoonful and he'll find the biggest spoon that will fit in the jar and go to town. I swear he manage to get half the jar out in a single "spoonful".

Kayte said...

Am on spring break touring colleges with Matt so no cooking for me this week...so much for baking ahead and banking the posts, right? Maybe in my next life. Love to hear the changes you make, etc. as I learn so much. These look wonderful! Cutey Cutey on the peanut butter boys.

Jules Someone said...

Mmmm. I always forget about my smaller pans. Nice ganache. My dad always used to eat big spoonfuls of peanut butter. Yum.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I have to remind myself that I am on a diet... these sweet little goodies are making my mouth water!

Kim said...

Cute pictures. I love teh mini-bundts. Will you send me one? Please?

Amanda said...

HA! You are hilarious with your ganache Oreo truffles! LOL Love your peanut butter boys, so cute as always :) Mine are finally starting to grow out of not eating dinner. The youngest one (11) still doesn't eat a bunch, but he knows if he doesn't eat, that all he gets after dinner would be something like an apple, celery sticks or carrots.

Deeba PAB said...

Aw your boys are C U T E!! Loved the changes you made; makes food so much more worthwhile! Love these mini bundts and the slathering of ganache too. SU'd!!

Mimi said...

I think I'll join the boys and their peanut butter (they are so cute). Of course your cakes look fabulous with that ganache dripping down the sides.
Mimi

jillbert said...

They look great with the ganache! I like peanut butter straight up too.

Jaime said...

love your minis! hope you had a nice Easter :)

Leslie said...

my kids are the same way w/ peanut butter. I leave the nutella for me!!!!!!

Kathleen said...

This mini bundts sound delish! I love that you made truffles from the extra ganache! Brilliant!!!

Barbara @ moderncomfortfood said...

Love your recipes, stories, and the pictures of your boys, all of which brought back memories for me of my (now 28 year old) "boy" Your adaptation of the recipe looks like a real keeper to me, and I look forward to trying it. Many thanks for sharing it. Stumbled.

Susan said...

That ganache looks fabulous! And, the truffles?? Yum! Great looking mini bundts. :)

Nickki said...

Oh yum! Your mini bundts look awesome but those truffles look amazing!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The set up ganache looks delicious! And those truffles! Heaven on a plate!

Karen said...

What fun! :) Love peanut butter on a spoon and I love your little bundts. My husband would probably love them with the nute in them too.

TeaLady said...

O.M.G. oreo dipped ganache truffles. Be Still My Heart!!!

And the little bundts look great too. A little ganache was perfect on these.

mike said...

These look so great - ! Love min-bundts - and this was my favorite marbled cake recipe! By far - love the glaze - I might try that next time. Just did loaves for simplicity!

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