Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back in Business!

This weekend, I baked for the first time in...I don't know...2 months? More? I've been anxious to make my way back into the kitchen, but every time I walk in, I'm reminded of what a mess it is. I finally sucked it up & decided to make Tim a delicious dessert for when he returned from work...where he is EVERY DAY ALL WEEK only to return to me on the weekends. Boo.

On the plus side, in case anyone decides to attack, he reminds me every time he leaves that there's a metal bat next to the couch "in case I need it". :)

So I know I've missed so many food blog recipes on my hiatus, but I decided to go with a fairly recent post by Bake or Break to guide me back into the game. I was looking for something very chocolately, and this chocolate cobbler fit the bill. However, with all the eating out we had been doing, lately I'm trying to make sure to stay with healthy, natural ingredients, and so I tweaked the (probably much more delicious!) recipe a bit. For a while now, I've been baking decadently because I know that's what everyone enjoys...but in truth, I really prefer to try to use less indulgent ingredients to make dishes that taste (imho) quite delicious. Here's my recipe, with another link to the original.

"Healthy" Chocolate Cobbler
modified from Bake or Break

1 cup sugar, divided in 1/2
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white whole wheat flour
7 Tbsp cocoa, divided into 3 & 4 Tbsp
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 1/2 cups hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar, flour, 3 Tbsp cocoa, baking powder & salt.

Stir in yogurt, banana & vanilla until smooth.

In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar & 4 Tbsp cocoa. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Pour hot water over top. Do not stir.

Bake in oven for about 35 minutes...there will be a sort of chocolate sauce that remains on the bottom of the dish, so there's no need to bake until all liquid is gone.

As stated in the original recipe, this dish is so simple. Honestly, I accidentally poured some of the water into the cocoa mixture, then quickly poured that on top of the batter, then just poured the rest of the hot water on top. Still worked!

And, again, as stated in the original post, definitely best served with ice cream! Yum! (Ok, really you'll have to make it yourself to understand how delicious it is with ice cream...the lack of light when I took the picture created a picture that's definitely NOT worth a thousand words.)



VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for getting back to baking - don't it feel GREAT?! And wow, that cobbler looks sooo scrumptious.

eatme_delicious said...

Looks great! I need to try and make healthy versions of indulgent desserts like this. Glad you're back to baking!