Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sweet Heat Roast Beef Sandwiches

This three ingredient roast beef sandwich couldn't be simpler and it's a crowd pleaser!

sweet heat roast beef sandwiches (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love a good meal that requires virtually no effort.  This one is it!  I put it in before I left for a meeting yesterday and by dinnertime that night it was bubbling and ready for us to dig in.

I mean, I have three kids!  Sometimes it is 3 p.m. and the dinner light bulb finally goes off and I end up scrambling.  I hate those days.  Dinner is usually an epic fail and everyone is disappointed.  And hungry two hours later.

I do my best to meal plan, but like every mom out there sometimes it just doesn't happen.  Life gets in the way and suddenly you've been eating cold meat sandwiches and chips for dinner two nights in a row.

This busy mom meal plan has popular...maybe I should use it on myself in the coming weeks?

sweet heat roast beef sandwiches (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I took this roast out to thaw the day prior knowing it would go in the slow cooker and knowing it would be shredded and made into sandwiches.

But...I wanted to do something different.

I had a few chipotle chilis in adobo sauce leftover from a fun recipe you'll be seeing soon {think shrimp!} and needed to use it up, PLUS....a random can of alcoholic root beer {don't ask}.  Wouldn't you know when you put them together to simmer all day long it makes magic?

Yep, it sure does.

Now the roast I put in was small, just 3 lbs., but we polished this thing off!  Seriously, not a shred of meat leftover for today.

Wish was disappointing, but hey, it wasn't a cereal dinner, so I'm taking that as a win.

sweet heat roast beef sandwiches (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This meat is tender, juicy, sweet and yet has a bit of heat.  Nothing to make you sweat, but it balances the sweetness nicely.

Don't be afraid, all three of my kids ate this and didn't even mention it.  You'll be fine.  Give it a try!

Sweet Heat Roast Beef Sandwiches

3-4 lb. beef arm roast
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (found in the Mexican aisle in a can)
8 oz. Not Your Father's Root Beer (or a non-alcoholic root beer)

1.  In your slow cooker place in the roast.  Pour on the root beer and place the chipotle peppers (whole) on the roast.
2.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4-6 hours.
3.  When done, the meat should shred easily with two forks.  Shred and let soak in the juice until ready to eat.  Serve on hoagie buns and enjoy!

Woo-hoo, I have a lot planned coming up!

An ooey-gooey, tangy slider, a crispy shrimp appetizer, and get this.....a SALAD!

Yes, it's February and we could probably all use a salad.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Pancake Sandwiches

I'm celebrating National Hot Breakfast Month with Krusteaz in February, 
so why not serve delicious blueberry cheesecake stuffed pancakes for dinner? 

blueberry cheesecake pancake sandwiches krusteaz giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

We love breakfast for dinner at our house.  In fact, I grew up eating breakfast for dinner whether it was pancakes and eggs, waffles and sausage or an egg casserole, it was common for us to have it at least once a month.

Hey, it's easy!

And it's practically like eating dessert for a meal in my opinion so of course I'm on board. For those of you that haven't tried it and are strictly a 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. breakfast person, you need to step out of the box.  It's fun!


blueberry cheesecake pancake sandwiches krusteaz giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The wonderful breakfast company Krusteaz recently contacted me to help spark a 'breakfast for dinner' movement.  Did you know tomorrow February 9, is National Pancake Day? There is a day for everything, but this is clearly one of my favorites.

I am making pancakes at least once a week - usually on Saturdays when we are not rushing out the door to school.  Sometimes they are plain, sometimes we throw in blueberries, often I'll make my popular apple cinnamon version.  They are always different, but always devoured.  

Krusteaz sent me a gracious {HUGE!} box of breakfast materials.  Check out the photo here on my Instagram page.  

Two boxes of Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Two boxes of Belgian Waffle Mix
Two boxes of Honey Wheat Pancake Mix
Two boxes of Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix
Pancake Spatula
Pancake Griddle Pan
Pancake Squeeze Bottle for Pancake Art
Krusteaz Apron

Stay reading....you can win ALL of this too!


blueberry cheesecake pancake sandwiches krusteaz giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

As usual, I got a little creative with this recipe.  I didn't want to do just any old pancake {although their mixes are really number #1 in my book}.  Plain jane ones do steal the show.

My kids love fruit, love cheesecake and of course love pancakes, so I decided to put it all together in a sandwich.  Oh my...best idea yet for 2016.  These were incredible!

I taste tested this filling before making the sandwiches like any good cook would do.  I may have taken a graham cracker and had myself a little appetizer before breakfast for dinner that night.  You could really use this filling in a multitude of things.


blueberry cheesecake pancake sandwiches krusteaz giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

With Valentine's Day nearing I risked my life and climbed up on top of the counters, above the fridge and grabbed my 100 set of cookie cutters {I really need to put these in a more convenient place} and grabbed a big heart.

I figured hearts would be more fun than boring circles!  So I put the oldest to work on cutting out my pancake hearts {he'll do anything for a pancake} and put my middle child to work setting the table.  I did scramble some eggs to make this a rounded out breakfast for dinner if you are wondering...I can't let them get away with just dessert for dinner!

Isn't this blueberry cheesecake filling pretty?

I had to share this photo so you could see just how fun it is.  The next day we did eat the leftovers as open faced sandwiches, just like this one below.  That was fun too.


blueberry cheesecake pancake sandwiches krusteaz giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I really cannot say enough about Krusteaz.  Not just because they are wonderful to work with, but the quality of their mixes are fantastic.  

One day after receiving my package I woke up with the 20 month old at 6 am and realized suddenly that my preschooler had snacks that day and of course I had forgotten.  Ugh.  So scrambling to the kitchen I stood blindly in front of the pantry cupboard trying to think of what I could make or throw together quickly.

Krusteaz's Chocolate Chunk Muffin mix was STARING back at me.  I grabbed both boxes, turned them over to glance at the directions and noticed that there were alternative directions to make it into two loaf pans instead of muffins.  I quickly threw the batter together, poured it into two loaf pans and put them in the oven.  An hour and a half later I was walking into her school with warm chocolate chunk bread in my hands and the teachers were drooling.

These mixes are ideal to have on hand in situations of mother-forgetfulness.


blueberry cheesecake pancake sandwiches krusteaz giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Does this photo convince you that my kids loved this breakfast for dinner?  It was a huge hit. If I can tell you one thing as a food blogger, it's this - make dinners simple, yet special.

Kids will never remember the fancy meals with three different side dishes, but they will remember helping in the kitchen and doing something "different from the norm".  Breakfast for dinner is a great place to start.  Throw it in your dinner rotation and watch the cherubs flock to the table!

Do you want to win a Krusteaz breakfast pack to jump start your Breakfast for Dinner traditions?  Be sure to print off my pancake recipe FIRST and then enter the giveaway below! One winner will be shipped the same exact box of supplies I received {listed above}. Trust me, you will want your pantry stocked with these mixes.  Good luck!

Until then, here is a .50 cent off coupon for your next box of Krusteaz!

A big thanks to Krusteaz for making this happen!  #mykrusteaz #breakfastnight

Blueberry Cheesecake Pancake Sandwiches

12 cooked Krusteaz pancakes {made according to package directions}
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. frozen or fresh blueberries
cookie cutter of your choice

1.  Cook the pancakes according to directions, set aside and let cool.
2.  In bowl combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Gently fold in the blueberries.
3.  Using a cookie cutter cut out 12 shapes {saving outside pieces to eat as regular pancakes}.
4.  Assemble sandwiches by spreading the filling in between two cut out pancakes.  Serve at room temperature or warm up a bit in the microwave {15 seconds} to serve warm.


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Junk in the Trunk Banana Bread

I packed everything I own into this banana bread.
To say it's fantastic is an understatement.

junk in the trunk banana bread (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You know how people have a quest to find the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe? I feel like the same can be said for banana bread. It's need to be moist, yet not mushy. Golden brown, yet not burnt and dry.

It's a hard thing to do!

Long ago, way back in the beginning of my food blogging journey I stumbled upon a banana bread recipe and tweaked it my own. Since that defining moment I've made it a hundred times and have never, ever looked back.

junk in the trunk banana bread (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

People will say they have the greatest recipe of all time and I'm proudly rolling my eyes behind their back. You know why? Because they are lying.

I HAVE THE GREATEST RECIPE OF ALL TIME.

And lucky for you guys, I'm sharing it here today. I make this bread anytime my bananas are turning to brown mush. Which isn't as often as I'd like lately {the 20 month old gobbles down at least one a day}.

When my four year old has snack day at preschool this is the first thing she requests. And guess what? Her teacher's eyes light up when we bring it in as well. It is the recipe that everyone asks me to write down for them and I'm okay with that – it's not a secret recipe, just a great one.

junk in the trunk banana bread (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Every once in awhile I'll get wild and crazy and start throwing pieces of whatever into the batter. The husband prefers it plain jane, but when I get the chance I change it up. I'm all about stepping it up a notch.

One time it was crushed up Reese's peanut butter cups. One time funfetti sprinkles. And yes, even once, I slathered the top with Nutella and ate the entire loaf over the course of two days with a fork attached to my hip.

I've never claimed to be a healthy food blogger {although I do have many recipes for when a detox is needed}.

This time I pulled everything out of the trunk {a.k.a my freezer} and threw it in – mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, butterscotch chips and wait for it – caramel bits. When this bread bakes everything melts and comes together perfectly. Your house will smell like a French bakery in Paris. I'm serious! A friend walked in my house when this was baking and didn't want to leave until she knew what was in that oven of mine.

junk in the trunk banana bread (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Feel free to make mini loafs with this batter or handy-dandy muffins for on the go. It all works the same. I love to keep it traditional into two large loafs. One for me and one for the kids. Or one for a friend and one for me. Or one for me and one for preschool snacks.

But definitely, always, one for ME.

And finally, this batter is awesome plain jane as well, without all the add-ins.  In fact that is how I usually make it, just regular banana bread.  So if you want to be boring, head that route.

Junk in the Trunk Banana Bread

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup honey
2 eggs
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Liberally grease two loaf pans with cooking spray.
3. In a stand mixer cream together butter, sugar and honey until light and fluffy.
4. Add in the eggs one at a time, combining after each.
5. Stir in vanilla and mashed bananas.
6. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Alternately add in flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
7. Fold in chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, caramel bits and pecans.
8. Pour batter into the greased loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
9. Allow to cool, remove from the pans and keep in an airtight container for the best storage.

Now.....THIS is my best loaf bread on my food blog, but I have many more that rank right up there. Be sure to check out these popular ones as well:


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

3-Step Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Think mashed potatoes are a fuss to make?  Think again.  
Three easy steps and you have 'em.

3-step crock pot mashed potatoes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Well, here we are at the start of another week {yeah, it's Tuesday, but whatever}.  This past weekend kind of feels like a blur.  I don't really remember what I did or where I went.  I think it's the winter weather.  Everything was just kinda blah.

I do remember us eating out a LOT.  At least for us that is.  And by eating out I mean ordering take-out.  I pulled the lazy card and ran with it.  Pizza one night and hot baked subs the next night.

Needless to say, by Sunday my family was craving and asking for a home cooked meal.  More like begging for a home cooked meal.

They're animals.

I eventually gave in.  


3-step crock pot mashed potatoes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I hadn't made meatloaf in about a year, so that got slapped together.  And well, meatloaf pairs well with mashed potatoes right?

Since I was still holding my lazy card nice and high I thought, "can't I just throw my potatoes in the crock pot with some broth and seasonings and let it do the work for me?"

I was much more interested in finishing Making a Murder that afternoon while the kids napped, rather than hovering over the stove boiling potatoes.

Ahem.  Making a Murder.  I'm nervous to say where I believe he is guilty or not-guilty, for fear of reader backlash, but, I'd love to know your thoughts....see how I did that?  Ha.

So while I snuggled into Netflix to finish up that series, these potatoes where cooking in the crock pot.  A bit of broth and fresh garlic made the house smell wonderful.  Like I actually was making an EFFORT towards dinner, when really all I did was throw three items in the crock pot.


3-step crock pot mashed potatoes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Speaking of Netflix, what other shows, movies or documentaries do I need to put on my watch list? I'm slowly making my way through Call the Midwife, thinking about Parenthood, followed by a little Friday Night Lights.

Give me more suggestions!

Funny or serious....or possibly shows that make me cry.  Whatever, I'm game.  I feel like the past few years I was in the thick of child rearing and I missed out on all the popular shows and movies.  I'm making up for lost time!


3-step crock pot mashed potatoes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You know what else is on my mind?

Writing an e-book.  Anyone interested in that?  It has been stewing in my mind for awhile.  I have a topic idea, but I'm not fully ready to shout that from the heavens just yet.  My blog is growing, slow and steady, a bit like a tortoise.

I'd prefer the hare.

One way to jump that growth might be with an e-book.  They are going over like gangbusters in the food blog world and my proposed topic is a hot button.  I will be talking with a big-time food blogger who specializes in this later today.  So stayed tuned my faithful readers. Maybe 2016 will be my year?

Until then, I'm cooking, baking, child rearing, and trying to stay sane on most days.  I hope you keep following this journey!

And PLEASE make these potatoes.  We had the leftovers tonight and they might have been even better.  I mean, who doesn't like this creamy, comforting side dish?

3-Step Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

3 lbs. peeled potatoes
1 c. chicken or vegetable broth
3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 stick unsalted butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. salt

Step 1:  Place potatoes, garlic and broth in your crock pot.  Set to LOW and cook for 4-6 hours.
Step 2:  Check potatoes for tenderness, if done, add in butter, cream cheese, milk, cheese and seasonings.
Step 3:  Mash potatoes with a hand masher or an immersion blender.  Mash to your desired like - leaving chunky or blending until smooth.

Potatoes can stay on warm in the crock for a few hours before serving or eaten right away.

3-step crock pot mashed potatoes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine's Funfetti Popcorn

Kid's have a school party?  Want to make something for your babe?
This snack covers all the bases.

valentine's funfetti popcorn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I figured it was time around these parts to do a fun food post and with the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday upon us what better time than to make a cool snack.

When Gimbal's Fine Candies contacted me last week, with samples soon to follow on my door stop, I just knew I had to incorporate them somehow.  My kid's love popcorn and let's be honest they LOVE any form of candy {much to my dismay}, so why not combine the two?

After this snack was made I promptly packaged up half of it and delivered to some friends in town with little kids.  I just could not trust myself with it sitting on the counter before me.

It's dangerous.

valentine's funfetti popcorn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Gimbal's is located in San Francisco {a four generation company dating back to 1898} and while I have no connection with them other than them finding me, golly that city has been on my list to visit for a long time.

Along with Key West, Denver, New York City, Nashville, Seattle, Savannah and so many more.  I'm not really sure where I'm going with this other than letting you know my travel bucket list....but San Francisco is on top of that list.

I really want to sit on those Full House front steps and get my photo taken.

And when I go I'll find that original Gimbal's store and buy myself a bag of their cherry {made with real cherry juice} and cinnamon chews {made with real cinnamon oil}.  I decided I liked them both equally.  So naturally, I put both of them in this holiday mix.

valentine's funfetti popcorn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I wanted to actually coat this popcorn in something...and not let it be just another snack mix, you know?  Sometimes you've got to spark things up a bit.  We've all had our fair share of the traditional popcorn, peanuts and M&M mix.

Booooooooooring.

I whipped up a mixture of melted white chocolate chips with coconut oil and wait for it.....vanilla pudding mix.  It mellows out the white chocolate and gives the whole coating a smooth, vanilla flavor.

Then of course I added corn chew cereal to increase the crunchiness and Valentine M&M's. This mix is busy.  There is no lack of boring here.

valentine's funfetti popcorn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Valentine's Funfetti Popcorn


6 cups popped popcorn
2 cups corn chex cereal
1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1/4 c. coconut oil {or any light oil}
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
handfuls of add-in's: M&M's, Gimbal's candies or candy of choice

1.  In a bowl place popcorn and corn chex cereal.
2.  In a microwave safe bowl combine the white chocolate chips and coconut oil.  Melt in 25 second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth.
3.  Add in the dry pudding mix and stir until smooth.  Pour over the popcorn/cereal mix and toss to coat.
4.  Sprinkle in the add-in's and pour the mixture on pieces of wax paper to cool and harden, about 15 minutes.
5.  Break up by hand and keep in an air tight container to stay fresh.

What do you do for Valentine's Day?  Love it?  Hate it?  Don't give a hoot?

I'm kind of in the middle.

I could take it or leave it.

But I do love that it gives me an excuse for candy.

So there.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hamburger Steaks with Cheesy Sauteed Mushrooms

Jazz up that package of ground beef and impress your family with these!

hamburger steaks with cheesy sauteed mushrooms (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's January and we are all supposed to be on this healthy new year kick, but sometimes incredibly lean fish being plated next to steamed broccoli makes me have violent thoughts.

And a violent mama doesn't do anyone good.

I want to be eating happy things and not foods that are tasteless and remind me of unfulfilled dreams. So instead I try and eat just a little bit of those bad foods {usually at dinnertime}, while during the rest of the day I am living on oatmeal, peanut butter on whole wheat toast, eggs, fruit and often times bites here and there of what the kids are eating.

It works for me.

Don't judge.

Dinner time is the only time we are ALL sitting together.  It is always chaotic, people are always bickering, food is often flying, be we are TOGETHER.  So I've chosen this meal to be my meal.  You know the meal I actually give a rat's ass about.

hamburger steaks with cheesy sauteed mushrooms (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm sure this will change in the years to come, but currently our breakfasts are fast paced and frantic and our lunches are a hodge podge of the previous night's leftovers or something resembling a sandwich.

I mean today I ate three pieces of shrimp, a few crackers, a piece of string cheese and a mini Hershey's bar.

Clearly I have work to do.

But, this dinner thing?  

I've got my act together on that.  I serve a meal.  It usually has a side or two circling around the main event.  What a concept!

A couple of nights ago I made these hamburger steaks.  The husband claimed if I made chicken or anything resembling chicken anytime this week, he'd have have to start fasting.  It was that bad.  So instead of a withering away husband I made this.

And they turned out fabulous.

Such a change up from a regular old burger.  I mean, they are called steaks.  Do not forget that.  It is vital and important to the recipe.

hamburger steaks with cheesy sauteed mushrooms (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

They are also great re-heated.  I packed two away for the husband's lunch, because frankly those were the only two left.

Obviously we ate slapped together sandwiches for lunch the next day, but it was okay....we managed...as I knew dinner was coming soon.

I live for dinner.

It is my way to get through the long afternoons when the girls aren't napping well and helps me to remember that after dinner comes baths and bedtimes.

Ahhhhh......

Hamburger Steaks with Cheesy Sauteed Mushrooms


2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. button mushrooms, sliced
1 T. olive oil
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1/8 c. flour
1/2 c. beef stock
1 c. Monterey Jack cheese

1.  In a bowl combine the beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Form into eight patties.
2.  In a very large skillet, heat oil to medium-high heat.  Add the patties to the pan, cooking 4-5 minutes a side.  Remove the patties from the pan.
3.  Add the mushrooms to the hot pan, cooking a few minutes until they start to brown.  Sprinkle them with flour, and additional salt/pepper {optional}.  Cook out the flour for 2 minutes.
4.  Add the beef stock to the pan, stirring, allowing the mixture to thicken.  Return the patties to the pan and spoon the mushroom gravy over the patties.  Cover the skillet with a lid, turn down to a simmer and allow to cook another 5 minutes.
5.  Sprinkle the patties evenly with cheese, cover again with the lid, allowing cheese to melt.
6.  Serve warm.

Cooking this dish in an electric skillet makes it super easy {as all eight patties fit}.  This one by Black & Decker is very similar to mine and works great!  We use it for pancakes, eggs, hash browns, burgers, grilled cheese....well, just about everything.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chocolate Cake Donuts with Chocolate Ganache

Homemade donuts are all the rage.  Make your own and you'll be the hit of the town.

chocolate cake donuts with chocolate ganache (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've said before I will not trust anyone that says they "don't eat donuts".  Please.  Deep down I know you like them.  It's like cake.  Who doesn't like cake?  For some reason people feel ashamed to say, "I had a donut for breakfast".

I get it.  They are a tad unhealthy.  There really is no nutritional value.  You will probably be hungry an hour later.

That is why you have a second breakfast.

The donut is the appetizer or a snack to the meal, if you will.

So there.  We should all be having a donut once in awhile.  Life is short and these are fantastic.  The end.


chocolate cake donuts with chocolate ganache (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Kidding!

I'll write more.

The day I made these I was also bribing my 4.5 year old.  Yep, I said bribing.  She challenges me and sometimes and I succumb to parenting like a 4.5 year old.  With just her and her sister at home in the afternoons I still make her "nap" or at least have quite time in her room.

I NEED THIS QUIET TIME.

She could take it or leave it.  60% of the time she will actually fall asleep, which is beyond wonderful.  The other 40% of the time I hear her using the restroom, walking around in the hallway, shutting doors, singing, pretty much anything other than sleeping.

chocolate cake donuts with chocolate ganache (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

In many trial and error moments I have found that she will work for rewards.  I know, parenting hackers call me out, but it sometimes works.

She lives to go with me in the mid-afternoon to pick up her brother from school, so I will often say, "If you nap, then you and your brother can have a special snack when he gets home from school".

It is never anything crazy.  Maybe hot chocolate.  Maybe a homemade cookie.  But when I'm usually offering apple slices or string cheese, it gets her attention.

A few days ago it was homemade donuts.

Yes, I made these donuts just so my 4.5 year old would take a nap.

Proud moment right here.


chocolate cake donuts with chocolate ganache (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Baking homemade donuts is a breeze as long as you have a donut pan.  I bought a simple one years ago on a girl's trip and have used it numerous times.  It makes six donuts, which is just enough for this horrible breakfast craving.

You can purchase yours HERE.  It's on sale for $11!

After I made these last week, I posted this cherry donut recipe on my Facebook page, hinting that I had the chocolate version baking in my oven and my local friends went a little bonkers.  They are used to my random drop-offs of baked goods.  I have a feeling they were all thinking, "will she pick me this time?"

Well, one special friend got lucky.  At preschool pick-up I casually handed over three chocolate donuts and told her to make sure her boys let her have one.

They did!


chocolate cake donuts with chocolate ganache (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These are moist, almost cake like...and the frosting?  It's simple and light with just the perfect amount of chocolate.  The ganache is made in the microwave in 1 minute.....so please don't skip this step, it's so easy and so worth it.

Chocolate Cake Donuts with Chocolate Ganache


Batter:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
1/3 c. sour cream
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. coconut oil {or any light oil}

Frosting:
1/2 c. chocolate chips
2 T. butter
2 T. coconut oil
2 t. water

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease the donut pan.
2.  In a bowl beat the wet ingredients, then gently add the dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
3.  Spoon the batter into the donut pan, filling to the top.
4.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops are slightly cracked and spring back to the touch.
5.  While the donuts are baking, in a bowl combine the frosting ingredients.  Melt in 20 second intervals stirring after each time.  Do this until it is completely melted.
6.  Using a knife, carefully remove the donuts from the pan.  Dip the tops into the frosting, then turn over and let cool/frosting harden on a piece of wax paper.
7.  Eat right away or keep in a airtight container to stay fresh.

Oh, and I had quite a bit of frosting left over.  Which in my head meant, I'll need to make another batch, but it never got that far.

Someone may have slathered it between graham crackers for snack the next day.

She wasn't napping.