Have you ever had just what you need fall into your lap? Just before Christmas I needed to make a dessert to bring to a dessert potluck at work and, being short on time, I hadn’t figured out what that would be. I had a vague sense of what I wanted–something chocolately, but ideally with some red highlights to add some festivity–but above all else, I wanted something quick and simple. Being a working mom has really put a crimp in my baking style. And just when I was nearly out of time, a Facebook friend posted about a recipe for choco-mallows from the King Arthur Flour website. So there it was. A recipe that delivered the chocolate I was craving and it was already vetted by my friend who’s an avid baker (seriously, she makes a triple batch of cupcakes at the drop of a hat). Oh, and it is beyond simple to make.
It’s a great recipe any time of year, but holidays are always prime time for yummy treats and I know that Valentine’s Day is often a time when people who don’t often cook or bake want to make a special effort to show their love, so this seemed like a good time to share the recipe. Skip the pre-packaged candies and make your own!
If you can put ingredients into a bowl and stir, I promise you can make these. And you don’t even have to turn the oven on, so you don’t even have to worry about burning them! It’s about the easiest dessert there is after opening a box of brownie mix.
You know how you never forget your first? Well, Smitten Kitchen was my first food blog and I instantly fell in love with Deb Perelman’s photos, her recipes, her style of writing, and especially her stories. She only features the best of recipes (including this unbelievable chocolate peanut butter cake that you’ve seen here) and her blog is often one of the first places I turn to when I’m looking for a particular kind of recipe because I know she’s going to deliver.
I was so excited when I found out that Deb was coming out with a cookbook, and three years later, it finally went to print and I had one waiting at my doorstep the day it was released. Imagine my glee when I then found out that she was coming to Boston and giving a talk and signing books at my favorite bookstore. Tickets ran out in two hours, but fanatic that I am, I called the second the store opened and had no problem gettings tickets.
The short talk was interesting, but the real highlight was getting to meet her and tell her what an inspiration she was for me to start my own blog. Even though I had to wait in line for two hours to meet her (and we were in the first third of the line!), it hardly felt like it because of the great conversation with other Smitten Kitchen fans in line (one of whom I later found out was none other than the dedicated SK reader who introduced Deb to the brown hazelnut brown butter cake that I love. Thank you, Rachel!).