“Blaise the Baker IN AFRICA”! So grateful and thankful to my friend Karen for spreading the word on Blaise the Baker – even in AFRICA! Absolutely love this!
Yesterday I made – perhaps – the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had – not counting my own of course Ha! – so I decided that I HAD to share the recipe with you all. The recipe comes straight from the Queen herself – Martha Stewart. The story goes, her daughter Alexis, didn’t like her Mom’s chocolate chip cookies – thought they needed more brown sugar. Martha went into the kitchen and developed these. Fabulous! You can Google these for Martha’s original recipe. The recipe that follows has my additions – or subtractions – from the original. My recipe fits my taste buds. Extra pure vanilla extract, longer bake time, etc.
1 pound (4 4oz sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup white granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, coated in 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour
Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. For these – only three cookies will fit on your typical baking sheet – so you may need to work in batches.
In a large bowl cream together the soft unsalted butter, light brown sugar and white granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture.
Beat in the large eggs. Add pure vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Combine.
Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour.
Fold in the prepared chocolate chips.
Drop dough equal to the size of three tablespoons into 3 piles on the prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for exactly 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
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I love the flavor combinations of rocky road and I love chocolate bark – so what could be better than combinding them together? The fabulous part about this recipe – aside from the fabulous results – is that the recipe can literally be transformed into millions of different flavor combinations! I use semi-sweet chocolate for the base but feel free to use bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate or even a combination of chocolates all swirled together. Also top with anything your heart desires. Crushed up potato chips, crushed peppermint candies, dried fruit, candy sprinkles – ANYTHING!
How fabulous is that!?
Rocky Road Bark
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
2 cups chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place on top a sheet of parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high power 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth and glossy.
Carefully pour the melted chocolate directly in the center of the parchment paper. Using the back side of a spoon spread the melted chocolate out into a rectangle about the size of 12 inches by 18 inches. You want the chocolate thin enough to snap when cooled but not too thin as to break when loading on the topping. Be careful not to make the chocolate too thick either or it will not form traditional bark.
Once the chocolate is formed sprinkle on the lightly toasted walnuts, mini marshmallows and the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
In a microwave safe bowl combine the white chocolate chips with the solid vegetable shortening. Microwave on high power 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the white chocolate is melted and smooth and glossy.
Take a spoon and drizzle the melted white chocolate over the entire surface of the bark. Use whatever pattern you desire but I think that a single line back and forth across horizontally looks the best.
You may not use all of the white chocolate.
Place into the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Remove and carefully break the bark up into pieces. Store at room temperature.
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COOKBOOK REMINDER: My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is available to purchase at Carousel Flowers and Gifts in Shirley, Indiana! Limited supply – so make sure and stop in and get yours TODAY! Shoutout and special thanks to Janice Jessop Burton for giving me this opportunity!
My cookbook is once again back in stock at “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana! Stop by 1325 G. Ave. and pick up your copy TODAY! Call ahead at 765-521-2188. All copies available to purchase outside of my personal address are pre-autographed with my signature as well as Grandma Barbra’s and Grandma Deloris’.
You can also stop by Glen Oaks Health Campus in New Castle, Indiana – room 112 to buy your copy from my Grandma Deloris. She loves seeing everyone and selling them for me. She’s a good business woman! Ha! Stop in and chat awhile…
You can also order my cookbook directly through me by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook / $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay online through http://paypal.com Use the email email@example.com when sending money. If ordering 4 or more cookbooks – shipping and handling is FREE!
Message me, text me, call me, email me for any further questions. I would be happy to send invoice also for preorders, etc.
Thank you all again for the dedication and support!
Thank you all so much for the orders for the second printing of my cookbook! This makes me so happy!!! If you’ve sent me a check I will have them all cleared by tomorrow evening. If I have sent you an invoice and you have any questions please let me know. Also be aware that you can purchase my cookbook at “Carousel Flowers and Gifts” in Shirley, Indiana and “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana. Stay tuned for more locations to carry my cookbook – so exciting! If you would like to order directly from me – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman – Box 47 – Kennard, IN 47351. If you order FOUR OR MORE the shipping and handling is free! You can also request I send you an invoice through http://paypal.com or just send me a payment there at the email firstname.lastname@example.org As always – contact me with questions and thank you all so much for the dedication and support!!!
Guess what!? My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is once again back in stock at “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana! Stop by 1325 G. Ave. and pick up your copy TODAY! Call ahead at 765-521-2188. All copies available to purchase outside of my personal address are pre-autographed with my signature as well as Grandma Barbra’s and Grandma Deloris’. Thank you all again for the dedication and support!
Anyone ever had these!? Delicious!
“Pretzel Candy Buttons”
Place dark salted round pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place a HERSHEY’S KISS in the middle. Bake at 275 degree F. for 3 minutes. Remove and place a M&M’s candy in the center. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Remove and enjoy!
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Getting the orders ready! Thank you all so much for the continued dedication and support – means everything to me!
I’ve been stamping Grandma Deloris’ name on her recipe – page 5. She really wanted to autograph them all but she’s weak and her stamina is not the best – so I had a stamp made. She loves that she’s been a part of this journey with me!
Grandma Barbra has been signing boxes and boxes and boxes of books – and not complaining one bit! She wrote the foreword for my cookbook and loves signing the page that has her printed words. Such a special moment. Said she can’t believe she’s doing this ROUND TWO! Hahaha
To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email email@example.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.
Guess what!? The second printing of my cookbook just arrived!!! I’m so excited about this! For those who have preordered – your orders will ship before Saturday. THANK YOU ALL for your dedication and support. Just a little over 6 months ago my cookbook came out – and the first supplies are gone already! I’m so thankful. Here we go for ROUND TWO! To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email firstname.lastname@example.org when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.
TODAY IS THE DAY!!! My “Blaise the Baker” baked goods will be featured at “The First Annual Henry County Church Chili Cook Off” at the Memorial Wesleyan Church from 5pm-7pm. Tickets are $5 and the proceeds are going to help send their missions group to Belize! Stop by for the chili cook off – bid on my desserts – and have a great time! What kind of desserts will be there!? I’ll be making my Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownie Truffles, Old-Fashioned Vanilla Fudge, Lunch Lady Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Coated Potato Chips, Gooey Butter Cakes and Peanut Butter Pies! Hope to see you all there!!! There will also be an opportunity for you to buy my cookbook! For more information contact Jill or myself!