Friday, July 29


cakes are just too tasty NOT to bake.
i'm serious.
i don't trust folks who don't F* with treats.
fortunately, me and my peoples most certainly get busy with the baked greats,
and that's no joke.
dark chocolate drips, drops, chips, and chops all seem to keep finding their way
into my mixing bowls lately,
and y'know something?
i'm letting it happen, because chocolate is good for you.
a six year old maple told me that almost a decade ago,
and it holds just as true now as it ever did.
what's on the menu these days?
how about two sizes of chocolate chip brown sugar blondies?
sound good?
i hope so, because that's what's happening over here right now, neighbors.
check the squares-on-squares-type teleport:

with those smaller chips tossed in, and a near-syrupy ganache pollock'd on top.
those right angles are all alright in our book.
the surfaces are knobbly, and the interiors are chewy,
and the chocolate within is delightful-
on the ones,
adding more tasty and delicious flavors to an already tasty and delicious cake
has got to be one of the best decisions we can make.
i'm just sayin'-
too much is the right amount,
and taking it easy has never taken us where we want to go, now has it?
no way, broskimo.
we ride the batter-train to valhalla, and when we get there,
we'll add a few exxxtra ingredients to the mix.
because eleven isn't just some arbitrary number-
it's the more-than-the-most mantra we're focused on
here in the hot hot kitchen of the Folk Life & Liberty Fortress.
wanna make your own?
try this:
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 stick (8T) butterish
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
-cream all of that together, and add-
1 cup of vegan sour cream
2.25 cups a.p. flour
1/3 cup tapioca
1 tsp ea. baking powder & soda
chocolate chips
~3/4 cup non-dairy milk
that's it.
it's thick,
it's sweet,
it's ready to rock your socks off and leave your feet in barefooted territory.
350F for 30.
it's easy.
i drizz'd that chocolate on there at the end,
after the two-sizes cooled a bit....
why two sizes?
because the little cast iron pan that makes tiny squares only makes 16,
and those guys get crispy edges, but they're short, man.
that's a good reason to fire up a bigger, taller batch of blondinis if ever i heard one.
variety is nice, and overabundance is great,
and all at once, a big batch of blocks of double-sized chocolate-covered
chocolate chip-laced, richly moistened cakes is terrific.
we welcome the treats to the party.
in fact,
they ARE the party.
speaking of parties,
me and my kids have been hanging out with awesome intensity,
and it's doing me a whole lot of good.
they're a pair of good children,
and i'm proud of the two of them.
...for real.
i could've gotten stuck with far worse ones,
happily, and fortuitously, (and i'd like to think influentially)
i'm here spanning time, joking around, cooking, eating, playing, and talking
with a tag-team tandem of active participants,
who just happen to represent the future of my own bloodlines.
we're helpful to each other.
at any rate, they're helpful to me, for sure.
this time is important to me,
and while i wish there was a whole lot more of it,
as that IS my infinite nature,
i'm very focused on making sure that the minutes we traverse
make our experiences as a fresh-to-death family last longer in the hallowed
halls of spirit and memory.
i have no words worthy of my honest appreciation for these people.
i guess i'll just have to say it with cake-
awwwwww, man;
never quiet, never soft.....

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