Sunday’s With Joy : Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

Snack Attack, Sweet Treats, Taking The Cake

 Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

Cake.

It’s a magical thing. Some how it’s able to celebrate, cure, be delicious, be a good friend and do it all looking oh-so-sassy!!

I need this cake today, I feel like I need cake every day – and if I could, trust me, I would. But today’s different, I need a slice ( or two). It’s been a rough week. Work has been nuts, after hours I’m meeting with potential clients, filling orders, planning a wedding, recipe testing and all in that mix, I manage to get some sleep.

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Speaking of sleep … you know that person you see every single morning sleeping on the train – – that’s me. Two things, first – you know I’m the sleeping lady … DO NOT sit next to me if you plan on talking on your cell phone at 6:45 am. Who’s up and needs to chat every.single.day at 6:45?! Second, thank you kind people who gently tap me when we get to my stop … I love you. And if possible, I would share this cake with you. You deserve a slice or two.

And so, my plans for this weekend … nada!! I want to kick back, do nothing at all and eat cake. Will it happen? –  Doubtful … but I’ll try my best. Let’s start with the cake :)

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Joy did her funky magic and added tea to cake. Remember when I did that to muffins? And then I did it again? Joy is cooler, she made petite cakes and then dunked them in frosting … her’s are pretty … delicate and delicious looking. Buy her book, make her cakes, and you’ll see.  I took her idea and did my funky magic.

I added earl grey instead of chamomile, skipped the honey frosting but added some extra butter – brown sugar – pineapple and cherries. It’s a beast of beauty. One that I will get to know at least once ( maybe twice … or thrice ..) this weekend.

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Adjustments:

Earl grey tea used.

Didn’t make, or add the frosting.

Additions:

1/4 Cup Butter

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Slices of Fresh Pineapple, cut into 1/4 segments

15 cherries ( or enough to make a pretty circle)

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Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour into cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter. Arrange your pineapple and cherries in a pretty pattern. Cake – it should be simple, and pretty.

The rest, was all Joy.

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Enjoy darlings, have a great weekend … eat some cake … be merry… make magic <3

Double Chocolate Chip Nutella Guinness Bread

Bread fixes everything, Breakfast of Champions, Snack Attack, Sweet Treats

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Chocolate + Booze + the weekend.

This is my kinda paaarr-taaayy!!

Cheers to the weekend sweethearts …

After a long week of hustling through the rat race … all a girl wants to do is get reacquainted with some chocolate – a splash ( or two ) of alcohol doesn’t hurt and carbs make it all better.

Technically, I need this bread in my life. I don’t even know if I can call it a bread to be honest, it’s quite cake-like. But, I’m of course thinking ahead … if I call it bread, and due to the fact that I added oats … it’s TOTALLY breakfast food …. or something like that. Can I convince you it’s healthy ? pushing it? – sorry.

But breakfast, that works!! Oh yess …. chocolate and booze before 9:00 am. We got a deal :)

I originally made this bread for St. Patty’s day … and then I had to make it twice since. Can I let you in on a little secret ? – Papa LTSL is like a chocolate Hoover Vacuum … he sniffs it out, and consumes it in the blink of an eye. Truth is, I love that man – – I suggest I keep him around for a while.

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My dad and I we have a pretty good thing going, I bake … experiment to my hearts desire and he eats. Even the unsuccessful recipes, he’ll at least try. I remember when I was a lot younger, I burnt scrambled eggs ( yes it’s possible … stop laughing) and he ate every bit of it. I’m sure it was the most disgusting thing ever … but he did. If that doesn’t qualify for him to be my superhero … I don’t know what will.

So, shall we get a slice on what all the jazz is about? – Let’s bake!!

Double Chocolate Chip Nutella Guinness Bread

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2 1/4 Cups Flour

1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

4 Tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Cup Quick Oats + 1 Tbsp ( keep separate)

2/3 Cups Brown Sugar

1 1/2 Cups Dark Guinness

1/4 Cup Nutella

1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc – prepare loaf pan.

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In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, 1/4 cup of oats and brown sugar.

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In a small bowl, whisk together Guinness and Nutella.

Add your Guinness mixture to your dry ingredients. Mix well.

Add both kinds of chocolate chips. Fill prepared pan, top with 1 tbsp Oats and bake for 45 minuets.

Allow to cool and enjoy!!

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Have a fantastic weekend Ladies and Gents – – stay sweet

xox