lots of exciting things to talk about today friends. snow! the 2018 tasty seasons calendar! maple pecan chocolate chip snack cake!
let’s start with the fun surprise falling from the sky yesterday when i looked out the window. that’s right, pretty white snowflakes! i love snow and winter and always treat the first snowfall as if i’m a school aged kid and it’s a snow day worthy snowfall. which this was not.
but it was still pretty and happened, both of which were exciting. and the nice thing about living in maine? nobody else cared. we didn’t do the whole PANICIT’SSNOWING! thing that some places get excited about. so that’s nice.
next up: the 2018 tasty seasons calendar! it’s here, it’s here! and i do mean “it”. as in, just one. i wanted to do a test print to make sure it looks nice for y’all before ordering a bunch and it does. hooray! now all i need to do is finish (uh, read: start) updating the website to be able to take orders and securely process credit card payments. that will be ready by thursday (she says confidently, based on a general understanding of what needs to happen to make this true), and then we can start preorders! hooray!
i’m going to open the site to start taking preorders later this week and then will start shipping calendars in early december, for all of your holiday gifting needs. and don’t worry, there will be a whole page devoted to the calendar, with lots of pictures and details, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting, should you be so inclined. in the meantime though, you’ll just have to take my word for it that it’s pretty. allllmost as pretty as a snowflake, which is saying something.
alright, finally, our ostensible purpose here: maple pecan chocolate chip snack cake. it’s a mouthful, both the name and the cake (sorry; apparently terrible puns come out when i’m writing tired. i shan’t make it a habit.).
ok, here’s a thing i learned while testing versions of this snack cake: it’s not just walnuts that i don’t like in baked goods; it’s any nuts.
i always thought that i just didn’t like walnuts that much and so sort of resented how they are the default nut to add to brownies, quick breads, etc. i figured that if we just all agreed to use pecans, i’d be a happier camper (since pecans are generally delicious).
so naturally when making this cake, i used pecans when i decided to add nuts (also i was using pecan butter, so…). yep. turns out i just like my cakes and brownies nut-free, please and thank you.
well, pieces-of-nut-free, that is. because i’m definitely all about the pecan butter. we used it in the blueberry oat pecan crumble bars over the summer and now we’re doing it again. because it’s delicious. AND it adds pecan flavor (which i LOVE paired with maple syrup) WITHOUT having to mess up the cake with actual pieces of pecans.
because it turns out i don’t like those (in case you couldn’t tell…). now, of course, if you don’t share my weird no-nuts-in-baked-goods thing, feel free to add the pecans! i’m sure you’ll love them. heck, in a different version of the universe, i love them. but in this version of the universe? meh, not so much.
whichever version of the maple pecan chocolate chip snack cake you make though, it will be delicious. and if you have any thanksgiving guests who eat a gluten free and/or dairy free diet, this snack cake is perfect, as it doesn’t contain either of those things! and for folks who do eat those things, did i mention the maple and the chocolate chips? see, something (or the lack of something) for everyone! (please note that this little guy serves 4 – 6, so if “everyone” is more than 4ish people, you may want to scale the recipe up!)