loaf-ing around

Hello everyone in tumblr-land, it’s A, the other half of this enterprise. J has gone on baking/ blogging hiatus until Thanksgiving, so I’ll be your not-so-celebrity guest blogger.

My first post will be about marble loaf.  What is there not to love about the word loaf? A loaf of bread, a loaf of cake, even meatloaf. Or use it as a verb! Loafing is my favorite pastime.

One baked good that I have always enjoyed is marble cake. I even love the bad boxed marble cake mix you can buy at the store. I just love the combo of chocolate and vanilla. When I need a quick fix, I’ll even get a slice of marble loaf at Starbucks, which J says is gross.

Having a vast baking pantry allows for last-minute baking decisions. These days, we often just need one or two ingredients to complete a complex recipe, but in the case of a simple marble loaf, I didn’t need anything. I was not entirely satisfied with the recipe— I want to try Martha Stewart’s next time, but that requires buttermilk, which I did not have at home. This version was from Food and Wine magazine.

The beginnings of the chocolate half of the batter began with a combination of melted butter and Dutch-process cocoa powder.

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What I liked about this recipe is that it called for the mixing to be done in a food processor, thus giving me the chance to try out the awesome Cuisinart food processor that J’s parents gave me for Christmas last year.

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Once the batters are done, you layer them, one on top of the other, in the loaf pan.

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Take a butter knife and swirl that craziness around!

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In the middle, I was supposed to lower the oven temp, so while I did that, I took out the half-baked loaf to check it out:

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While we waited, Ali participated in her favorite contribution to our baking: loafing, as only a cat can do:

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Ding! Loaf’s done! I thought the top got over baked, but J liked the crispy top.

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Marble swirly goodness! It was great straight out of the oven, and lovely the next morning. Next time, Martha Stewart’s recipe, just to see which one I like better.

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