Midnight Chocolatefest

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Hobo dance parties. Something you’ll probably only see in Berkeley. Last night around 8PM a wave of lound, upbeat music floated in the window. A quick peek outside confirmed the hobo dance party. Complete with strobe lights and howling beagles. What a lovely way to spend an evening.

But alas, I was not brave enough to go outside and join the homeless merrymakers. Instead my roommate and I wandered to the kitchen to bake Banana Pineapple Bread. And dip chocolate strawberries. By the time we were done it was nearing 10PM. We decided to take some of our creations to our friendly upstairs neighbors. Surprise! We have mutual friends! (And not just the Facebook kind.) So we all consumed cupcakes and strawberries.

The bread is made mostly of fruit…so it’s healthy right?

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Banana Pineapple Bread

1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon (I used an Asian 5-spice powder)

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup apple sauce

2 Tbsp oil

1 cup crushed pineapple

2 cups mashed bananas (4 medium bananas)

2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk together eggs and sugar.

Add applesauce, pineapples, bananas.

Mix in vanilla.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined.

Makes 12 cupcakes and an 8″ round.

Burn your fingertips pulling hot muffins out of the pan because they smell so good and you want to eat them NOW.

Or serve with homemade cherry jam. Yum.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Milk chocolate chips

Shortening (optional-1Tbsp per cup of chocolate)*

Long stem strawberries

Melt chocolate chips and shortening (if using) in  a bowl over a pot of boiling water. (Call this a bain marie or water bath or double boiler.)

Dip strawberries in melted chocolate.

Set on an aluminum lined baking sheet to set.

*Adding shortening to the chocolate will lead to a softer set and prevent the chocolate from cracking off of the strawberry when you take a bite.

Dip muffins, bread, pineapple, anything you happen to have handy in leftover chocolate.

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Ah the wonders of midterm season.

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