Katie: I was in the mood to bake this week, and I ended up making two very different desserts: Sweet Potato Cookies and Red Wine Chocolate Cake!
While making roasted sweet potatoes for dinner, I ended up having an extra sweet potato which I decided to bake. This recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal Cookies from Skinnytaste looked really good, so I pureed the sweet potato and substituted it for the canned pumpkin in the recipe. I also toasted the oats in a pan to enhance their flavor and added chocolate chips. These cookies turned out well and were a yummy, yet fairly healthy, treat!
For my second dessert, I turned to something much more decadent. When I saw this recipe for Red Wine Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen, I was definitely smitten. I was intrigued to see what chocolate cake with 3/4 cup red wine would taste like. I prepared the recipe as written, but didn’t make the whipped mascarpone topping, since I didn’t have those ingredients. I ended up baking it for 30 minutes, just until it was set. I almost had a cake disaster trying to flip it over, but I was able to hide most of its scars with some powdered sugar. This cake tasted great! It was rich and moist. The wine was subtly noticeable and complimented the chocolatey flavor well.