Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oatmeal Maple Chocolate Chip Cakes with Caramel Glaze

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Do I have a simple delicious recipe to share with you!!
These are so good!!  I mean you have maple, chocolate chips and a caramel glaze... can it get any better?  Oh yes, we have oatmeal to make it healthy, well, a little healthy!!
You will notice there is no leavening agents in the recipe, which gives us a beautiful dense cake.  Chock full of chocolate chips, walnuts and all smothered with that heavenly caramel glaze -PERFECT!  Their individual cakes, so you really don't have to share, and you can have two pieces and not feel guilty!! Well, at least that is what I tell myself...
The Bella Spiral Cake maker was a joy to work with.  This was the first time I used it even though I had bought it a while back.  Trust me, this won't be the last time I use it.  This is the exact same model (color too) that I have; HERE.
I chose to use my maker for this recipe, but you can certainly just make it using a 9 x 9 pan, and then top with the caramel glaze.


 
 
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;

Ingredients:
 

Cake:
3/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup very hot (not boiling) water
1/2 cup maple syrup (I used dark amber real maple syrup)
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Caramel Glaze:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup heavy cream (can substitute half & half)
1 tsp vanilla extract


Directions:
Add oatmeal to 1 cup of very hot water, let it steep for 5 minutes.

 
 
In a medium bowl, add your liquid ingredients.  Add in your soaked oats and mix well.
 
 

Let's add in our dry ingredients now.  Mix well. 
 

Fold in your chocolate chips and finely chopped walnuts.  Using a 1/3 cup measure, add your batter to the baby Bella maker, and cook for 11-13 minutes, check for doneness by using a toothpick or cake tester.  If you are going to bake using a 9 x 9 pan, bake for 20 - 25 minutes, again checking for doneness.
 
 
 

Place on plate and keep warm.  Let's starts on our decadent caramel glaze.

Caramel Glaze:
In a small saucepan, melt your butter.  Whisk in your brown sugar and cream.  Continue whisking until the glaze starts bubbleing.  Remove from heat, add in your vanilla.  Spoon hot caramel glaze over warm cakes.



For a special treat, serve with vanilla ice cream drizzled with more caramel glaze... or our favorite, a nice cold glass of milk!!


I know...
 

Grab your fork... 


Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

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