|okay, let's try it...|
|holy freaking good!|
|why are there pics of me eating this cake...|
|yes, i've done it again. I am a genius.|
Yummy Nummy Chocolate Rummy Spice Loaf
What a ridiculous name for a cake. I agree. Catchy though, no?
You know what The Man likes? Get your head out of the gutter, we're talking about baked goods here. The Man is INSANE for a combination involving all those spice-cakey spices (ie; cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc) and chocolate. He thinks it's right on. He also loves any baked good in a loaf form. I could take chocolate chip cookie dough, bake it in a loaf pan...he'd be happy. I could probably make a pumpkin pie -- in a loaf pan...he'd be happy. I don't know what it is about the loaf pan, or that combo of cinnamon and chocolate. Me? I like cheddar cheese melted all over pretty much everything, but like I said, we're talking about cakes.
So, for The Man's birthday this year, he wanted some sort of loaf, and not a cake. Also, I was very tired and supa dupa grouchy on his birthday (aren't I a gem?) and wasn't loving the idea of all the extra dishes baking creates. PLUS, I didn't feel like making anything too complicated, which involved using my brain. ALSO, it's moving closer to winter, and I was craving something warm, and festive-ish. So, lazy plus loaf plus warm plus festive equals one INCREDIBLY YUMMY LAZY BOOZY CAKE! HOORAY! I had just made the Christmas cake not too long beforehand, so I still had that dark liquor quality on the brain.
Remember: you're lazy, I'm lazy, and together we can make a fantastic loaf--a loaf so great it is worthy of being brought to peoples' homes when all those exhausting holiday parties start rolling.
LET'S BAKE, LAZY STYLE!
Okay, so you've got a large bowl, a two-cup measuring cup, and a greased loaf pan, right? Oh, and a separate mug or microwave safe container for melting butter.
Prep Time: I didn't time it. I was tired and grouchy. Let me know how long it takes you.
Serves: several people, or only a few once you taste it and realise how moist and irresistable it is.
* Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Dry Ingredients for Large Bowl:1) 1 cup cake & pastry flour (don't whine, just buy a bag. You can store it in the freezer)
2) 1/4 cup oats (not the ones that take 10 minutes to cook)
3) 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
4) 2 tsp baking powder
(tip: I usually use a small sifter when adding baking powder or baking soda--those surprise lumps in your quick breads are GROSS)
5) 1/2 tsp salt
6) 1/4 tsp nutmeg
7) 1 tsp cinnamon
8) pinch cloves (literally, pinch some of the ground stuff between your finger & thumb)
9) 1 cup chocolate chips
Combine it all together.
In your measuring cup:1) 1/2 cup molasses
2) 1/2 cup spiced rum (regular rum is fine too)
3) 1 egg
4) 1 tsp vanilla
*5) 1/2 cup melted butter, in a separate mug or other microwave-safe container
mix all wet ingredients, except butter, together loosely in your measuring cup (I never stir the egg up too much, but enough so it's 'broken')
Make a well in centre of dry ingredients. Add moist ingredients. Add melted butter. Fork together quickly till just blended. Pour into your greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until loaf has slightly separated from sides of pan, and a knife/toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing to a plate or wire rack.
Even I couldn't stop eating this crazy little loaf, and I think the spice/chocolate combo usually is overrated.