November 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie + Homemade Decadence Review

Blogging for Books has definitely helped me increase my cookbook collection, which means I have lots of new recipes to try.  I love spending time on the weekends to bake.  A few weekends ago I pulled out my new cookbook, Homemade Decadence by Joy the Baker, and whipped up her Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie.  Y'all have got to try this recipe.  It is under-baked which means it is gooey and delicious.  

Under-Baked Chocolate Chip Skillet Cake, from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson 
I N G R E D I E N T S 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I also added 1 teaspoon of almond extract)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

-Put a rack in the upper third of the over and preheat the over to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9-inch ovenproof skillet.

-In a medium bow, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

-In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Reduce the speed to low and beat in the egg.  Add the eft yolk, followed by the vanilla (and almond), and beat well.  Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.  Remove the bowl from the mixer, and using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.  Smooth the batter in the prepared pan.

-Bake until the cook is baked on the outside, but still slightly under-cooked in the center, 18 to 20 minus.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with big scoops of ice cream in the center.

-This cookie is best served warm the day it is made but will last, well wrapped and at room temperature, for up to 2 days.  

The Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie isn't the only recipe that caught my eye in Joy's Homemade Decadence.  It is full of recipes that I am dying to try, and it also has great basics such as pie crusts of all types! I was also pleasantly surprised that it is not only dessert recipes.  There were some savory recipes that caught my eye, like the French Onion Quiche!

Homemade Decadence is also beautifully put together! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and there are ton of them.  I am always drawn to cookbooks that have lots of pictures.  I like to see what I am cooking is supposed to turn out like to see if I get close! It is alway especially rewarding when the finished product looks close to the pictures from the cookbook.

Another of my favorite parts of Homemade Decadence, is that there is whole section dedicated to homemade ice cream.  I have a major obsession with ice cream.  It is my happy food.  Homemade Decadence has great ice cream recipes with really interesting flavors including Brown Sugar Cream Cheese, Pumpkin Spice, Blueberry Goat Cheese, and Avocado.  There are also some more traditional flavors like Strawberry Cheesecake and Cookie No-Dough.  

As if this wasn't enough...the cakes in this cookbook are amazing enough to be a cookbook of their own.  I love how Joy includes basics like Three-Layer Yellow Cake and The Classic to allow you to be creative, but also has fun recipes like Maple Orange and Ginger Cream Cheese Cake and S'more Cake.  At the end of the cake section, she includes really helpful tips on how to get your cake out of the pan and how to frost a cake.  I know both of these will be helpful when I try some of her awesome cake recipes.

Trust me, if you buy one cookbook this year, you should buy Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson.  I've loved Joy's blog Joy the Baker for a while, so it was really neat to be able to look through her cookbook.  I highly recommend this cookbook to anybody that loves to bake! It is full of great recipes and resources that will give any baker inspiration.  If you do grab yourself a copy, be sure to try out the Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie.  It was definitely a hit at our house and has already been requested again!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  All opinions and photos are my own. 

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