Before I begin- I realized that I never shared anything about my friends in the "About Me" section of this blog. I actually have two best friends, Paulina and Stephanie, who I have been friends with since I was 14 years old (or for the past 12 years). They are like sisters to me and I could not imagine my life without them. With that tangent, I have one more- Paulina recently got engaged (and I realized that I never shared the news)!
Stephanie recently visited my blog and asked that I make something with banana and chocolate becuase she really enjoys that combination (hence the name). One day on Pinterest I saw a recipe for banana and nutella cookies and thought I would try them out for Stephanie. I am not a huge fan of banana in food (though I do enjoy some banana bread). These cookies were similar to cicular pieces of banana bread than cookies. The hubster who liked banana really enjoyed them, and so I thought my reservations are probably due to the fact that they "banana-ey." But be forwarned- on the many things made by For the Love of Dessert- I am not sure this is topping the list.
Fun Fact: baking at room temperature. Some recipes will out right state that ingredients must be at room temperature but most recipes do not. So why room temperature. Well remember when I gave a tip about creaming butter and sugar? Well the creaming process, or sugar aerating the butter cannot occur if the butter is not a room tempertuare. This will allow the mixture to become porous so when adding baking soda/powder, it can fills these pours, helping the baked good to be light and fluffy. In addition, you want your wet ingredients (eggs/milk, etc) to be at room temperature because if they are not, the butter will form little "pellets" and when you bake your goods, they will end up having tons of tiny little holey pockets. Lesson for today- have all your ingredients at room temperature.