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Like most of us who work in office settings, food is pretty much always a given. Either a party is taking place, someone had a party at their house over the weekend and wants to get rid of it, someone brings something in ‘just because’ or a host of many other reasons. Bring it to work and it will disappear.

Alan’s place of work has what has been ‘Chocolate Fridays’ for years now during the summer. What does this consist of? Well every Friday during the summer someone volunteers to bring, bake something for the staff and student workers. When the sign up sheet went around earlier this season,  Alan asked me if I would want to bake something. Of course I said yes, I love to bake!!!  So today is Alan’s Chocolate Friday….and last night I spend making a few items for him to take.

The first up: Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes.

I made enough for him to take as well a treat for my immediate coworkers. I will say that my coworkers and myself have already eaten ours and they are DELISH!!!! If you love Nutella, then I would highly recommend making these.

Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes (makes approx 15-20)

  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter until softened and smooth. Add sugar and beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each until well combined.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In a separate small bowl, combine milk and vanilla.

Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to butter and sugar and mix until combined. Add about 1/2 of wet ingredients to mixture and mix until combined. Continue alternating dry and wet, mixing in between (finish with the remaining dry ingredients).

Fill cupcake tins about 1/2 full (don’t overfill – you only need 1/2) and bake for around 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. They will come out flat.

Nutella Buttercream

  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 1 C Nutella
  • 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 T milk

Beat butter until smooth. Add Nutella and beat together until thoroughly combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.

Next up on the baking agenda was Lattice-Topped Blueberry Pie. I’ve made quite a few pies over the years, but I have never made a Blueberry Pie, especially not one with Lattice Topping. So it was an adventure. Not difficult, but I wanted it to look great, so I took a  lot of time. It smelled absolutely wonderful while cooking and I am hoping that all of Alan’s co-workers enjoy it this afternoon.

Lattice-Topped Blueberry Pie

from Bon Appétit Desserts

32 oz. frozen blueberries or regular blueberries (unthawed) or 7 cups fresh blueberries
1 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated lemon peel

Combine blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and peel in heavy large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and bubbles, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Continue to cook 1 minute longer, stirring constantly. Cool until warm.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll out 1 pie dough ball on lightly floured surface to 12″ round. Transfer to 9″ glass pie plate and trim overhang to 1″. Spoon filling into the crus. Roll out remaining dough to 13″x10″ rectangle. Cut into 3/4″-wide strips. Arrange half of dough strips atop filling, spacing evenly. Arrange remaining dough strips at right angle atop first strips, weaving if desired, to form lattice. Brush crust edge with cream and press strips to adhere. Fold edge of crust up over strips, pressing gently to seal. Brush lattice edges lightly with cream.

Place pie on baking sheet. Bake until crust is golden, about 1 hour. Cool pie on rack at least 1 hour.

Note: Last night I used Pillsbury Pie Cruse that you can find in the grocery store (had I had the time  I more than likely would have made my own.)

Here is what is looks like….YUMMY

So if by chance you are thinking of baking this weekend, try one of these….I can certainly vouch for the cupcakes, you won’t be disappointed and the pie really looked divine.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

-Jessica

Photo credit: Me

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