Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Did anyone know that hazelnuts are also referred to as 'Filburts'? Just wanted to put that out there for starters. I have never cooked with hazelnuts before, but this rainy and damp weekend seemed like a good first time to try.
I was not aware that hazelnuts need to be blanched before cooking to remove their tough skins. After some googling/trial and error, I found that the best method was to boil 2 cups of water, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda, add the hazelnuts for 3 minutes, and drop them into a bowl of ice water. After this process, the skins came off like a breeze, and I was ready to get started on my coffee cake.


Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee Cake adapted from Bon Appetit

  • ½ cup blanched hazelnuts
  • ouncesbittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar,
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
    • Preheat oven to 350°. Butter 8” square baking pan; set aside. Toss hazelnuts, chocolate, cinnamon, and ¼ cup sugar in a bowl.

    • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and remaining sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients and yogurt, alternating, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. 

    • Pour half of batter into prepared pan and smooth top; top with half of hazelnut mixture. Spoon remaining batter over and smooth top; top with remaining hazelnut mixture. Bake cake until top is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.
    I also added a simple glaze, made with powdered sugar, almond milk, maple syrup and cinnamon. Because I'm fly like that.


    First Fall Sunday

    Finally! The rainy cool weather has returned, the leaves are turning and fall is here. I utilized my lazy Sunday to make one of the easiest bread recipes known to man, to pair with a healthy spaghetti squash bake.


    The most dificult thing about this recipe is trying to reach the flour stowed away in your cupboard. Mix flour with salt, water and yeast. Give it an evenings rest to rise, and you're done! Baking it in a a dutch oven requires little effort and little mess.

    I can't wait to put my own spin on this bread!


    coastal ventures + chowder

    I headed out to the coast this past weekend with some visitors from the faraway mitten. Below are some snaps from the trip!

    Lastly, a Pacific coast inspired chowder with potato, corn, leek, tomato, basil and cod. Hooray for fall!


    Philly Nomad

    Recently, I ventured off to Philadelphia, PA for a conference aimed at folks working in law school admissions (that's me!). It was an absolute blast and I met a lot of great people from across the country. I had ample time to explore the city each day, which was chock full of cobblestone and brooding architecture, vibrant colors, great food and a number of statue/fountains bordering on overkill. I also had a long awaited reunion with Founders and Bells beer, which was also a nice treat!
    Below are some pics from tramping around town. Enjoy!
    Society Hill

    I guess you could say I have a thing for graveyards...

    The best cannoli - hand piped by an (assumably) Italian lady as I waited in anticipation!!
    Um, yep. Blue Belly Bbq. Go there.

    I need one of these.

    No. Just no.
    City Hall. Lookin' dark and pist.

    Rocky n Me.

    ~The Thinker~

    Chinatown for a bubble tea and Sanrio purchase.
    Art Museum

    Dinner at City Tavern!
    So Colonial!
    Stuck in the Liberty Bell.
    Lastly, ran into my dude Ghandi.






    On My Travels

    I recently peeled out from Portland and took a long awaited roadtrip down the coast of California. Here are a few snaps from the trip! Patricks Point < SF < Big Sur. 

    Patricks Point, CA


    Hey, a car ride that long will make anyone look this rough...

    Elk along the roadside
    Banana slugs abound

    Agate Beach


    Nate taking camp coffee to the next level with his Aeropress

    Burritos in SF

    Toronado taproom in SF

    Morning joe at Ritual Roasters in SF


    Mikkeller Bar in SF.

    Rosamunde Sausage Grill. Fig and duck sausages were a spiritual moment.

    Tartine Bakery. A million little layers.

    Big Sur, CA

    Elephant seal battles!

    Secret waterfall!

    Our little friends

    Sand Dollar Beach, CA


    Rock collection.


    Farewell to paradise! Until we meet again.