Marble Loaf

This is a simple, tasty snack which can be jazzed up by adding some ice cream on the side.  I like it with a cup of hot tea or strong coffee. My sister sifts confectioners sugar and cocoa powder over her slice.

Make the chocolate syrup first:
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil (NOT olive oil)

Now make the batter:
1-1/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup (12 Tbsp.) softened, unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a loaf pan. Take out all the ingredients and set on the counter to come to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes while your oven preheats.

Into a medium sized bowl, whisk together the syrup ingredients and set aside.

Into a large bowl, using a blender or you can even use a food processor, cream the sugar and butter for about 1 minute, add the eggs and vanilla, then add the dry ingredients and blend for about 1 minutes. Add the milk and blend well. Scoop out 1 cup of this batter and whisk into the chocolate batter, then spread the rest of this yellow batter into the loaf pan. Now plop the chocolate batter on top. Using a butter knife inserted into the batter, swirl the knife around.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes; reduce temp to 325 and bake 30-40 minutes more, or until a knife inserted near the middle comes out with a few crumbs – keep an eye on it. Cool for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges and unmold it onto a plate.

Morning Sunshine Muffins

These are a quick and easy morning muffin.  Serve with jellies, jams, or butter for spreading.

2 extra large eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
9 oz. package of yellow cake mix
7-9 oz. package corn bread/muffin mix

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 12-muffin pan; make sure to grease all around the top portion of it too so if the muffins expand over the top (and they will) they won’t stick.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, water, milk and oil. Stir in the 2 mixes and mix well. Fill the muffin tins and place in your preheated oven. Bake muffins about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached.

Immediately turn pan over onto a cooling rack, set them right side up and serve. They are really toasted, but wait until they have cooled off before you place them in a toaster oven.