I don't know what set me in such a mood for marble cake... I ended up craving it - mostly visually, to be honest. And the smell of freshly baked something - anything.
It was at the annual MS Walk when the cravings started - might've been the cold [I think any date they'd choose for the walk, even late July or mid August, we'd end up with cold, drizzle, etc - I bet it's the luck of the Walk :)) ]
As I was saying, it must've been the cold, the walk itself (which was awesome, and so was the company!), the snacks they served at the checkpoints, as well as before the walk and after... I can't exactly say what was that triggered the marble cake mania, but it was for real!
So Monday evening, after getting back for work: baking time! Fortunately, it's super easy to make, and doesn't need attention while baking, so this makes it double the treat.
Recipe yields one loaf. Preheat the oven at 325 F.
In a large bowl, add the following, mixing well after each addition:
- 2 large whole eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- pure vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/2 cup whole wheat flour premixed with 2 tsp baking powder
Spoon half the batter into a separate bowl and add
- 1/3 cup unsweetened (sugar free) chocolate, melted
Layer the 2 batters (white and chocolate) alternately into a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Spoon even layers of each batter on top of each other, starting and ending with the white batter. Place the leaf pan carefully in the oven and bake for ~50-55 minutes (until the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean)
The loaf screamed for some company, so brownies 'magically' [not really, I baked them too] appeared, here they are ready to leave home, long day ahead:
(no walnuts though, just plain brownies this time)
Here we are, DS and I, after the MS Walk (this year Earth Day and MS Walk were on the same day!) - have I ever mentioned carnations are my favorite flowers?
And this morning, Tuesday, April 24th, we woke up to this: