A Mad Weekend

This weekend was mad in the kitchen. This weekend I baked two dishes and neither. one. had. chocolate.

It is not even a case of rustling up a one person dish for myself like my last post which was exploding chocolate-y goodness. I just did not bake with chocolate, my melts resting comfortably away in their pantry instead of screaming and running amuck like usual. Not that I would know of course ;)

And what is even more astounding that the cookie batch and the mini cakes batch would be perfect for a tea party. You know what else goes well with tea/hot chocolate, oh whoops there I go again, chocolate!

I feel my temperature running high, my head starting to spin – I simply must have been quite delusional as to do this to myself and to my family (who actually sacrilegiously prefer it this way!)

Calm. Breathe. Relax. Eat a Lindor ball. All better :)

Now as I flick through my photos, maybe it is not such an insane idea to have a chocolate-less weekend (once every couple of months of course :P)

I mean, the colours are so light and pretty (the chocolate side argues this is possible with white chocolate)

And the fruit popping out of the cake are so fragrant and cute (chocolate dipped strawberries…)

And the raisins are the most perfect golden against the buttery yellow of the cookie, their chewy to crumby textures so perfectly matched (melted chocolate ganache is the smoothest texture of all)

Wow. Obvious it will be a hard battle, head against heart. I. Can. Do. This.

Or simply bake with chocolate and without together :D
(but chocolate always comes first)

So let us get to these beautiful recipes then shall we and leave my Gollum-style schizophrenia behind (my precious…) because let me be honest, my obsession is beginning to scare me ;)

And I really do not want to end up as a hunched back, skinny twig, balding, luminous eyed freak. Who is rather sweet though when he is Sméagol. I am just saying :)

Anyway on to the recipes being featured today (they should be crushed, removed, given to the dogs…) – please excuse my hyperactive imagination, chocolate is not evil, it is sweet and a little controlling, that is all…

1. Lemon Polenta Golden Raisin Cookies

Wow these were good. And small. And round. And so so cute :D

They were like little sun disks (maybe you could offer them to Horus?) which were buttery, crumby and delicious, offset by the delicious taste of mini golden raisins. I want another one right now :D

And I love using polenta! Do you remember these cookies? These taste a little like them but I prefer this recipe, though those were fantastic. I don’t know why (I have a thing for raisins :D – so biased!)

Anyways, the polenta gave it a little gritty (good gritty) crunchy taste in each bite while the cookie itself was slightly chewy and very soft – a perfect combination :D

I got this delicious recipe off Milk and Cookies, a decadent blog with pictures to die for though unfortunately, I do believe she [Jen] stopped blogging 3 years back :(
At least we can continue her legacy :)

Cut up and almost ready to bake :)

Here are my suggestions and changes to this awesome taste bud thrilling (non-chocolate!) recipe :D

  • I used lemon juice instead of lemon zest (1- 1 1/2 tsp) – add in some lemon or even lime or orange zest as well into the cookie for a citrus-y treat!
  • I increased the polenta to 3/4 cup and decreased flour to 1 cup
  • I used a VERY generous 1/2 cup of raisins (close to 3/4 cup) – greed is good ;)
  • When kneading the dough, be gentle and patient – though the mixture seems crumby I assure you it will come together :)
  • Make the whole batch. Otherwise you will regret it (bringing out my inner Trelawney – I saw it in your teacup!)

And now presenting recipe nombre deux! :P

2. Tropical Citrus Berry Yoghurt Mini Bundt Cakes

A mouthful right? In more ways than one I promise. These cakes are gorgeous because

a)  They are small and small things just make me go ‘awww’

b)  They are soft, light and very very fluffy

c)   They have berries in them – win

d)  They make your house smell like spring while baking (though I am actually in Autumn now…)
e)  The batter is exquisite – do not do what I did and reserve some for ‘tasting and making sure it’s ok’ (can you really beat a brownie batter?)

f)    I. love. the. tanginess. from. yoghurt (works so well with Foodbuzz and their ‘flavour of the month’ – obviously being yoghurt this March)

I got this recipe from the divine A Spicy Perspective blog. Thankfully, I do believe Ms Sommer is still blogging :D

Here are my changes to this yummy cake

  • I made it in mini bundt tins (EEK!) and I loved them in there (TOO CUTE!) – it took 18-20 minutes of baking time :)
  • I used frozen raspberries in the batter since strawberries are in short supply (gasp) but added 1 tsp strawberry essence with the lemon juice – feel free to add any combo of berries!
  • I used orange zest in my cake to get double citrus combo
  • I decreased the flour to 1 3/4 cup while adding in 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • I used Greek yoghurt for it’s gorgeous tang but would definitely try a berry yoghurt next time (cutting the sugar to 1 3/4 cup probably)

    Does that really need icing?

  • I ignored the icing – this cake is so moist it is so independent :D

So go now and enjoy this Mad Hatter Tea Party, only due to the lack of chocolate. I guess after writing this post and fighting my conscience with an imaginary light saber/wand/whatever I want, I truly believe this weekend did deliver some decadent treats!

….

No you don’t.

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  3. Just to let you know I baked the cookies – I called them Jewel Cookies because they look so beautiful with the Craisins in them! I’ve posted photos too and put a link to you but since I’m quite new to this blogging game, I’m not sure if you will be notified. Feel free to use the photo of mt Jewel Cookies.
    Cheers
    Goldenboots

    • They look stunning my friend :D
      I love the post and your awesome slideshow!
      I will be posting tomorrow and in the draft have included a note to you – enjoy :)
      And thank you so much for being so supportive of the recipe!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

      • Thank you, Choc Chip Uru! (Love your name by the way!)
        I’ve had more ‘likes’ for this page than any so far in my blog, thanks to you and your recipe!
        PS Did my link come through to you?

      • My pleasure my friend – I am so happy for you! And yep, the link is working fine but because it was not to this exact post it was not a pingback but that is fine :D
        So excited to see how people reacte to it :)
        And I am glad you enjoyed this recipe my friend – it was truly wonderful to see your pics!

        Cheers
        Choc Chip Uru

      • My pleasure my friend :D
        And for a ping back, simply copy the URL of the actual post you want to give a link to instead of the general blog homepage :)
        That’s it :)

        Cheers
        Choc Chip Uru

  4. Hehe, I love your stories… You especially had me with, “my melts resting comfortably away in their pantry instead of screaming and running amuck like usual…” I’m very intrigued by these polenta cookies. Have never seen something quite like them.

  5. Hello, I’vejustmade the polenta cookies but they are waiting overnight to be baked. Can you feel my impatience? The raw cookie dough tastes good though. I had run out of polenta so used semolina and had no golden raisins (I guess these are our sultanas) so I’ve used Craisins which are cranberry raisins. I’ll let you know how they turn out! Thank you for a delightful blog!

    • This is awesome news :D
      I love your substitutions and craisins are one of the best snacks ever! And I feel for you, the waiting is the worst!!!
      But the result worth it :D
      I can’t wait to see how they turn out – if you send me a picture, I will be more than happy to post it up in my next blog post :)
      Enjoy!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I like both mini or large Bundts, but either way this dessert is a beauty! Looks delicious and since I don bake dessert often, I’m envious you made more than just one kinds!

    • Thank you so much – I too love Bundt shape in general!
      Aww my friend don’t be jealous – just grab that sugar and start producing delicious treats – if anyone can it is you :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  7. Veronica says:

    I love the sound of those polenta cookies and love how both baked goods came out with the lovliest light golden color. So pretty! Who needs chocolate when you can have delicious treats like this???

    • Thank you :D
      The golden colour is why I associate both with tea parties in spring ;)
      And although it is hard for me to admit this but it is true – who needs chocolate – wow I actually said it :P

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  8. OMGoodness Girl! Now I need to run (not walk) out and get one of those mini bundt pans!!! They are so pretty and delicious looking…and the yogurt…sigh, lovely…your writing is tons of fun. I love the reference to my precious…makes me giggle every time I hear it..makes my eyes go big and my hands start to quiver. Also…finally figured out my posting problem…it was the browser I was using! AHA!

    • Haha I bet you do ;)
      Thank you so much for so many compliments *blushes tomato red*
      And I am not liking where this quivering is going :P
      And I am so happy you have my friend :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  9. I, for one, am glad you’ve left off chocolate… if only because of the cravings and anguish you’ve given me.. longing to have a bite of your creations;) Having said that.. these are sooo pretty and springy and lovely too!! And I’d love to have these on my ktichen counter as well!!

  10. How are you feeling today? Any palpitations from the chocolate withdrawal? LOL
    Both your cookie and little cakes would be adorable for a tea party. So moist and yummy I don’t even think I would miss the chocolate or would I? No worries I know next week you will have more chocolate goodness on the way. Take Care, BAM

    • Actually Doctor I did feel a little drowsy but the Lindor fixed it ;)
      I definitely did not miss chocolate (for a little while) after eating these desserts so I hope you enjoy them :D
      And definitely no worried since time is coming for a very big chocolatey cheesecake dessert soon… I have said too much ;)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  11. Courtney says:

    Hah! I’m a little bit of a chocoholic myself… it’s hard to gear up to make a dessert that doesn’t have it – because it is so necessary. I hope you get back on the chocolate train again soon – though both of these look very good (even without chocolate).

    • Good to know I have yet another chocolate fantastic friend :D
      And I am glad you enjoyed these :) – but I promise a lot of chocolate-y goodness coming up no joke I promise :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you very much – I am glad you enjoyed both mini desserts my friend :D
      And I too wished I was having a real tea party because these are made to go with dainty china ;)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  12. Ramona says:

    You have outdone yourself my dear friend!! Two lovely recipes and both are stunning. I have never tried polenta… especially in baked goods. What a great idea. Now the mini bundts make me just want to jump through the screen and eat one. I love your little bundt pan too. :) What a wonderfully “mad” weekend indeed!!

    • Thank you so much :D
      I am very happy you enjoyed :)
      Polenta is much recommended – just reduce flour and add it into anything! And I am glad you are also a mini pan addict ;)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  13. I should probably attempt some ‘chocolate’ free weekends too hehe because these cookies and sweets look just as delicious as the ones with chocolate :D
    And i always manage to convince myself that recipes without chocolate are technically healthy e.g. nuts and dried fruit is still fruit to me :P

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you that is actually a big compliment for me :D
      Choc dishes are just so… Perfect ;)
      But these are just as good :)
      And I always do the same as well! Dried fruit = key word = fruit :P
      Enjoy!!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  14. Holy nom nom. Check you out showing off your skills, lol. You made me laugh too with the calm down, eat a Lindor ball. I LOVE those, yum.

    Have you ever made Malt Loaf? Looks like you’d be good at it. I love malt loaf too.

    Just a FYI.. I’m on my iMac at the moment so I can view your website properly but I do a lot of commenting from my iPad at night in bed (lol) and for some unknown reason, your blog doesn’t render properly on it. I can’t read anything :( Just thought you should know.

    • Haha thank you so much – I am glad you enjoyed both the recipe and the post :)
      And a malt loaf? I want I want!!! Remind me I want :D

      And thanks for the tip – that is very weird as it comes up fine on mine – do you have cookies accepted on your iPad in safari settings? Also you can press view site normally at the bottom of the page because it comes fine on mine :S
      Hope it works out :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  15. LOL! Your obsession with chocolate is amazing!! I love it!

    In the meantime you made some gorgeous subs for your chocolate-less weekend! The mini bundt cakes are just beautiful & I’m loving the idea of polenta cookies! Might just have to try that one out myself! :)

    • Haha thank you – it is totally a positive :D
      I am so glad you enjoyed these mini desserts – thank you :D
      And I promise you will enjoy them on trying them!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  16. Eliot says:

    I have some mini-bundt pans languishing in the cupboards that are screaming to be used for these little cakes! (I have an aversion to raisins so I will pass on the cookies even thought they look delicious!)

    • You bet they are! They are my new favourite item :D
      And if you still want to try the cookies – I promise nuts or chocolate or any other dried fruit would be just as perfect :)
      Enjoy!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  17. Heather says:

    Come here, let me feel your forehead – are you feeling okay, no chocolate! Crazy Girl :)

    I love how you described the Polenta Cookies as little Discs of Sunshine – you have me craving both of these with my cup of green tea this morning – I can almost taste them through my screen!

    • Yes Dr thank you for diagnosing ;)
      With a cup of green tea? Good thing I at least have some cookies left because that is the perfect combo – thank you my friend, and thrilled you enjoyed them so much :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you :D
      And I got them at a specialty houseware shop but I am sure you can buy them on amazon or online – just type in mini bundt tins and happy shopping!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  18. Polenta is such a joy to bake with – I love the colour, texture and flavour. Both these recipes look delicious, although if I had to choose I’d probably reach for the cookies first :-)

  19. this is mine!!! mine!!! oh my… when i watched it the first time, I got so freaked out by it!! xD but these cakes are a beaute! seriously! I’d try to keep my paws off the screen!

  20. Epicurea says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog and funny that we both had some crazy weekends producing sweets :-). especially those mini-bunt cakes look soooo adorable (why is it that we coo over everything small?) and i didn’t even know that you could make cakes with polenta, definitely worth giving it a try!

    • My pleasure I really enjoyed it – especially the coincidence :D
      And thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed the cute lil desserts (awww)
      The cookies are actually made of polent but you can of course make cakes too – have fun :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  21. My dear CCU, I wish you could see my huge smile and hear my continuous laughter when I read your blog posts. You are so clever with words and ideas. Both recipes seems scrumptious. The first looks like a version of a shortbread cookie and if it’s crumbly, it’s even more like shortbread. The second may lead me astray because of the Greek yogurt. What brands of Greek yogurt do you have available? My very favorite is Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt. Thank you again for your wisdom and humor. Always a pleasure to read you.

    • Thank you so much my friend – you always make me feel so good and brighten up my day :D
      The cookies are certainly like shortbread, crumby soft and yummy :D
      The Greek yoghurt I use is ‘Chris’s Traditional Greek Sty;le Yoghurt’ though I don’t know if that is in the US :S
      Thank you for your support and reading my posts my friend :D
      I appreciate you a lot!

      Cheers
      CCU

  22. Kristina says:

    hahah ok even without the chocolate these look ah-mazing! Love the polenta cookie idea, I’m pretty much obsessed with any kind of lemon dessert right now so these are absolutely perfect for me :) I think it must be that summer’s coming that all of the fruit desserts are looking so good!

    • Thank you :D – if you are a huge lemon lover even increase the lemon to 2 tbs to make it less subtle ;)
      And lucky you – I am heading into the depths of autumn and then winter (mandarin anyone ;))

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  23. Chocolate is certainly not a requirement when it comes to enjoying baked goods! Polenta is an ingredient I need to start working with. Both of these look tasty, so deciding on one would not be an option. Thanks for sharing these links-well done!

    • Haha you are so wise as to have known this much more before I had ;)
      And definitely polenta is to be given a thought in desserts :)
      Thanks my friend – I am very happy you enjoyed both options :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  24. You sure did have a mad weekend!! :) I have to make the Lemon Polenta Golden Raisin Cookies!! Love the combination of all of those ingredients. I have never had polenta in a cookie…love the idea.

  25. Starr says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying cornmeal in cookies. Yours look delicious, and my boyfriend would no doubt love them (he has a strange passion for raisins).

  26. Kimby says:

    First, congratulations on your recent awards — very well deserved! Second, I loved your post on your brother. Sibling relationships are the icing on the cake of life (chocolate, of course.) :) And third, even when you deviate away from your chocolate obsession/passion/undying need (which I can truly relate to…), you come up with delectable, mouthwatering recipes! These two do indeed advertise all of Spring’s merits (even though you’re in Autumn there, as you mentioned.) It’s a pleasure to read your posts!

    • Thank you so much my friend for all your wonderful comments :D
      Your metaphor is lovely and very true – siblings rock!

      And I am thrilled you enjoyed this post so much (even though it was sans chocolate!!!) :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  27. Liz says:

    BOTH look perfect for tea! And I have to take a break from chocolate now and then, too, but the family is always happy when I return to their favorite :)

  28. navane64 says:

    I have been having issues posting comments on your blog for the pass few days. Looks like its solve for I need to log in with wordpress account from now on.

    I am taken in by these cookies you made and they are sure a good change compared to all the choc desserts you have been sharing. You know I am not really into chocs, so I am loving looking at the pics of these cookies here.

    • I appreciate all your efforts so much my friend :D – I emailed you back and replied to your foodbuzz comments so hopefully you received them! Basically I have emailed the wordpress team to ask what is going on since this problem is happening for others as well :S

      Anyway I am so happy you enjoyed this cookies :)
      I agree, change (occassional!) is good and I am sure these would suit a not-so-choccy lover like you – enjoy my friend!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks – I am a goofball :P
      And I am glad you enjoyed the recipes – I promise the battle may have been won but the chocolate war has only just begun… :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  29. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says:

    im in love with the square polenta cookies, they look so dainty! never baked with polenta before.. gotta try it after ur highly recomended post :)

    • Aww thank you :)
      But can I tell you a secret – they were actually meant to be round but I could not get that shape – good to know they look alright though!
      And yep, definitely love me some polenta!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you so so much :D
      And I know, totally must have been a massive lapse in my head ;) :P
      Good to know I am not the only one :)
      And thanks for the foodbuzzing support!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  30. Just Baked says:

    These are so adorable!! I just love mini bundts. While I do love strawberries, raspberries do sound delicious too. And, I love adding yogurt or sour cream to cake batter. I love the tang and the moistness it provides. Yum, absolutely looks delicious! :D

  31. beccysfoodies says:

    even though no chocolate i could still eat them all up!! they look great :)
    ahh the berries would be so good, and so are raisins (i could just eat a bucketful of them :) )
    yum yum yum!

    • Haha that quote fits perfectly ;)
      I am so glad you enjoyed them!!!
      I am not inventive, just manipulative – the real geniuses are those who come up with the initial recipes :D
      Thank you very much :D

      Cheers
      CCU

    • Haha, I thought that might grab anyone ;)
      Thank you my friend, I am glad you enjoyed all this post offers – and yes, get a mini bundt tin for cute bakings sake :D
      Besides my wooden spoon, it is a new favourite!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  32. Paula says:

    When your desserts turn out this great one can do without the chocolate for a day or two! Oops, did I just say *do without chocolate?*

  33. The mini-cakes are adorable. Hard to go wrong with raspberries. Just keep those raisins out of my lemon polenta shortbread! You could put almonds in them, or hazelnuts, or more coconut if you are baking for me.

  34. Love them, both of them. I tend to include chocolate in just about everything but IMHO these are perfect just the way they are. Love the polenta and raisin, oh, and the baby bundt’s are too cute.

    • Haha I know exactly what you mean – I was quite tempted to toss a couple of choc chips in but am glad I didn’t now :D
      And thank you my friend – I am glad you enjoyed them!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

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