The Savory, mostly Sweet Life…

If you don’t know Alice’s blog Savory Sweet Life then you are very much missing out on things. Two years ago when I attended a food bloggers conference here in Seattle I finally met Alice in person. Alice is someone who to me is the real deal. Her genuine warmth shines through when you talk to her. Alice is a busy lady with three children (two of whom I have met and are beyond adorable), runs a blog (a very popular one at that), writes for PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers, and of course wrote herself a cookbook Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion . And yet with all her hectic-ness Alice finds time to make time for others, myself included.

When I found out about her cookbok I hinted about as subtle as I could that when it did come out please send a copy my way. I’m hoping that when the time comes my not so subtle hints to her to come out of retirement from wedding cake making will be well received as well (don’t worry Alice you have a long time before any cake making needs to be done :P ). I’ve been disenchanted with cookbooks as of late (as many of you know) but can say that I love her book as I kind of suspected I would. Her cookbook is divided by life events from Sunday Mornings to Afternoon Tea Parties to Family Game Night. It reflects her love of family and that of food. There are pictures of her family throughout her book that help you get a better sense of just how much her family means to her.

I took the cookbook with me on my little vacation to the beach. I often read cookbooks as if they were chapter books…which in a way they are. The chapters just tend to be soups, salads, entrees, desserts. :) It was fun to go through the book and remind myself that you don’t really need an excuse to do something special for people or to invite them over for a reason. Thursday is a perfectly good reason.

So if I liked the cookbook so much why did I not make something from it? Well I did. I just didn’t photograph it. But at the heart of it all, where it all started, Alice is a food blogger. So I chose to make something from her blog. And give away her cookbook. See my copy was free, but I’m not giving you mine. So I will be nice and give one of you your very own copy (I’m a giveaway fool as of late). All you need to do is leave a comment saying what super power you wished you had. FYI- when people are asking me what cookbook I am recommending these days…this is it.

On to the cobbler. Alice’s version on her blog is a Nutella version but I was having a craving for peanut butter cups something awful so I wanted to see if this would do the trick. It did. This is one of those weird ones where you float liquid on top and kind of shake your head when it all comes out in the end. This ends up being kind of like a giant molten lava cake and is best served warm. But if it gets cold just reheat it up a little.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cobbler

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 TBSP hot cocoa powder (cocoa mix), divided
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
6 TBSP melted unsalted butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1-½ cup hot tap water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons hot cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup of white sugar.

Stir in milk, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Mixture will be thick like the texture of a brownie mix.

Spread mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish with a spatula and even out the batter. I used an 8-8-inch pan and that worked great.

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and remaining cocoa.

Sprinkle mixture evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over everything and do not stir.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is slightly firm but not fluid like liquid. Spoon mixture into small bowls (it’s very rich…a little goes a long way) and serve with a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

Source: Adapted from Savory Sweet


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  1. If I could have any super-power, it would be the ability to tele-port. I’d be able to avoid traffic, travel world-wide, and visit friends and family quickly. But does teleporting count as a super power????

  2. Jefferson Svengsouk says:

    If I had a super power, I would wish to have the ability to fly!

  3. Oh, that just looks too luscious to be legal. I’d say telekinesis would be my choice so I could get multiple things done at a time!

  4. Melissa C. says:

    I wish I had the power to see people’s true intentions and honest thoughts. Sometimes I find myself surprised, although I try so hard to feel and sense and read their minds. Sometimes I feel as if I am a mind reader, and many times I have been duped. Wait… maybe it’s better not to know??

  5. Superpower? I want to be able to teleport. :D Either that, or shoot lightning bolts from my hands. Mwahaha.

  6. Kathleen Martinez says:

    I wish I had a power to make adults stop acting like they were still in high school again. That kind of day at work…ha!

  7. Mind reading! But id also want the ability to turn it off and on.

  8. Looks amazing! The superpower I would like is teleportation so I could visit my family without paying so much money to the airlines!

  9. The ability to be in two places at one time

  10. I’m not sure what superpower I would want, but I would like it to be something I could use to help others.

  11. My dream superpower: Ability to slow/freeze time. This way I could enjoy my family and friends more and still have time to get all the ‘chores’ and errand running done without wasting so uch time in preparing to enjoy life.

  12. jacquie says:

    why?? doesn’t having their poswer make you one. well i certainly have no desire to be one so no wouldn’t want any superhero powers.

  13. I wish I could always know what to say.

  14. I wish I could be invisible. That way I could fly for free. And avoid annoying people.

  15. That looks so delicious! I’d like to teleport so I’d never had to sit in traffic.

  16. I think my super power would be having six arms. Two to hold/play each of my children since that seems to be all they want these days and two more to accomplish everything else…cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. I am not certain where I would buy shirts, though…

  17. WOW! This looks and sounds fabulous! I have 2 boys who are peanut butter fiends! They would totally love this! As for my super power, I think the ability to duplicate myself would be great! That way one of me could be working/cleaning/studying and the other spending time playing with my kids and husband!

  18. tiffany says:

    Superpowers to be able to travel anywhere at any time at super high speeds!

  19. Wow! Delicious! Like a giant lava cake? Now that sounds like something I have to make! As for a superpower, I would want to be able to teleport (seems to be a common answer but it would make so many thing so much easier & less annoying!)

  20. Since I’ve been pregnant, chocolate has made me SO sick. I’m actually due any day now, and as soon as I feel like doing some cooking, I will bake this amazing thing! WOW. Looks so good!

    Forget the wine I’ve been missing, bring on the chocolate!

  21. All cobblers should be made with chocolate and peanut butter. Best combination around :)

  22. Alexa B says:

    I would have to go with teleporting as my superpower, it would make errands so much easier and travel so much cheaper.

  23. I have no idea what superpower I would like to have. Maybe flying? Then I could save on airline tickets when I wanted to go on vacation. Yeah, that works.

  24. I want to be able to freeze time. Between not having enough time to do everything I want to do and my kids growing up between blinks, that’s what I’d love to do. Just freeze everything whenever I wanted.

  25. I would teleport. Could get so much more done in a day and could avoid traffic and parking woes!

  26. teleportation for sure!

  27. I want to say that I would like my ability to be able to fly but I guess that would do no one any good. I would want the power to heal if I had any power. I think it would be the most helpful to the most amount of people.

  28. You had me at peanut butter (as I’m sitting here eating pb and chocolate ice cream!).

    I want my super power to be making time stand still, so I can get things done and not have to rush!

  29. I would like to be invisible, so I can just go around doing my own thing :) I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  30. Jillian says:

    I want the power to teleport!

  31. Stephanie says:

    When I was little, I always wanted tobe invisible… I believe the idea was to break into stores to steal all the candy I want.

  32. Jennifer says:

    I’m torn between the ability to freeze time (for selfish purposes – sleeping, video games, baking) and teleportation (but only if I can take everyone and everything I want with me).

    This cobbler looks ridiculously awesome.

  33. Honestly, if I could choose a super power, it would be the Super Mom POWER! I want the energy, no I want HALF the energy of just one of the stay at home or working moms I know. They get so much done in one day, WAY more than I thought possible. I want to be able to have that energy to get all the laundry, all the dishes, all the vaccuuming, all the cleaning, all the cooking done, and maybe even work, PLUS still have plenty of energy to take care of the kiddos. I know it may sound super cheesy, but that’s what I would want as a super power.

  34. Victoria says:

    Teleporting would probably be my superpower of choice. :)

  35. I loved Alice’s cookbook too, and believe we probably have the same disenchantment thing going on right now. (I’ll have to find your blog posts that talk about that, as I’d love to read them!)

    I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway (I have a copy) but had to say that I also give three cheers for Alice’s cookbook!

  36. I want to know for sure when someone is lying to me. That would be super indeed. I’m tired of falling for whatever people tell me, and I’m tired of cooking the same old stuff so this cookbook would be super too.

  37. I’d want the ability to transport myself anywhere with a blink of the eye. I spend far too much time commuting- it would be great to just BE there!

  38. My super power would be to clean my house in under 10 minutes.

  39. I would love the power to clean up my house and organize things just by thinking about it. :)
    Peanut butter and chocolate = happiness. My twin and I have a tradition of getting a peanut butter & chocolate ice cream cake as our birthday treat, so peanut butter and chocolate is a tradition around here. :)

  40. I made this, but either I did something wrong or something. I used instant hot cocoa mix, is that what we were supposed to use? This one had mini marshmallows in it which I scooped most out, but left some in anyway thinking they wouldn’t do any harm. Mine didn’t come out this dark of a color either. When I took it out it looked like bread floating on top of chocolate colored water? After awhile it got thicker, but not like a pudding….I think the 1.5 cups of water at the end may of been too much?

  41. @Emma- You needed to bake it longer than. Yes hot chocolate mix. The marshmallows should not have done anything to it. The middle is going to be more gooey and the outside should be more cake like.

  42. I’d love to go back in time and have a “redo” over situations that were great and situations that were not so great.
    This looks yummy. Will surely try this!

  43. This will be perfect for my mom’s birthday.


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