This weekend my Business Man and I are homeward-bound back to Illinois to have a nice visit with our families. Except, his family just left on vacation to DC... so that means we'll be visiting with my family only. Poor planning on our part.
This is good news for several reasons...
1. My parents got a new puppy literally 3 days after my Business Man and I got married and I moved to the Bean Town. I have been seeing puppy pictures and hearing puppy talk for the last 4 weeks and I absolutely cannot wait to meet and play and cuddle with this puppy.
2. I seem to have left a lot of things that are important to me at my parent's house. Including but not limited to the following:
- several of my beloved cookbooks
- my new Kitchenaid mixer (Wedding gift from my parents! And I haven't even used it in the Bean Town yet!)
- DVD collection (our shelves are looking mighty empty... need to fill up that DVD rack!)
- my cupcake decorating supplies (...because we all need to be able to decorate gourmet cupcakes whenever we please)
- all my shoes (except my brown sandals, running shoes, and a pair of flip-flops, which is all I packed for the honeymoon)
- all my jewelry (except my wedding day pearls)
4. And of course, the most important reason, getting to see our fam! And maybe a friend or two as well...
So, as I gathered our belongings this morning to get ready for the trip, I thought to myself... "I think I will bring a goodie home... to show my parents how much I appreciate their hospitality."
Haha... really I just wanted an excuse to experiment in the kitchen. :-)
My mom loves all things cherries, and all things chocolate, so I thought up these Dark Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bars. I have been craving a crumb bar lately, and also something chocolatey. Once I remembered my mom's love for cherries, these were born.
|Dark Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bars|
Makes one 8x8-inch pan. About 16 bars.
Here's a photo montage of all the different steps/layers...
|Just the bottom crust.|
|Topped with the cherries.|
|Topped with the chocolate... I used Ghiradelli's 60% Cacao. It is tasty.|
|Top layer of crumb mixture.|
|And the almonds.|
|The finished product, plated.|
I think these turned out wonderfully! They filled our apartment with the most wonderful smell as they were baking. The contrast of the tart cherries and rich chocolate with the sweet, buttery crust is like a party in your mouth.
|A close-up shot.|