Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Bread and Wine Project: Easy Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

I have shared this recipe before -- in BLOG LAND - but I am sharing it again as a link up with Rachel Rewritten and Oh Simple Thoughts for a Special LINK UP called "The Bread and Wine Project"  

You may all remember how I planned on reading "Bread and Wine" as one of my summer reading books (and I have read it and loved it and will post more on this excellent book later).  The book shared short essays about life, love, family, trials, community - and it mostly centers around the table - because coming together around a table is a way to reconnect, nourish ourselves physically and emotionally, heal, rest and laugh.  Literally breaking bread together is often intimate and personal - when you feed someone, you meet one of their basic needs and you often time meet other needs as well, whether it is giving a new mom rest by bringing her a meal or enabling family fellowship over a holiday meal. The same goes with drinking - meeting a friend for coffee is more than just enjoying a warm beverage, it is preparing for a morning of encouragement and catching up; celebratory cocktails over a friend's promotion or engagement or to unwind after a huge project is a way to relax, celebrate and show support! 

So, in the spirit of "Bread and Wine", many bloggers are linking up to share their "go to" fellowship recipes, simple, complex, dessert, main dish, whatever you serve for times of fellowship!

*Not the best picture, but you get the idea - chocolate yummy goodness!

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

I've been making this chocolate chip pound cake recipe for years. Sure, there are fancier chocolate chip cake recipes you can try, but this recipe is just easy enough to justify the time  spent making it, but just fancy enough to feel like a real dessert.  It's essentially and "doctored up" cake mix. This is perfect to bring along to a dinner party or when it's your turn to bring the snack for Bible Study, Bridge Club, Book Club, etc. It's delicious on its own or with vanilla ice cream on top!

1 box yellow cake mix
1 3 ounce package of instant vanilla pudding
1 3 ounce package of instant chocolate pudding
8 ounces of sour cream
1 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp of vanilla
4 eggs
6 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients together, pour into a greased bundt pan and bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  After it cools, it's optional to dust it with powdered sugar!

It's delicious and a great fellowship dish. Bake this cake soon and invite friends over for cake, coffee and conversation! 

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