Sigh. Jennifer Garner really is just *too pure* for this world. On Dec. 12, the mother-of-three took to Instagram to share a new episode of her beloved social media series, Pretend Cooking Show, and it’s our favorite one yet.
Basically, Jen woke up at 5:30 a.m. to bake her kids chocolate bread for breakfast. No, we’re not joking. She’s a literal angel. Anyway, things took a turn for the worst when Jen’s kitchen cabinets started rebelling. Every time the 46-year-old went to grab a new ingredient, a slamming noise would follow.
Thankfully, her kids weren’t disturbed and TBH, even if they were… their mom was baking them freakin’ breakfast, so they have nothing to complain about. “This time of year it is extra cozy to send kids to school with something warm in their bellies,” Jen captioned the precious (and hilarious) post along with a recipe.
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This time of year it is extra cozy to send kids to school with something warm in their bellies. My kids feel extra cozy about @realbakingwithrose’s chocolate bread. This recipe isn’t crazy sweet and, with a good swish of peanut butter, is just the thing for my early rising middle schooler. You can find the full episode on IGTV. #PretendCookingShow #bangwentthecabinet #😡😩🤦🏻♀️wentmybrain #hurryupchristmas🤶🏻 . #TheBreadBible Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread Ingredients: 3 Tbs plus 1/2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 3 Tbs boiling water 1/2 Tbs pure vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs sugar 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 13 Tbs unsalted butter, softened 3 Tbs chocolate mini chips or bittersweet chocolate (chopped) . Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Whisk cocoa and boiling water until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature, then gently whisk in vanilla and eggs. 3. In a mixer bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add half the chocolate paste and the butter and mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute to aerate and develop structure. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add remaining chocolate paste in two batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure. Scrape down the bowl. Fold in chocolate mini chips/chopped chocolate. 4. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. 5. Bake for 50-60 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center will read about 200F. (The bread shouldn’t start to shrink from the sides of the pan until after removal from the oven.) 6. Set the bread on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread and invert onto an oiled wire rack. Reinvert so it is top side up and cool completely.
Of course, many of Jen’s fans and fellow mothers alike flocked to the video to share words of praise! “Thank you for inspiring me this morning! My kids thank you, too,” one user commented. “Hoping this recipe gets me through the week! Figuring out breakfast before sending the kids off to school can be a real chore,” added another.
In addition to showing the actress some love, other followers offered advice on how to fix her pesky cabinets. Gotta love the internet, right? “OMG! Ikea soft close hinges for your cupboards, girl. They’re essential for early ‘surprise’ cooking,” someone suggested. “You need to put some weather stripping at the tops of the cabinets to keep them from slamming,” another fan chimed in.
Obviously, we have no idea if either of those things will fix Jen’s cabinets, but it’s nice to see people on Instagram being helpful instead of hateful. Also, before we go, we have never seen someone use a grater for butter and to say we’re impressed is the understatement of the century. Thanks for that, Jen. We love you!