Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, Inc. bakes and sells specialty cookies, brownies, pretzels, and other baked goods. From one store started by Debbi and Randy Fields in 1977, the firm has expanded to over 1,500 stores named Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, the Great American Cookie Company, the Original Cookie Company, Pretzel Time, Hot Sam, and Pretzelmaker. This is a true success story of an American homemaker and her husband who overcame numerous obstacles to create an international business. However, like many companies that began as family businesses, it reorganized under outside leadership and ownership. The firm's chocolate chip cookies were so popular that they became the subject of a modern urban legend in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake





CHOCOLATE BANANA SWIRL CAKE
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

Cake:
1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 large)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
3/4 cup (4 1/2 oz) semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup (4 oz) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan.

To make the cake: In medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside. Blend brown sugar and butter in a mixer. Scrape sides of bowl. Add sour cream, banana, egg and vanilla and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in the melted chocolate and stir just until a marbled pattern develops. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes at or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then invert the pan onto a rack and cool to room temperature.

To prepare ganache: Scald cream in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Cover pan with lid and set aside. After about 15 minutes, stir frosting until it is smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Turn cake right side up onto a serving platter and frost liberally with the ganache.

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