Some many things happened in 2016 that just absolutely floored people. The person who won the popular vote, Hilary Clinton, lost the electoral vote, and much to many people’s chagrin, Donald Trump is our new President-Elect. There were many technological breakthroughs, including the Amazon Echo, an AI which is so useful, it almost becomes part of your family. Many of our favorites in the entertainment industry are no longer with us, including David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, a list that is too long and sad. Continue reading →
T’was the night before the night before Christmas, and all through the pantry a lot of peanut butter was found…
As I looked through my Rollout Cookies recipe, I thought that I wanted to make another kind of cookie for Christmas. I had just bought a large container of peanut butter, and that sounded like a really good idea. I also decided it was time to use up some of the shortening I had in my pantry, and I found this lovely recipe for peanut butter cookies from Crisco.
These cookies are nice and soft, different from the crunchy cookies I am used to and really don’t like very much. These melt in your mouth, they are just delicious!
Tonight was special because we got an early Christmas present from my friend Adel. She got us an Amazon Echo Dot. Let me tell you how wonderful it was to be able to say “Alexa, set a timer for 8 minutes”, and she said, “Starting now”. It was perfect because I had dough on my hands that I didn’t want to get on our old-fashioned timer. Alexa is a lot more accurate than the old stand by, too. She will be very helpful in the kitchen indeed.
You know, sometimes you just want chocolate. I mean, you really, really, really want chocolate. It’s like it’s the only thing you can think about. I had that craving and I bought a box of special dark cocoa just so I could make this cake.
I have always loved cherry cordials. To me, there is nothing tastier than cherries and chocolate. They just seem to compliment each other so well. When I decided to make this cake special, I thought using cherry preserves as filling would be exactly what I was looking for, and I was right, it was perfect. I used regular cherry preserves, not the famous sour cherries, they just would have soaked into the cake and made a chocolatety mess.
The secret to this cake is its velvety frosting, made with melted butter, dark cocoa, and rum flavoring. It really sets off the cherries in the cake. You could use brandy flavoring if you don’t have rum.
I found this recipe on the back of the Zulka brown sugar bag. The cake looked great on the package, I happened to have apples in the refrigerator, and I wanted to try something new.
The instructions on how to make the cake on the bag make no sense, therefore, I changed it to the traditional method of creaming the butter and then creaming the butter and sugar together. Okay, so you don’t know what creaming is? It’s very simple. Put room temperature butter into a large bowl, and then beat it with an electric beater until it is nice and smooth. If you don’t have room temperature butter, you can cut the butter up into small pieces and then cream it. The best way to beat is with a stand mixer, but a hand mixer will do just fine. Don’t try this with a whisk, it’s too difficult.
This is a very moist cake, and may take quite a while to bake. The original instructions said 40-55 minutes, mine was in over 80 minutes, your mileage may vary.
It rained today, and it’s a bit chilly, the night before Halloween. Social media is talking about killer clowns coming out in my city, so I’m double locking the doors, just to be on the safe side. It’s a perfect night for apple pie.
Someone gave me a can of apple pie filling, and a package of frozen puff pastry. When I received the gift, I put both away, thinking I would use them for other things. But, today, I realized I could put them together and make a wonderful pie. There is no need for a pie pan, just a sheet pan, and some parchment paper to keep the pastry from sticking. Of course, you could use other fillings, cherry or blueberry would be great.
Don’t you just love Facebook? This morning, someone posted something about eating chocolate cake for breakfast, and I had to remember making Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting, and promising my friend that I would make cake today.
Low and behold, when I went to my refrigerator, I found no milk, and didn’t feel like going out to get any. However, I had a large container of plain, yummy yogurt, and I knew that it would make a really rich cake.
Just a warning, make sure you use Baker’s Joy or some other means of getting your Bundt pan completely greased. This cake likes to stick, and when I make it in a regular cake pan, I always use parchment paper. Alas, you can’t use parchment paper in a Bundt pan, so just make sure you really spray the pan well with the Baker’s Joy.