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Chocolate and Toasted Marshmallow Cake

24 Jan

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This cake is a SAVER.

I have made it three times now and it gets better and better.

I wish I can give someone credit for it but I do not know the creator. The frosting is from William Sonoma. All I can say is THANK YOU.

I don’t even feel guilty eating it because it is so heavy I feel as if I had a workout just lifting it.

This is a special occasion cake because it takes forever to make and so worth it.

Chocolate Cake:

2 1/2 cups  plus one tablespoon all purpose flour

3 cups granulated sugar, yes I said three cups

1 cup plus one tablespoon premium cocoa powder

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

3 egg at room temperature

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 1/2 cups strong hot black coffee

3/4 cups vegetable oil

1 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, never use imitation

Malted Chocolate Frosting:

One pound of unsalted butter, yes I said one pound

4 cups powdered sifted sugar

3/4 cup Ovaltine Classic

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

pinch of salt

8 ounces quality dark chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled

1/2 cup whipping cream

Toasted Marshmallow Frosting:

16 large white marshmallows

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 jar [213g] marshmallow fluff

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put the oven rack in the center of the oven.

Get three 8 inch cake pans and cut parchment paper to fit the bottom.

Butter and flour each pan and make sure to shake out any extra flour.

Sift all the dry ingredients together.

Mix the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla together in a separate bowl and mix well.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mix and beat on low with your splash guard down.

Scrape down the sides and beat on medium for two minutes.

Evenly divide the batter into the three pans.

The batter is very thin.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Rotate the pans and bake for another 8 to 12 minutes.

Test with your cake tester till clean.

Cool for twenty minutes and then invert until completely cool.

Set aside.

Chocolate Frosting:

Put the paddle attachment on your mixture.

Combine sugar and butter and beat at low speed for one minute till it is incorporated.

Add Ovaltine powder, vanilla and salt.

Mix well.

Add the melted chocolate and beat till smooth about two minutes.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and whip another minute.

Add the whipping cream and beat on low then high for a minute.

This is tricky because you have to keep this cool but don’t refrigerate it or it will stiffen up. So I take a cold towel and wrap it around the bowl until I make the marshmallow frosting. The other frosting only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Marshmallow Frosting:

Put the marshmallows on a piece of parchment paper sprayed with non stick spray.

Place on the low rack in the oven and broil till a nice light brown crust forms.

Turn over and toast the other side.

This takes only 30 to 60 seconds

Put the paddle attachment on your mixture.

Mix the butter and sugar on low till smooth.

Add vanilla and beat for 3 minutes.

Add the marshmallow fluff and toasted marshmallows and mix at low speed till smooth.

Cut the three cakes horizontally into six layers.

Put a small dollop of frosting on a cake plate.

Place one layer of cake on the plate

Start with the marshmallow frosting and use 1/3 of it. Make a nice even layer but don’t go over the edge of the cake.

Layer with more cake.

Top with 1/6 of the chocolate buttercream. Spread evenly.

Top with another layer of cake

Press down on the cake gently to make sure the cake is stable and not tilted.

Alternate the two frostings and the cake till you get to the last layer.

This is a six layer cake so you want it to be stable.

Gently press down to stabilize the cake and make sure it is even.

Frost the top with 1/6 of the frosting.

Frost the sides of the cake

Put the remaining chocolate frosting in a pastry bag.

Start decorating….

Thats it!

You are now a proud mother.

Let this cake chill till the frosting sets before you cut it.

Garnish with chocolate curls, malted milk balls, marshmallows or whatever you want.

This is my children’s favorite cake.

So I will make it again for them with more love.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brussels Sprouts in Bacon

27 Dec

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This is a great appetizer, snack or vegetable side dish.

All you need is a ton of washed  Brussel sprouts and sliced bacon.

Take the bottom stem off the sprout

Slice a pound of bacon into three  sections

Wrap the bacon around the sprouts and place seam side down in a drip pan.

Bake at 375 degrees till the bacon is crisp,

Drain on a paper towel

I serve these all by themselves but  a beau monde or ranch dip would be good.

I ate a tray of 16 which is the equivalent to 4 slices of bacon.

It was a great lunch and no carbs.

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

6 Dec

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I cant make enough of these.

I made a huge batch for Thanksgiving and they disappeared.

So of course I made more and they disappeared.

One large package of mushrooms about 25.

3 packages of cheese and crackers. You know the kind you get for your kids as a snack but end up eating. I buy the Keebler or Ritz brand because they have six crackers not four.

One diced onion

2 cloves diced garlic

3 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons diced fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Sauté the butter, onion and garlic.

Add the chopped stems from the mushrooms.

Season with pepper

Cook till everything is soft.

Add the parsley

Put the crackers in your food processor and pulse till the crackers are crumbs

Add the onion and mushroom mixture With all the butter.

Pulse three or four times.

Stuff each mushroom so they are firmly packed

Place on a cookie sheet with a tiny drop of butter on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops start to brown.

Don’t add any additional salt because the crackers are pretty salty.

 

Potato Knish

5 Dec

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Never throw away leftover mashed potatoes.

You can use them for anything from pancakes to thickening a soup.

Today I made one of my favorites.

They are little three bite potato knishes.

One stick of butter

3 diced onions

6 cups of leftover mashed potatoes

2 eggs

One teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon salt

6 packages of refrigerated crescent rolls

Melt the butter

Add the onions and cook till soft

Season with the salt and pepper

Mix the eggs with the potatoes

Add the onions and butter

Mix well

Take the crescent rolls out of the package and spread the dough out flat.

Press the crescent roll precut lines together and roll slightly with a rolling pin to make the dough even.

Cut into 16 even pieces

Fill each piece of dough with a large teaspoon of the potato.

Starting at the corner cover the potato with the dough. Making a little filled pouch.

All the seams should be sealed.

Don’t worry if some potato if showing just put the exposed potato face up on the baking pan so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

Use a silpac or non stick cookie pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

Be careful not to eat these right out of the oven because the potato gets HOT.

Serve with sour cream, applesauce, ketchup or mustard.

This is not an exact recipe as far as quantities.

If you have less potato you can adjust the eggs or add leftover spinach, broccoli, hamburg or asparagus. It doesn’t have to be exactly six cups of all potato.

Its the taste you want of the soft potato in a flakey dough.

These are a great appetizer, side dish and a snack.

Either bake or freeze these right away because the raw dough gets discolored and I wouldn’t eat them.

When in doubt.   Throw out.

Potato skins

17 Oct

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Whenever I make potatoes I do this now.

It is my guilty treat for spending all this time in the kitchen.

Wash your potatoes well about eight white potatoes

You can use whatever kind you like even sweet potatoes but I do put a little brown sugar and cayenne pepper on those.

Use your knife and take about 1/4 inch of skin and potato to make a nice slice.

Put all the pieces on a baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper and two to three tablespoons olive oil.

Do not overlap the potatoes or else they won’t crisp up.

Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for about fifteen minutes till they are crisp and brown.

These are so good .

Serve with sour cream, ketchup, yogurt or make potato skin nachos.

I LOVE these.

Ricotta and Pesto Naan

22 Aug

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So you know how I am always saying waste nothing?

This is a great example.

I bought a package of Naan and realized I didn’t use it.

I also had about a cup and a  half of ricotta cheese in the refrigerator.

Magic.

Such a surprising lunch.

Take the Naan out of the package.

Mix 1 1/2 cups of ricotta cheese with 1/2 cup pesto

Spread the cheese mixture on the Naan.

Cover with a good handful of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a 400 degree oven till the cheese is melted. About five minutes.

Top with a handful of arugula tossed in some lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

Garnish with olives.

You would easily pay ten dollars in a restaurant for this.

 

Scallion Pancakes

10 Jul

 

I have always loved scallion pancakes but never made them.

Last week I made them twice.

Don’t get excited. They are easy but time consuming.

Plus I had to make a double batch and could have used a triple batch.

This is a recipe for a single batch which make six pancakes.

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup boiling water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sesame seed oil for painting and more for frying

2 cups diced green scallions

Canola oil for frying

Take out your food processor

Add the flour, salt and boiling water

Pulse till the dough forms a ball

If too wet add more flour

Take the ball out of the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap

Refrigerate till cool

Cut into 6 equal pieces

I use my pasta machine to get the dough thin

Start with #1 and progress to #3

You should have a 8 to 9 inch piece of dough

Paint with a thin layer of sesame oil and fold in half

Repeat this 2 times

After that paint with the sesame oil again and add 1/6 of the scallions

Now this is a little different

Take one end of the pancake and roll it so it looks like a finger then roll the dough around like a cinnamon bun.

Flatten with your hand and using your rollin pin, roll till it is about 6 inches in diameter

Repeat with the remaining dough

Heat a skillet with three tablespoons canola oil and one teaspoon sesame oil

When the oil is hot add the pancake and cook till it is brown on one side then flip over for another minute

Drain on a paper towel

Continue cooking the rest of the pancakes

Put the pancakes on a moist paper towel and microwave for 12 to 20 seconds to heat them up

I used them to make gyro

I grilled lamb and shredded it

Smeared tsatziki sauce on the pancake, placed a good handful of meat, some grape tomatoes and a ton of lemon salad with feta cheese.

OMG I will make this over and over again.