German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Ingredients

Cake

4 oz milk chocolate, cut into piecesdbab146e76f77c0e402a5a7af7e4b644

1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool.
  • In large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture. On low speed, beat in remaining cake ingredients until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • In 2-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup sugar, the evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter and 3 eggs over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with 1/3 of frosting. Repeat with remaining cake layers and frosting, ending with frosting.

Original recipe from http://www.pillsbury.com

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Black Forest Gateau

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ingredients

Cake

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for buttering cake pan
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting cake pan
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (4 3/4 ounces) superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) kirsch

Assembly

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Sour Cherries, or a 24-ounce jar sour cherries such as morello or amarena
  • 8 fresh cherries with stems (optional)
  • About 2 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao) in a single block
  • About 1/2 cup ground dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

To Make the Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour a 10-inch cake pan that is 3 inches deep such as a springform mold.

Sift the 1/2 cup flour, the cocoa, and the salt together onto a sheet of parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla at high speed until the mixture has tripled in volume and is very thick, about 8 minutes. When the whisk is lifted, the batter will form a thick ribbon as it falls back into the bowl.

Lower the speed to stir and carefully tap the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. As soon as all the flour has been added to the eggs, stop the machine. Pour in the melted butter, making sure to leave the white, milky solids behind. With a large rubber spatula, using as few strokes as possible, finish folding the flour mixture and butter into the batter until evenly mixed.

Immediately scrape the batter into the prepared pan, place the pan on a baking sheet, and bake until the cake feels just firm to the touch, about 40 minutes. Transfer the cake to a rack and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Then turn the cake upside down onto a rack to cool. This will flatten the slightly domed top.

To Make the Syrup:
Place the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the kirsch and remove from the heat. Pour the syrup into a small cup or bowl and set it aside.

To Assemble the Cake:
In a large bowl, whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed until it holds firm peaks. Do not overbeat; the whipped cream should be smooth and firm. Divide the cream into 4 equal portions and set them aside. (This helps prevent getting to the last bit of decorating and discovering you have run out of cream.) Drain the cherries and divide them into 2 equal piles. Reserve 8 to 12 cherries to garnish the top of the cake if you do not have fresh cherries.

Place the cake on a work surface with its original top up. Trim off any hard crusts. With a long serrated knife, cut the cake horizontally into 3 even layers. Transfer the top layer to a serving plate, arranging it top side down. Brush it liberally with the syrup. With an offset spatula or rubber spatula, smooth on a 1/2-inch layer of whipped cream. Push the cream a little beyond the edge of the cake. (This prevents gaps when you settle the next layer on top.) Nestle half of the cherries into the whipped cream, scattering them evenly over the top.

Place the middle cake layer on top of the cherries, pressing it lightly into the whipped-cream layer. Brush with syrup, spread with whipped cream, and scatter the remaining half of the cherries over the cream.

Finally, add the last cake layer, cut side up, on top of the cherries, again settling it into the whipped-cream layer. Brush with syrup. With an icing spatula or a large rubber spatula, spread a thin layer of whipped cream over the top of the cake. Spread a thicker layer onto the sides.

Pastry shops add a decorative scalloped edge of ground dark chocolate around the base of the cake. Fill your cupped palm with some of the ground chocolate and lift and tilt it onto the base of the cake all around the bottom edge. Rotate the cake between handfulls. It’s the heel of your hand that forms the scalloped edge.

Rotate the edge of a sharp knife against the block of chocolate to make curls or cut shavings with a vegetable peeler. Pile them on top of the cake.

Scoop the remaining whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip. Pipe fat rosettes all around the top edge of the cake. Press a fresh or spirited cherry into the center of each rosette. Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours to let the flavors meld. Just before serving, dust the top with powdered sugar.

Alcohol-Free Variation
Use about 24 ounces of preserved sour cherries in syrup. Drain the cherries, reserving the syrup and cherries separately. In a small saucepan, bring to a boil 1/3 cup espresso or strong coffee, the reserved syrup, and 3/4 cup sugar (or to taste), stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and reserve until needed.

notes:

If using jarred cherries, drain them, reserving both the syrup and the cherries. Measure the amount of syrup and set aside. Macerate the cherries in a glass bowl in 1/2 cup of kirsch for 1 hour, tossing them occasionally. Drain the cherries, reserving them and the kirsch separately. Pour the syrup into a small saucepan with the kirsch and add sugar, if needed, to make a slightly sweet, cherry-flavored syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and set aside until needed. You need about 1 cup of syrup for the cake. Use the rest as a sauce for ice cream.

 

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Ingredients

Cake

4oz milk chocolate, cut into pieces                                     dbab146e76f77c0e402a5a7af7e4b644
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool.
  • In large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture. On low speed, beat in remaining cake ingredients until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • In 2-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup sugar, the evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter and 3 eggs over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with 1/3 of frosting. Repeat with remaining cake layers and frosting, ending with frosting.

Chocolate and Irish Cream Roulade

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Ingredients                                                                                                      

  • butter, for greasing
  • 175g (6oz) plain dark chocolate (about 50 per cent cocoa solids)
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 300ml (10fl oz) double cream
  • 4 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
  • icing sugar, sifted, for dusting

FOR THE ICING

  • 50g (1¾ oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp double cream
  • 2-3 tsp Baileys Irish Cream liqueur

Serves 8

Method

  • Swiss roll tin, 30cm x 23cm (12in x 9in) and 2cm (¾ in) deep; small piping bag (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan/350°F/gas 4). Lightly grease the Swiss roll tin with butter and line with baking parchment. It helps to make a small diagonal snip at each corner of the baking parchment, about 3cm (1¼ in) long, so the paper fits snugly into the corners of the tin.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. The base of the bowl must not touch the water. Leave until just melted, then remove from the heat, stir and leave the chocolate to cool slightly. (See below, Make a light cake, step 1.)
  3. Meanwhile, place the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk using an electric hand whisk on high speed until fluffy and stiff, but not dry.
  4. Tip the caster sugar and egg yolks into another large bowl and whisk on high speed until light, thick and creamy, for about 1½ minutes. Pour in the cooled chocolate and stir until blended. Add two large spoonfuls of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture and mix gently, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Sift the cocoa and fold it into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. (See below, Make a light cake, step 2.)
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake is well risen and firm on top. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside, leaving it in its tin until cold (expect it to dip and crack a little).
  6. Place the cream in a bowl with the Baileys Irish Cream liqueur and whip until thick enough to just hold its shape. If insufficiently whipped it will be too runny to spread; if over-whipped it will become too thick to spread evenly.
  7. Lightly dust a large piece of baking parchment with icing sugar. Turn the cake out on to the parchment and carefully peel off the lining paper. Spread the surface of the cake with the whipped cream, leaving a bare rim of about 2cm (¾ in) all the way around the edges. With one of the short ends near you, make a score mark 2cm (¾ in) in from this edge, being careful not to cut right through. Starting at this point, tightly roll up the roulade. Transfer the roulade to a serving platter or board. (See below, Roll a neat roulade.)
  8. Make the icing: put the icing sugar in a bowl, then mix in the cream and enough Baileys Irish Cream liqueur to give a smooth consistency. Drizzle the icing over the top of the roulade, or pipe it using the small piping bag.

Recipe available from Great British Food Magazine Christmas edition 2014

Italian Herb Baked Meatballs

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Ingredients                                                                       
makes 15 meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef (I used 88%)
½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, pressed (or minced)
½ small onion, grated (or minced)
2 tablespoons marinara
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Method
Preheat oven to 375°.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.

Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat and place on baking sheet.  After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls.

Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Remove and transfer to sauce or serve immediately.

Homemade Caramel Apple Pie

Quote – “before you decide to start placing your pie orders from Mrs Generic Cookie-Cutter Bakery, remind yourself that you can create a completely unique and ridiculously flavorful apple pie in your own home. But just beware. Making this pie, will most likely put you on pie duty for the rest of your life.”

Ingredients                                                                         Caramel-Apple-Pie-8-WM

1 double pie crust

1 cup unsalted butter

6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup water

6-7 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

Instructions

  1. Melt 1 cup butter in a sauce pan. Stir in 6 Tablespoons flour to form a paste. Add 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with sliced apples, mounded slightly. Top with about half of the sugary caramel sauce.
  3. Cover with a top crust, using whatever technique you feel comfortable with. A full crust, lattice work, or some other variation you prefer. Gently pour the remaining caramel over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Top with a few shakes of cinnamon.
  4. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.
  5. Once finished baking, let sit out for at least 4 hours, preferably closer to 12 hours. This is a perfect pie to make the day before.

Original Recipe Available from happyfoodhealthylife.com

Carrot Pudding with a Brown Sugar Sauce

Ingredients                                                                                                                     SDC14198_zpsea7ed4e8

7.5 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
4 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cup)
2 large free range eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 1/2 ounces plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and ground cardamom
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated (1 cup)
2 medium potatoes, peeled and grated, squeezed dry ( 1 cup.  Squeeze all the water out and discard before measuring.)
6 ounces of sultana raisins (1 cup)

For the Brown Sugar Sauce:
3.75 ounces of soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup)
2 ounces butter (1/4 cup)
2 TBS golden syrup ( can use corn syrup)
125ml of double ( heavy or whipping) cream (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

 

Directions

Have ready a pot of simmering water, fitted with a steaming basket and a lid.  Butter a large pudding basin and set aside.

Cream together the brown sugar and butter.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Sift together the flour, soda, salt and spices.  Stir this into the creamed mixture.  Fold in the carrots, potatoes, and raisins.  Spoon the pudding into the prepared pudding basin.  Take a large sheet of foil.  Butter it well and make a pleat in the centre.  Fit this over the top of the pudding basin, leaving room for expansion.  Secure with a rubber band or some twine and make air tight.

Place this into the steamer basket over the boiled and simmering water.  Cover tightly with a lid.  Steam for 3 hours, checking periodically to make sure that the water doesn’t run dry.   Add more boiling water carefully as needed.

Remove the steamer basket.  Remove the foil carefully.  There will be steam.  Carefully slide a knife around the inside edge of the bowl to loosen.  Invert a serving plate over top and then carefully tip out the finished pudding.  Serve warm, cut into wedges along with the brown sugar sauce, custard, cream or ice cream.

To make the brown sugar sauce, place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan.  Bring to the boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally to help prevent it from catching, over a very low heat for about five minutes.

Note:  Any leftovers can be reheated by placing into a steamer basket and steaming over simmering water until heated through, or covered and heated for about 40 seconds in the microwave.

 

Variations on Sauce

Lemon Sauce

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons butter

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • To make the lemon sauce, mix together 3/4 cup of sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Stir in hot water, butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Serve warm over the pudding.

 

Buttery Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • Buttery sauce: In a medium-size pot, combine butter or margarine, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Heat until the mixture is liquid. Spoon mixture over the warm carrot pudding to serve.

 

Cinnamon Sauce

1 1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/3 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. evaporated milk

SAUCE: Bring sugar, corn syrup, water and cinnamon to a boil over medium heat. Boil 4 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk. Serve warm over pie.

 

Apple Custard Tea Cake

Ingredients                                                                                 1175398_652155914839882_4875145781064818665_n

Cake
180 g butter
½ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1¼ cups self-raising flour
⅓ cup custard powder
Topping
2 apples, thinly sliced
20 g butter, melted
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Custard
1½ tablespoons custard powder
1½ tablespoons caster sugar
1 cup milk
20 g butter
2 teaspoons vanilla essence

 

Method

1. Lightly grease a deep 23 cm round cake pan. Line base with paper. Lightly grease paper.
2. Custard: Combine custard powder and sugar in pan, gradually stir in milk until smooth.
3. Stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens.
4. Stir in butter and essence. Allow to cool.
5. Cake: Cream butter and sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.,
6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating in well between additions.
7. Stir in flour and custard powder.
8. Spread half the cake mixture into prepared pan.
9. Spread with custard.
10. Place small amounts of remaining cake mixture over custard and gently spread with small spatula.

11. Arrange apples over top of cake mixture and brush with melted butter.
12. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
13. Bake at 180°C for approximately 1¼ hours. Cool in pan.

This cake is featured in the new edition (June 2014) of :-

Super Food Ideas magazine

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast

Ingredients

  • 12 slices home-style white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, divided      974003

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cold cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 12 large eggs

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 

  • Sauce:

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon butter

This recipe takes time before it is ready, but certainly so yummy once it is. Ideal treat for Mothers Day morning. It makes up about 12 servings in all.

Directions

  1. Generously grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Arrange half the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese cubes over the bread cube layer; sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries atop cream cheese layer. Layer the remaining bread cubes over strawberry layer.
  3. Pour half-and-half into a blender; pulse for a few seconds. Blend eggs into half-and-half until fully incorporated. Add maple syrup and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove baking dish from refrigerator 45 minutes before baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Bake the covered casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until French toast is puffed and golden brown, about 30 more minutes.
  7. Stir sugar, water, and cornstarch together in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Mix 1 cup sliced strawberries into the sugar mixture; cook and stir until strawberries are softened, about 10 minutes. Add butter and stir sauce until butter is melted.

Original recipe from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Cream-Cheese-French-Toast