Simple Chocolate Cake and a Giveaway!

October 8th, 2010

Last Saturday, I had a dinner party. Even though there were not enough dining chairs to go around, I believe everything was a hit!

But, every time I sit down to tell you about it, I’m reminded of how tired I was afterwards… so instead, I’ll give it to you in pieces… starting with the best course… DESSERT!

I made Crack Pie and Chocolate Cake.  The Crack Pie didn’t come out well…It was good but hard as a rock… the Chocolate Cake was great and very simple to make!

Now for the giveaway… CSN has again given me a $35 gift certificate for their sites…personally, I would get the immersion blender or the Le Creuset baking pans… but pick whatever you want…

Now how to enter… Each of the following will give you an entry but you only have to do one…

1. Leave a comment below.

2. Tweet the giveaway linking to @ginnygetsfloury and leave an extra comment letting me know.

3. Follow me on twitter and leave an extra comment letting me know.

4. Like me on Facebook and leave an extra comment letting me know.

5. Be my 200th twitter follower, get an extra entry and a foodie prize (to be determined!).

I’ll pick a winner next week on October 18th at noon.  Sorry but we can only ship to the US and Canada.

15-Minute Chocolate Cake
(from Chocolate Bliss)

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 10-in round cake pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking sodea and salt until combined. Add egg, milk, oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture for about 5 minutes. Beat in the hot water, the batter will be thin.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Unmold and let cook completely.
4. Top with a chocolate ganache (I heated about 1/4 cup cream until slightly simmering and added to 1/2 cup chocolate chips with a splash of vanilla).

The Thanksgiving Feast!

November 27th, 2009

My friends and I served up quite the thanksgiving feast…

We made sure to cover all our traditional favorites…

Chicken (or Turkey) and Dressing Casserole

My Mom’s Stuffing

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potatoes (recipe coming)

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Crunch

Pecan Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

My Mom’s Stuffing
Melt about 1/2 stick margarine or butter in frying pan. Chop one large onion and about 4 to five large stalks of celery. Saute. Sprinkle with leaf thyme (Mom does this until it smells right- I used about 2 teaspoons). now the fun part: Using about 8 slices of white bread (wonder type) Put it in the colander and run tap water over it and squish it up with your hands. Then add to the frying pan and stir it around to mix the onions/celery. Now I stuff the turkey but you could do as I said above. Probably use about a cup of broth and then bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. You probably should cover it loosely with foil so it doesn’t dry out.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 27th, 2009

The table was set… the pies were made… I awaited my friends…

Unable to go home because of school, three of my friends came over to share thanksgiving with me… we split up the menu and served up quite a feast

After finishing dinner… we sat around talking and sipping wine… ending our evening with some delicious desserts…

In my family, we always make a ton of pies… often there is a pie a person… Pumpkin, Pine Nut, Chocolate Chess and Pecan…This year, I made pie crust for the first time without my mother’s help!  Success!  I decided to make the chocolate chess and the pecan.  After seeing Emily’s recent post, I deviated from my mother’s recipe and added 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste to the pecan recipe.  Delicious!  I’m sending these over to Joelen’s Event Tasty Tools featuring rolling pins… Happy Thanksgiving!

Ginny’s Mom’s Pie Crust
(makes a 9 in pie crust)
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Crisco
Pinch of Salt

Cut the Crisco into the flour and salt using 2 knives or a pastry cutter until mealy. Take 3 tablespoons of the mixture and put int a cup. Stir in enough cold water until you have a paste. Dump the paste into the flour mixture and blend by hand until forms a ball. DO NOT KNEAD IT! Roll out between 2 layers of wax paper.

Chocolate Chess Pie
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar (do not pack)
1 tablespoonful flour
2 unbeaten eggs
1/2 egg shell of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 stick margarine (melted)
1 square chocolate (melted)

Mix all ingredients together and bake in an unbaked pie shell at 350 degrees about 35 minutes.

Pecan Pie
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 teasp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 1/2 cup pecans half

Mix in all the ingredients but the pecans. Stir in pecans. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake until set and shell is nicely browned at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes.