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).

A Lazy Sunday Morning with French Toast…

October 3rd, 2010

I love cooking… yep, I know, that’s a shock!  I cooked a delicious dinner yesterday for my friends…

It was going to be for the third round of Project Food Blog but unfortunately I didn’t make it…but no matter, I cooked anyway. It was a lovely day of chopping, dicing, simmering, stirring, tasting, relaxing… I loved it!

Dinner turned out great… although I’m exhausted so you will have to wait on the photographs and recipes… This morning I made some delicious Challah French Toast from A Homemade Life… a cookbook that I’ve enjoyed reading and will soon give you a review…

Also, up soon is a giveaway.  I really appreciate everyone’s support for me for Project Food Blog and want to hold a giveaway as a thank you… so please, stay tuned!

Finally, I didn’t make the Pear-Maple Cobblers for Project Pastry Queen this weekend. However, please check out Pink Parsley for the recipe and visit the Project Pastry Queen page to see how the other bloggers did.

So, now, back to my coffee… Have a great relaxing Sunday!

PFB Round 2: Voting Open and… some leftovers…

September 27th, 2010

Voting is open for round two of Project Food Blog!!! Please vote for me by going here… or clicking on the banner to your right…  Thank you so much for your support!!!

With the leftovers from the Iranian salmon, I made these delicious crepes smeared with some cream cheese and sprinkled with capers… Enjoy!