Chocolate Cake “The Best Ever”

Chocolate Birthday Cake

Chocolate Cake “The Best Ever”

 

Ingredients

2 cups Sugar                                      1 ½ tsp Baking Soda         1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

1 ¾ cups All Purpose Flour             1 tsp Salt                             2 tsp Vanilla Extract

¾ cup Hershey Cocoa                       3 Eggs                                   1 cup Boiling Water

1 ½ tsp Baking Powder                     1 cup Milk

 

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round baking pans.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).

Pour into pans and bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes and remove cakes from pans to wire racks.

Cool completely.  Frost with Chocolate Frosting .

Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients    

½ cup (1 stick butter)               3 cups Powdered Sugar    1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2/3 cup Hershey Cocoa             1/3 cup Milk

Directions

Melt butter.  Stir in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk.  Beat on medium speed to spreading consistency.  Add more milk if needed.  Stir in vanilla.  Makes about 2 cups of frosting.  Top with chopped walnuts, pecans or shaved semi sweet Bakers Chocolate or candy bar.

 

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Fried Pies

Ingredients

5cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 cup shortening, softened

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 13-ounce can evaporated milk

2 1 /2 cups any flavor pie filling

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and milk together and then add to the

Shortening flour mixture.

Mix with a fork just so it holds together and no more.

Roll out rather thin, to about 1 /8-inch thickness.

Cut out small rounds using a 7-inch saucer or circle as a pattern.

Spoon some of your favorite fruit pie filling on one side.

Be sure your filling is fairly thick and cold or it will run.

Fold over and seal the edges well.

Deep fry in melted shortening about 2 inches deep until golden brown on both sides, 2 minutes per side.

Dip into the powdered sugar glaze and then put onto a baking sheet or cooling rack to cool before serving.

POWDERED SUGAR GLAZE

1 tbsp. butter

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. milk

1/8 tsp. salt

Put butter in 2 cup glass measure cup. Cook on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Add all ingredients. Starting with 1 1/2 tablespoons milk, add more only if needed to get glaze consistency. Drizzle over cool pie.

Perfect Apple Pie (Mom’s Recipe)

My mom baked this apple pie many times using the apples she grew in her backyard.

Maple-Apple Pie

 

Ingredients

6-8 Tart Apples, pared, cored, and thinly sliced (6 cups)

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tbsp Flour

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Dash Ground Nutmeg

Pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pie

2 Tbsp Butter

Directions

If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  Combine sugar, flour, spices and dash salt; mix with apples.

Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry.  Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter.  Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam; seal.  Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 50 minutes or until done.

Get ready for the most wonderful aroma to drift throughout your home.

Serve with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream and Redi Whip.

 

Blackberry Cobbler

Ingredients

1 Stick Butter, Melted

1 1/4 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Self-Rising Flour

1 Cup Milk

2 Cups Blackberries (frozen or fresh)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.  Butter a pie plate or bake pan.

Stir together 1 cup of the sugar and the flour into a mixing bowl.

Add the milk, whisking until combined.

Gently whisk in the butter until smooth.

Pour the batter into the buttered pan.

Sprinkle the blackberries over the top of the batter, distributing them evenly.

Bake for 1 hour, or until golden brown.

Serve with whipped cream and ice cream.

 

DARK CHOCOLATE BERRY BASKETS

November 9, 2015 Photo; For Use With AP Lifestyles

 

Ingredients

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 teaspoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted almonds

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (white, if you have it)

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

Ground black pepper

2 cups halved or quartered fresh strawberries (or other berries or orange segments, membranes and seeds removed)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

 

Directions

In a large glass or other microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and coconut oil. Microwave on 50 % power, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth, about 3 minutes.

Spread a few spoons of the melted chocolate into a silicone cupcake liner, using the back of the spoon to spread the chocolate up the side of the liner so it is evenly and thickly coated. Sprinkle the wet chocolate with a teaspoon of almonds and a tiny pinch of kosher salt. Repeat with 7 more liners. Chill the chocolate until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the vinegar, brown sugar and a pinch of pepper. Add the strawberries and toss to coat. Let sit to allow flavors to sit for at least 15 minutes. Immediately before serving, stir the mint into the strawberries, remove the chocolate baskets from the molds and spoon in the berries.

 

Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

7 cups Chocolate Chex cereal

¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter

1 bag (8.5 ounces) Dove Promises Sea Salt Caramel and Dark Chocolate candies

1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Place cereal pieces in a large bowl and set aside.

Unwrap chocolate candies and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add butter to saucepan, and melt over low heat, stirring constantly.

Once the chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat and pour it over your cereal, folding gently to evenly coat. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to coat cereal pieces, stirring and folding until all pieces are covered.

Blueberry Pie

blueberry pie

Ingredients

Pastry

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water

Filling

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cups blueberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon butter

Directions

In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and the salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.

In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/2 cup flour and the cinnamon. Stir in blueberries. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over blueberry mixture. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over blueberries. Cover with top pastry that has slits cut in it; seal and flute. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours.

Dewberry Dumplings

Dewberry Dumplings

Ingredients 

For the Berries

1 Quart Berries

2 Cups Sugar

2 Cups Water

½ Stick Butter

1 tsp Vanilla

For the Dumplings

½ Cup Flour

½ Cup Sugar

¼ tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Crisco

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 Egg

Directions

Wash berries. Cook berries with sugar and water on medium heat for 45 minutes.

Mix dry ingredients for dumplings; add egg and enough water to make a soft dough. Roll thin and cut into 1 inch squares. Drop on top of cooking berries cover and cook gently 10 to 12 minutes. Continue until all dumplings are cooked. As dumplings are cooked, remove from berries and place on a large platter. After all dumplings are cooked, add margarine and vanilla to berries and pour over dumplings. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream and Redi Whip.

Sweet Tea Pie

Sweet Tea Pie

Ingredients

6 oz cream cheese, softened

2 cups unsalted butter, softened and divided

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons

2 cups sugar

8 large egg yolks

3/4 cup strong steeped orange pekoe tea, cooled

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup butter until well combined. Add 2 1/2 cup flour and mix until the dough forms a ball. Pat the dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Chill until ready to use.

For the filling:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and sugar at medium speed until light. Add the yolks 1 at a time, beating at low speed until well incorporated. Slowly add the tea. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the 2 tablespoons flour, cornmeal, and salt and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared crust. Bake until set, about 45 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, and then chill for 2 hours before serving.