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Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake – A small batch

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Well, actually a quarter-sheet cake for a small batch. Most pans measure 12”x 10”, while some others are 13”x 9”. It’s not a fussy recipe, so I don’t think it matters much. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find out how moist the  cake actually was.

First the cake…
1 cup AP flour
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup full-fat plain yogurt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

…then the frosting
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons full-fat plain yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Lightly spray a quarter-sheet pan with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper and spray again, then set aside

Mix boiling water and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside
combine the rest of the cake ingredients before adding the boiling water and cocoa mixture
mix very well and pour into the prepared pan

Bake cake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

While the cake bakes, make the frosting
mix all the ingredients together until well-combined and smooth

When the cake comes out of the oven, test with a toothpick that is inserted and comes out clean
immediately pour the frosting over the cake, spreading it evenly with a spatula

Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving

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August 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

French Toast – A small batch

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Just in case there’s someone out there that needs a refresher.

1 or 2 slices of bread
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
splash of vanilla
pinch of cinnamon

Mix the egg, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a shallow container
dip the bread into the custard, allowing it to absorb most of it
pan fry in a little bit of butter or oil, until well browned

Serve with sugar, syrup, and or fruit

 

July 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm 2 comments

Thai Style Sticky Rice with Mango – A small batch

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1/2 cup glutinous (sweet) rice
1 mango, peeled and cubed (I prefer the golden Asian variety)
1/2 cup coconut milk
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
sprinkling of sesame seeds, optional
parchment paper

Soak the rice overnight

Prepare a steamer over boiling water lined with parchment paper

Drain the rice and spread it out in the lined steamer
steam the rice, covered for 20 minutes

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat up the coconut milk for a minute
add the salt and sugar
heat again for another minute
stir to make sure sugar and salt are dissolved
set aside

When the rice is cooked, transfer it in to a bowl
pour the hot coconut milk over the rice (reserve a tablespoon or so for garnish)
mix well with the rice
keep stirring until it becomes a thick consistency
the rice will slowly absorb all the coconut milk

Allow to cool to room temperature
serve with a garnish of the reserved coconut milk syrup and sesame seeds

July 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm 2 comments

Citrus Soufflé for One

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FYI, soufflés are not hard to make and are very forgiving!

1 egg, separated into different bowls (the yolk needs to go into a heat-proof bowl)
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 teaspoons flour
1 tablespoon citrus juice of choice
1/2 teaspoon zest
pinch of salt
1 four-ounce ramekins

Preheat oven to 400°F
prepare ramekin by greasing and sprinkling with sugar to coat the inside completely
bring approximately 1 inch of water to a slow boil in a sauce pan, or use a double boiler

Whisk together the egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, flour, salt, zest, and juice
place over the boiling water
whisking continuously, warm until thickened
once it begins to thicken, remove from heat and set aside

Now beat egg white and remaining sugar to stiff peaks

Fold beaten egg white into yolk mixture
fill the ramekin
run your thumb along the ramekin edge to create an indent and clean up any drops

Lower oven temperature to 350°F
place filled ramekin on cookie sheet
bake for 15-20 minutes

For Two
2 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons juice
1 teaspoon zest
pinch of salt
2 four-ounce ramekins

The perfect rule to follow: 1 egg per person/serving. If you’re cooking for 3 people, make a 3-egg soufflé, increasing ingredients incrementally.

June 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Dutch Baby – A small batch

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
powdered sugar
a small oven-safe skillet

Place the skillet in the oven while it preheats to 425°F

Combine the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl
let the batter rest 20 minutes, giving the flour time to absorb the liquid

Melt the butter in the hot skillet after removing from the preheated oven
swirl the pan to melt the butter and coat the bottom and sides of the pan

Pour the batter into the buttered pan, swirling the pan so the batter coats the bottom evenly

Place the skillet back in the oven
bake until the Dutch baby is puffed, lightly browned across the top, and darker brown on the sides and edges, 15 to 20 minutes

Serve hot, dusted with powdered sugar, and cut into wedges
or serve with maple syrup, fruit, or jam

May 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Mini Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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You’ll need two 28-ounce cans for this lovely little cake. Remove the label, make sure that little spike from where the can opener released the lid is pressed flat, and clean well.

3/4 cup  + 2 tablespoons AP flour
1/4 cup  + 2 tablespoons sour dairy (yogurt, buttermilk, or sour cream)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons chopped nuts
2 tablespoons crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350°F

Mix all the ingredients together
fill the prepared cans
bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cakes come out clean
once done, let cool in the cans for 15 minutes before removing and finish cooling on a rack
when completely cool slice each layer in half lengthwise

Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the ingredients together until smooth

Frost and build your cake
if your cakes are a bit domed, just slice that part off

May 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Halvah – A small batch

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More adventures in candy making.
My mother’s really going to kill me for this one. She absolutely adores halvah. Good thing it’s a small batch. =)

1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup of tahini paste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
candy thermometer
metal loaf pan, greased and lined with parchment

Pour sugar into a heavy sauce pan
pour the water over the sugar, don’t stir
bring to a boil over high heat
using the thermometer bring to a temperature of 260°F

Pour the tahini and vanilla into a microwave-safe bowl
zap for a minute or so just before the sugar syrup is ready
temperature of the tahini needs should be 100 – 110°F

Add the warmed tahini to the sugar syrup
remove from heat
mix well until incorporated
pour into the prepared loaf pan
even out the mixture quickly with a heatproof utensil before it begins to set up

Allow to rest and cool in the pan for a minumum of 12 hours at room temperature

May 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

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