Today we made Mocha Layer Cake With Cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting!
2C chocolate chips, 1t salt, 3C flour, 1 1/2C brewed coffee, 1/4C skim milk, 4T cold butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa powder, 1 1/2T baking powder
Frosting: 5T skim milk, 1/2C cocoa, 5 to 5 1/2C powdered sugar, sifted, 4 oz cream cheese
Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips with coffee. Stir until blended. Cool.
In bowl, sift together dry ingredients including sugar. Blend in butter. Mixture should still be powdery. Stir in skim milk and coffee mixture.
Fold in remaining chocolate chips.
Turn into 2 greased, round 8″ cake pans.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set and cakes come away from sides of pans. Cool. Remove cakes from pans. Frost: Mix all frosting ingredients until spreadable.
Spread 1/3 of frosting on bottom cake layer.
Cover with top cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides. Chill until ready to serve.
Today we made Frozen Blueberry Fudge Pie!
1 pint fresh blueberries, slightly mashed; 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk; 1C chocolate chips, 1 graham cracker pie shell
Melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
Add mashed blueberries. Blend well.
Turn into pie shell.
Today we made Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars!
Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C flour
Filling: 1/2C butter, 2/3C brown sugar, 1/4C light corn syrup, 3/4C coarsely chopped, roasted, salted almonds; 3/4C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. For crust: Beat butter with sugar.
Work in egg and flour.
Press into greased, square pan. Bake 15 minutes. For filling: In saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Boil 2 minutes without stirring.
Quickly stir in almonds and walnuts.
Spread over baked crust.
Bake 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling. Immediately spread on chocolate chips evenly. Gently press down. Loosen edges of bars with serrated knife. Cool.
Chill until of desired consistency. Cut into bars.
Today we made Raspberry Chocolate Sauce Cake!
2T butter, 1C chocolate chips, 1C raspberry preserves, 1T almond extract, 2/1 2C flour, 1/2C brown sugar, 2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1C chocolate chips, 1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4C brown sugar, 2 1/2C boiling water
Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter and 1C chocolate chips.
Mix in preserves.
In bowl, sift together dry ingredients, except for brown sugar. Mix in 1/2C brown sugar. Add to butter mixture. Press into greased 9″ X 13″ rectangular pan.
In bowl, sift cocoa. Mix with 1/4C brown sugar. Stir in 1C chocolate chips. Pour boiling water over this. Stir until cocoa is dissolved. Pour on top of batter in pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set. Serve warm. Just to overdo it, serve with chocolate syrup.
Today we made Almond Cracker Candy!
1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C white sugar, 1/4C sweetened, condensed milk, 1T butter, 3/4C coarsely chopped almonds, 1T almond extract, 2T corn syrup, 1C chocolate chips, 8-10 rectangular crackers, such as “Wasa”– made with wheat flour (NOT rye flour)
Place crackers on foil-lined jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with elevated sides. Crackers need not fill up the whole sheet. Mix sugars, milk, butter and corn syrup in large, heavy saucepan.
Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until candy thermometer reaches 235F.
Remove from heat and stir in extract. Mixture will sizzle.
Spread onto crackers, coating evenly.
Melt chocolate chips and spread on top.
Sprinkle almonds on top.
Press in almonds lightly with spoon.
Cool. Freeze 2 or more hours. Break into pieces. Eat.
Today we made Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies!
1C chocolate chips, 3T butter, 2 small bananas, mashed; 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa, 1/4C each of coarsely chopped almonds, cashews and walnuts
Melt chocolate chips with butter, stirring constantly until smooth.
Remove from heat. Stir in sugar.
Cool 20 minutes. In bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F.
Add eggs to chocolate mixture. Blend well.
Alternately add dry ingredients and mashed bananas, beginning and ending with dry, in thirds, just until blended.
Stir in nuts.
Drop by T, 1″ apart, onto foil-lined cookie sheets. Batter will be thin.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges start to come away from foil.
Today we made Frozen Coconut Marshmallow Fudge Pie!
1C chocolate chips, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2C mini marshmallows, 2C sweetened shredded coconut, 1/4C skim milk, 1 graham cracker pie shell
Melt chocolate with sweetened, condensed milk over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
Stir in skim milk.
Add coconut and marshmallows. Blend well.
Turn into pie shell.
Today we made Cherry Brownies!
1C chocolate chips, 4T butter, 1C brown sugar, 1/2C flour, 1/4t salt, 2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 2 eggs
Melt chocolate chips and butter, stirring until smooth.
Remove from heat and add brown sugar. Set aside 20 minutes to cool.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Stir in slightly beaten eggs.
Add salt and flour.
Mix in cherries.
Turn into greased, 8″ or 9″ rectangular or square cake pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center emerges clean. Cool before cutting.
Today we made PB Chocolate Chip Cookies!
4 1/2C flour, 2T baking soda, 1t salt, 1 1/2C brown sugar, 1 1/2C sugar, 5 large eggs, 1T almond extract, 3C chocolate chips, 1C creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350F.
Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream peanut butter and sugars until smooth.
Add eggs (5, total). Blend well.
Stir in almond extract.
Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.
Mix in chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and place on foil-lined cookie sheets.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 4 dozen.
Today we made Frozen Banana Fudge Pie!
1 graham cracker pie shell, 2 small bananas or 1 medium banana, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C chocolate chips, 1/2C skim milk
Slice banana into thin disks and place in pie shell in one layer.
Melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
Remove from heat. Add skim milk. Stir until smooth.
Pour over bananas.
Freeze until of desired consistency. Bananas will rise to the top.