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Monday, October 21, 2013

Queen Anne Cake

A rich chocolate cake with whipped icing.  The icing has a 7 oz. chocolate bar shaved into it, so you know it will be delicious!

Ingredients

Cake:
1 box Swiss Chocolate cake mix or 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
 
Icing:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
7 ounce Hershey's chocolate bar
1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping

Directions

Mix cake and pudding mix together.
In another bowl beat oil, eggs and milk.
Add to dry mixture and beat well.
Pour into 3 well-greased 9-inch cake pans.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-25 minutes.

FOR ICING: 
Shave chocolate bar into small bowl.
In separate bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugars until very creamy.
Fold chocolate shavings into cream cheese mixture.
Fold in whipped topping.
Ice between the layers and on the top and sides of cake.
Leave top plain, sprinkle on chocolate chips, or garnish with chocolate curls.
 
Happy munching!
 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Apple Pull-Apart Bread

The blog has been idle for a while, but we are back with some tasty recipes for the fall weather.  This apple pull-apart bread is perfect to welcome the season.  We made the filling with freshly canned apples, and the taste was delicious.  Try it warm for a dessert or just eat it as an ooey-gooey snack!


Ingredients

Dough:
3 c. All-purpose flour
1 package yeast
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. water
1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. butter

Filling:
** We used freshly canned apples for the filling ** 
6 small apples, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Glaze:
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2/4 c. powdered sugar
3 tsp. half & half (or milk)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a bread pan.
In a skillet, cook apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, vanilla, butter, cinnamon, and cornstarch until mixture is thickened.  Set aside to cool.
Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles; remove from heat.  Add the butter and stir until melted; set aside.
Put flour, yeast, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl; mix well.
Add the water, egg, and milk/butter mixture.
Mix until dough forms into a ball; knead for an additional five minutes.
On a well floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle.
Evenly spread apple mixture over dough.
Cut dough into even squares (we got 20 squares from our dough)
Carefully stack pieces of dough onto each other forming four piles (use a spatula to make stacking easier)
Place piles of dough into prepared pan, laying them sideways.
Bake 45-50 minutes until golden brown.  Immediately remove from pan.
Mix butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add half & half; stir until you get a creamy consistency.
Pour on glaze and allow glaze to set for a few minutes.
 Pull apart the bread and enjoy!

Happy munching!