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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A great carrot cake recipe of my dear twin sister Heleen. I have been having this one for years and thought it’s about time I put this one on the web for you also to enjoy 🙂 Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since 

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

The pound cake is a British Creation dating back to the 17th Century. The name (Pound Cake) comes from the fact that the original pound cakes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. No leaveners were used other than the air whipped 

Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Down the street of my work is The Calvary Episcopal Church, located on 102 N. Second St. Downtown Memphis. This Church has a Memphis tradition dating back to 1928. People of different faiths gather during Lent to break bread together in Calvary’s Waffle Shop dining hall.

Last year was the first time I had the pleasure to taste this Chocolate Bourbon Cake. This year they had the same menu again and yes this Chocolate Bourbon Cake was there again. I asked for the recipe on Facebook, and lucky me and you they shared this recipe 🙂

Surprisingly this is one of the easiest cakes to make. If you are lucky you will be able to find the lady finger cookies at your local grocery store. Then it’s a no bake cake. If you are not that fortunate, you have to make your own lady fingers. No worry I have a recipe for that to.

Well this year (2014) the church was selling their cookbooks. Now you know I had to have one of those. I probably will make some other dishes out of their cookbook. But I don’t know about that fish pudding dish…………

Ingredients

1/2 lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
6 squares unsweetened chocolate
6 eggs
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 dozen lady fingers
2 oz. Bourbon
1 pint ( 2 cups) heavy cream

Instructions

1. Wet 2 standard loaf pans and line with Saran Wrap. Melt chocolate and cool slightly. Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

2. Whip the cream and season with Bourbon.

3. 1st layer: lady fingers that have been halved
2nd layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture per pan
3rd layer: 1/4 cup whipped cream mixture per pan
4th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan
5th layer: lady fingers
6th layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture pan
7th layer: 1/4 whipped cream per pan
8th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan

4. Cover each loaf pan with Saran Wrap and freeze. To serve, slice frozen and put on plates (it does not take long to thaw at room temperature).

*Arrisje’s Recipe Card. Right Click on the pic below. Save to your hard drive and print as a 4×6*

Chocolate Bourbon Cake
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 eggs
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ dozen lady fingers
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 pint ( 2 cups) heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Wet 2 standard loaf pans and line with Saran Wrap. Melt chocolate and cool slightly. Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  2. Whip the cream and season with Bourbon.
  3. st layer: lady fingers that have been halved
  4. nd layer: ¼ chocolate mixture per pan
  5. rd layer: ¼ cup whipped cream mixture per pan
  6. th layer: ¼ chopped pecans per pan
  7. th layer: lady fingers
  8. th layer: ¼ chocolate mixture pan
  9. th layer: ¼ whipped cream per pan
  10. th layer: ¼ chopped pecans per pan
  11. Cover each loaf pan with Saran Wrap and freeze. To serve, slice frozen and put on plates (it does not take long to thaw at room temperature).

 

 

Valentines Strawberry Cake

Valentines Strawberry Cake

The History of Valentines Day:

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday. The history of Valentine’s Day, and its patron saint,is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite. Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men, his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl (who may have been his jailor’s daughter) who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women. Found this info on history.com

Chocolate Ganache Bourbon Cake

Chocolate Ganache Bourbon Cake

A chocolate Ganache is just chocolate melted and beaten into heavy cream. It’s a magic substance; it can be a glaze, a filling, a coating, a solid truffle it just depends on the ratio of cream to chocolate. I like a ratio of a bit