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American Sponge Cake ~ Success!

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This sponge cake recipe is full-proof! I have made it twice already and both with wonderful results!
This is from someone who hardly bakes. Great slices of cake to pack into kids lunch boxes as a special school tea cake to have them thinking of their Mommy. 😉

Taken from The Cake Bible ~ Rose Levy Beranbaum

Ingredients (all in room temperature):

  1. 2 tablespoons water
  2. 1/5 teaspoon vanilla
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  4. 1 1/3 cups sifted cake flour
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 6 large eggs, separated yolks & whites
  7. 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl combine water, vanilla & lemon zest
  • Remove 1 tablespoon of the sugar and reserve to beat with the whites
  • In another smaller bowl which together the flour and 3 tablespoons of the sugar
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the yolks and the remaining 3/4 cup sugar on high speed for 5minutes or until the mixture is very thick and ribbons with dropped from the beater.
  • Lower the speed and gradually add the water mixture. Increase to high speed beat for 30 seconds.
  • Shift the flour mixture over the yolk mixture without mixing in and set aside.
  • Beat the whites until foamy, add the cream of tartar, and beat until soft peaks form when the beater is raised.
  • Beat in reserved 1 tablespoon sugar and beat until very stiff peaks form when the beater is raised slowly.
  • Add 1/3 of the whites to the yolk mixture and with a large skimmer or rubber spatula fold until incorporated. Gently fold in the remaining 2 batches.
  • Pour into the pan. (It will a little more then 1/2 full)
  • Run a small metal spatula or knife though the batter to prevent air pockets.
  • Back for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and the cake tester comes out clean.
  • Suspend the pan tube opening over the neck of a wine or soda bottle well above the counter to allow it to cool completely. (think might take about 1hr)
  • Loosen the sides with a long metal spatula. Invert onto a wire rack or serving plate. Wrap airtight

This stores for a good 5-6days in the refrigerator or frozen for 2months.

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Afternoon Tea

There’s a line I heard just today that got me in front of the computer nodding my head in total agreement with.

It goes,

“Do you want to know the diet for America, the one diet that would work… Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself.”

Well right now I want Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 24 cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 to 6 ounces dark chocolate chips or chunks

coarse sea salt, for topping (optional)

Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat for 1 minute more.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the butter and egg mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined.

Stop the mixer and stir in the chocolate chunks.

Scoop dough using a small cookie scoop, or by rolling dough by the heaping tablespoonful. Place on cookie sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each dough ball.

Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until cookies are just done. It’s even ok if these cookies are slightly under baked. Try your darndest not to over bake them. Allow to rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool before storing. Cookies are best within 3 days of baking.

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Down & Out

Women

Why do people especially women strive to be perfect. To show that they are superwomen. Aren’t we that already without having to proof it to other women. It’s not like the man are bothered enough to notice. I think we women strive to keep up or even compete to be the best mother, wife, cook, daughter… against our own kind. The strive to have the perfect well brought up kids and getting that perfect fit body, cook gorgeous meals for family and guests while at the same time running a thriving business.

It’s important to find time to break away. Not everyday is a day to accomplish something. Sometimes a day of purely catching up on sleep and a book is equally important. To clear your mind to see what’s most important in life. I hope this up coming holiday would allow me to do that.

Turkey

First image from here. Second image from here.

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Party Food Ideas

I like to think that I’m a brilliant cook. However reality is that I’m still very wet behind the ears when it comes to hosting dinner parties. I always play it safe and make dishes that I’ve made many times before but try to get away with a new dessert or appetizer. Anyway, who’s to say that every dinner party needs to be stressful.

Especially when its easy to pinch some gorgeous recipies from Camille Styles

Or this Chicken and White Bean Chilli (Recipe Here)