Have you ever heard of the Fabulous Beekman Boys? I had. That was it. Then last summer when I went to New York to meet my lovely goatsisters, I was treated to some of their goat milk caramel sauce. After all, a gay couple that are goat farmers–that’s a crazy goat lady’s dream come true! Click on the picture to visit their website.
Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, the Beekman Boys
When they went on the Amazing Race last fall, a lot of us goatsisters spent our Sunday evenings watching them race around the world connected by Facebook. When they won, goatsisters reveled in their victory! It was especially sweet to hear them talk about giving back and wanting to help other small farmers live their dreams and get to farm full time. You’ve all heard me talk about how much I wished I could stay home and farm full time, so when I saw they came out with the “Mortgage Lifter” Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce as a way to raise money to help other small farmers, I just had to buy some.
Then I saw they were having a contest and encouraging people to share their recipes. Well, I like trying new things in the kitchen. Then I saw the parenthetical comment about how impressed they would be if someone shared a dessert recipe…That’s as good as double-dog-daring me.
Chocolate Spice Cake
Mix together thoroughly (with a mixer to get all those lovely chunks of tomato blended):
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup “Mortgage Lifter” Heirloom Tomato Sauce
Here’s that “point of no return” moment when I added the pasta sauce to the bowl.
2 cups all- purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup nuts (optional)
Bake in at greased and floured bundt pan at 350* for about 30 minutes (until a toothpick comes out cleanly)
In a double boiler mix and melt:
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup margarine
2 Tbsp milk
Add enough powdered sugar to get the consistency you desire.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
I’m happy to report that I liked the cake, but the real test was letting someone taste it not knowing my secret ingredient! My dear nephew, Brandon, was my guinea pig. He was enjoying the cake, which I told him I was entering in a contest and needed an honest opinion. His answer was that it was good. If only I’d had the camera when I leaned close and whispered, “It has spaghetti sauce in it.” The look of bewilderment and disbelief was priceless!
I’m happy to say I even got to try out the sauce on my spaghetti! It’s good. It tastes homemade, and I hate to admit it, but it’s even better than my home canned sauce.
I would encourage you to try this tomato sauce and if you like it, you can even ask your local grocery chain to stock it. Let’s help the Beekman Boys help small farmers.
I did not receive any compensation for this glowing review. I even had to buy the sauce to try and create the recipe. That’s okay because it’s for a good cause.
Linking to Homestead Barn Hop, Clever Chick’s Blog Hop, Macro Monday and Mosaic Monday.