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Should I Be Doing This

12 Aug

When I do a recipe for the blog, I like to come up with my own unique recipes.  Sometimes, I’m pretty confident things will turn out well; other times, I’m shocked if it’s edible.  Do you ever have one of those days when you start something and then wonder if you should be doing it?  Like you forget to take your margarine out to soften.  Then every time you try letting go of the spoon to measure your next ingredient, the spoon falls down into the batter.  No?  Me either.  Actually, that’s exactly what happened when I decided to try my Chocolate Macaroon Beet Cake.

After creaming the butter and sugar and mixing in the liquid stuff and the beets, I might have noticed that I hadn’t mashed all the beets really well and had to pick the chunks out to finish smashing.

Then I put the cocoa into all the liquid stuff, and decided maybe I should have put the flour in first because the cocoa and the batter were kind of like oil and water and refused to mix.  I tried using the electric mixer, and that just sent plumes of cocoa into the air.  So I added the flour and everything mixed perfectly then.

The macaroon filling was easy peasy!  No problems mixing it up.

Then I couldn’t decide how to bake it.  I like easy flat cake pans, but I was struggling with how to get the macaroon filling in each piece of cake.  I could drop a spoonfull into each piece, but that would require precise cutting, and I’m questionable at cutting a straight line on a good day.  I could just drizzle it everywhere randomly.  Then how would I cover it?  I finally decided I had to go with the bundt pan, which is traditional for a macaroon cake.  That meant going to the basement and finding it and removing all the dead bugs and washing, and I finally got to the point where I could use the pan!

I know the picture is out of order, but I really was just trying to get this done without thinking of all the pictures I would need.

I almost forgot to grease and flour it, but luckily I remembered in time.  Don’t worry.  If I hadn’t, I’d have eaten the cake out of the pan.  Seriously.  After greasing and flouring the pan, I put half my batter in.  I thought I did well because I only had one drip through the hole in the middle of the pan.

I spooned my macaroon filling on top.

Then I covered it with the rest of the cake batter.  I might have dripped a couple more times, but that just let me have a chance to taste the batter and make my predictions on how the cake will turn out.

The bundt pan also means I had to dig through the cupboards and find my cake platter, and that meant more bug removal and washing before I could use it.  But…

It’s blog worthy!  Seriously.  It turned out amazingly well considering it was not really one of my better baking days.

It is a rich decadant chocolate cake; the macaroon filling has a bit of tang, and the fudge sauce is yummy!  I can honestly say that because my official taste tester mom said so too.  Is there a better recommendation than “her mom said so?”

Macaroon Beet Cake

Cake batter:

1/2 C butter, softened
1 3/4 C sugar
2 eggs
1/2 Cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup beet puree
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa

In large mixing pan, cream together butter, sugar and eggs.  Add buttermilk, vanilla and beet puree.  Add the dry ingredients and beat till smooth.  Set aside.

Macaroon Filling:

8 oz chevre (or cream cheese)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
2 Cups coconut

Mix it all together.

Grease and flour a bundt pan.  Pour half the cake batter into the pan.  Spoon the macaroon filling around onto the center of the batter and cover with the rest of the batter.  Bake in a 350*F oven for 45 – 55 minutes.  When it is completely cooled, remove it from the pan and glaze with the fudge sauce.

Fudge Sauce:

In a double boiler, heat until everything is melted and smooth.  Drizzle over the top of the cake.

3/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. margarine
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla

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The Last Picking

28 Oct

With a hard freeze in the forecast for last night, I forgot to go see if there was anything left in the garden to pick.  I decided to see if anything was left today because, honestly, I don’t think we had a hard freeze.  I can say that with certainty because I found bell peppers.  The plants are some of the most sensitive to cold, and they look fine.

I was also surprised that I had so many tomatoes, and they were fine.

I knew the okra had already died down, but I still think the dried pods look pretty cool.

I was also surprised that I had any bottle gourds left out there.  That’s because they have become the dog’s favorite new toy.

Sky!  Actually, he’s chewing on the remains of pumpkin or squash.  I can’t tell which.

Sky

Finally, I got to what I went out to pick–the beets.  I had originally planted them because I wanted to let them go to seed and smell the flowers because of a novel, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.  Alas, my sister informed me that she always leaves her until it frosts, and she’s yet to see a flower.  We are guessing it’s because they are biannuals.  Maybe in a couple more years.

I actually got a pretty good haul from the garden.  I found a small cabbage and some Anaheim chili and jalapeno peppers.

Now I have to do something with all of these things before Sky steals them from my bucket.

Gardening

12 Jul

I’ve been working in my garden.  It’s looking pretty good for the most part.  I will say, Sky is not a big help in the garden.  There could probably be several puppy rules regarding garden etiquette.

The weather was not good for things like beets and beans to sprout.  We were horribly dry after I planted, and it has not gotten any better.  I think I have just a handful of beets that made it.

The tomatoes look great!  They were easier to water.  Luckily, I have well water, so I can water every night if I need to.

I’ve started picking zucchini–lots of zucchini.

I even found some cilantro out there that grew from what I planted last year!

I really look forward to all the great things I’m going to can.