Friday, December 18, 2015

Minny's Chocolate Pie

1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
4 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. 
  3. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway through baking. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream. 

From: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/minnys-chocolate-pie  

Fudge Frosting



    1/2 cup butter
    3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
    1 pound confectioners' sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 cup milk


  1. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave, or in the top of a double boiler. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the milk. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture. Add remaining milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Let stand until spreadable (frosting will thicken as it cools).

From: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/8486/carolines-chocolate-fudge-frosting/
 


Yellow Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour, self-rising
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare 3 9-inch cake pans.
  3. Cream butter til fluffy and then add sugar and cream for about 8 more minutes.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and cream after each.
  5. Add flour and buttermilk, alternately, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Add vanilla and beat well.
  7. Divide among pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.
  8. Turn out of pans onto cooling racks and allow to cool completely.
Adapted from: http://addapinch.com/cooking/southern-caramel-cake-recipe/

Buttermilk Biscuts

Preheat oven to 450. Spray your baking pan (I use a 13x9) so they don't stick.


2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter
1 cup butter milk

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
  • If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
  • If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  • Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about 1/2" thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
  • Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  • You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
  • Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  • If you like"crusty" sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
  • Do not overbake.
  • Note: The key to real biscuits is not in the ingredients, but in the handling of the dough.
  • The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
  • I have found that a food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of overmixing.
  • You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
  • Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
  • Note 2: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them for up to a month.
  • When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.
From: http://www.food.com/recipe/southern-buttermilk-biscuits-26110