|This week has certainly had it's memorable|
moments in baking....
just like the title of this old book cover.
So did you miss me? Life has been a handful this past week, I shall not go into details, but let's just say it has been often recently that I have wanted to hide under the covers and stay there!! I know we all have those weeks. I decided to just not push myself. So that would be why there has not been a weekly post as of late. Plus technology has not been my friend. But, moving on, this week is not a life post, it is a baking post. I have both a new recipe for you as well as a take THREE on one that I have shared with you in the past. Let's get started!
So as the title suggests, we are having our vegies for dessert! The first is a recipe that the main ingredient is tomato soup! Now many times I have seen tomato soup used in chocolate cake recipes, but never as the main ingredient as it is in this case! I had my reservations as did my family, but I was determined to give it a whirl. You know what, it was not bad, in fact I rater liked it. I made a few tweaks, but nothing major and nothing that would change anything taste wise. I will go over those in a bit.
I will not bore you with all the prep photos. I am sure you can imagine what they look like, so instead I will go over a few things. The first, it says to cream butter and sugar, then it does not tell you what to do with it and when. I guessed that you add it in when combining all the wet and dry. Then it says to sit the flour and THEN measure it. So I sifted two cups of all purpose, not cake flour, and then I added all the dry ingredients, sifted again, so a total of four times!!! Now it mentions adding soda, but not if it was soda pop, or baking soda, so I took a chance and well I added both, I used soda water in with the soup, it did not change a thing, and I used baking soda in the dry ingredients. I then added the dry and wet as instructed in with the never mentioned again butter and sugar mix. It was a VERY thick muffin type batter, so there was no "pouring" into the loaf pan. I could see this being in individual muffins, even tho it said the loaf pan was "VERY" important. I will say it took my oven 55 minutes to bake and it peaked like a bread loaf, so maybe it was supposed to be liquid soda?? I did exactly as said with the frosting, but found myself needing to add extra dry coco, thinking baking chocolate squares I used was not the same equivalent to those in the recipe...but we adapted and frosting came out perfect.
So how did it taste? It was very dense like a good vegie bread, but very moist and well, it actually was really tasty!! it just tasted like a spice cake with chocolate frosting. Changes? Well I would add a bit of spice to the frosting and actually it could be skipped and a light glaze used or even a crumb or raw sugar topping and be just fine. In fact next time I think I will make muffins and skip the frosting. Sol I mark this Ruby's Musings Approved!
On to the next thing. Potato Candy! YES! I tried it a third time. If you have not read about my last two attempts, go to the web version of my blog and in the side bar there is a Recipes label and you can read all about it in the post(s) under there. This time I had success!!! Changes, I used a Yukon Gold potato, just one, the size of my hand. I microwaved it, tho you could bake it. No boiling this time. I skinned it and mashed with butter and a bit of vanilla....not much of either...maybe 2 tbsp of butter and a splash of vanilla. I then put in a load of powder sugar until I got a dough. Tip....make sure that potato mash is super smooth! I then was able to roll it out on wax paper , and actually used my hands to shape it...be sure to dust your hands and paper with more powdered sugar. I spread the smooth peanut butter on it....I used a thin smear, but next time I would do it twice as thick. I rolled it into a log and shaped it within the paper and then popped it into the fridge to firm up so I could slice it.
|I would have rolled out thinner and made the PB|
|How did it taste? It was super sweet...even for me..|
so I think half coco mixed with powdered sugar and a
thicker layer of PB is the way to go...BUT that being said,
it was not bad.
Till next time..... xx