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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Vegies For Dessert....

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 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
layer thicker...

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


  1. Firstly, I am not a baker!! Ok, well a little, I LOVE to make cupcakes but THATS IT!!! That being said, I really enjoy your baking posts and can imagine being in the kitchen with you, with a cup of tea (or wine) and cheering you on. I know, only too well, the desire to hide under the covers. It's ok to do that every now and then and know that when you peak your head back out, we are here smiling back at you.

    She Knits in Pearls

  2. Yay! That's awesome about the potato candy turning out this time, I swear, I had a feeling that the third time would be the charm.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

    1. I just had to try! It was far too sweet for me tho


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