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Chocolate Frozen Custard

This frozen custard is similar to what you will find throughout the midwest. We especially like Sheridan’s frozen custard at the Crown Center in Kansas City. This recipe is for two as you will want to eat it the same day you make it (you can always multiply the recipe with no problems).

Make sure you use whole milk and heavy cream otherwise the texture won’t be correct.

It is based on the Chocolate Frozen Custard recipe at Serious Eats.

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Pullman Loaf

This recipe makes the perfect white bread for sandwiches (especially grilled cheese). Because it has butter and sugar, it takes almost a week before it goes stale if you keep it wrapped in plastic. It is based on a Martha Stewart recipe and won a 2nd place ribbon at the San Diego County Fair in 2013.

Note: A Pullman loaf pan has a lid so that each slice is a perfect square. You can also make it in a standard loaf plan.

Pullman Loaf

Pullman Loaf

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Mudslide Cookies

This recipe makes cookies that are satsifyingly crunchy on the outside and velvety soft on the inside. It is based on a Martha Stewart recipe and won a 3rd place ribbon at the San Diego County Fair in 2013.

Mudslide Cookies

Mudslide Cookies

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Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet

At the height of blueberry season, when blueberries are at their lowest cost, I buy as much as I can. I individually quick freeze them on a cookie sheet and vacuum seal in 24 ounce bags with my Food Saver. When the berries are defrosted they retain their fresh flavor but lose their texture. This recipe is perfect for frozen blueberries. The buttermilk adds a tartness that works well with the sweetness of the blueberries.

I adapted this recipe from Three Berry Buttermilk Sherbet from the June 2010 Sunset Magazine.

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Dark Chococolate Mocha Cookies

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cookies

These cookies are based on the Marta Stewart recipe for Dark-Chocolate Espresso Cookies. They are crunchy on top and soft on the bottom and middle.  The salt along with the espresso powder adds a bit of complexity to the recipe.

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Mocha Morsel Meringues

These little cookies are taken from a Martha Stewart recipe. If you like contrasting textures in a cookie you will love these. They are light brown and crunchy outside, dark brown soft and gooey inside. They are also gluten-free and kosher for Passover.

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Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake

Although the cake looks dense each layer is very light and so is the filling. I hate frosting cakes and the ganache frosting in this recipe is easy to apply. The recipe is based on the Fine Cooking Cinnamon-Caramel-Ganache Layer Cake.

Makes 1 cake (about 12 servings).

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons + ¼ cups water
  • 4 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup sugar

Frosting

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • Pinch of table salt
  • 6 tablespoons cool water

Cake

  • 1 ½ ounces unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup lukewarm + ½ cup cool water
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cake flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten

Recipe

Filling

  1. Bring the cream, salt and 2 tablespoons of water to a simmer.
  2. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl and set a strainer over it.
  3. Pour ¼ cup water in a 3-quart saucepan. Pour the sugar in the center of the pan and pat it down until it is evenly moistened. Cover pan and cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves (2 – 4 minutes). Uncover and cook without stirring until the syrup begins to color (about 1 minute). Reduce heat to medium and cook until the caramel turns red-amber (about 1 – 2 minutes). If the syrup colors unevenly swirl the pan gently. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cream mixture. Return to low heat and simmer stirring constantly until the caramel is completely dissolved (1 – 3 minutes).
  4. Pour the caramel cream through the strainer. Whisk until the chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Scrape into a wide shallow bowl, cover loosely, cool and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled (at least 4 hours and up to three days).

Frosting

  1. Put the chocolate, butter, corn syrup and salt in a metal bowl set over barely simmering water. Stir gently until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.
  2. Take the bowl off the water and stir in water. Let cool and thicken without stirring at room temperature for at least three hours (the consistency should be like chocolate pudding).

Cake

  1. Line the bottom of three 9×2-inch round cake pans with parchment. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a bowl whisk cocoa powder and lukewarm water. In another bowl mix buttermilk and cool water. In a third bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt and sift them three times.
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat the butter on medium speed until creamy (15 seconds). Add the white and brown sugars gradually while beating until the mixture lightens in color and appears sandy but fluffy (5 minutes). Add the eggs slowly over the course of one minute. Continue to beat for a few more seconds until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Stop the mixer and add the cocoa mixture. Beat on medium speed until just combined. Stop the mixer and add one-quarter of the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until just incorporated. Stop the mixer and add one-third of the buttermilk. Repeat, scraping the bowl as needed, until all the flour and buttermilk have been added.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans. Bake 17 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes for five minutes and then turn on to racks, remove the parchment and cool completely.

Assemble Cake

  1. Beat the chilled filling in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment at medium speed until very thick and stiff enough to hold it’s shape but still spreadable (1 – 2 minutes). Put a cake layer upside down on a cake circle and spread half the filling evenly all the way to the edge of the layer. Top with a second upside down layer and gently press in place. Spread the remaining filling on the second layer. Top with the third layer, also upside down. Smooth any filling that protrudes from the sides.
  2. With an offset spatula spread a thin crumb-coat layer of frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Put cake in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set the crumb-coat. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  3. Garnish as desired.