Wacky Cake

Guess what this cake is missing?  Can’t do it?  Then read on … My husband was listening to the radio a few days ago and the reporter was discussing money saving recipes.  One recipe was from the Great Depression called Wacky Cake. In an effort to save money, and because food items such as eggs, butter and milk were selling for a premium, home cooks had to use what was on hand.  Wacky Cake is one such ‘make do’...

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Crepes with Fresh Fruit, Whipped Cream and Ganache

Sounds fancy, right?  Well, it is fancy but it is not as complicated as you might think.  If you have never made crepes before then you need to know a few things. First, the thinner the crepe the better.  Crepes are quite eggy and if you make them too thick they will overpower the dessert.  I use an 8 ” omelet pan to cook my crepes and I use 3/4 of a standard size ladle, which is about 1/4 cup of batter.  It will seem like you...

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Who Wants Pancakes??

We recently had an ice day I got to stay home with my husband and our three dogs.  On such occasions, which are few and far between in my part of Texas, I like to make a big breakfast to celebrate a day of unexpected freedom.  So, I made a big stack of fluffy homemade pancakes. Pancakes are a wonderful way to start the day, take ingredients you almost always have on hand, and they are dead simple to make.  My recipe is adapted from...

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Molten Chocolate Cakes

Many, many years ago, before I went to culinary school, I tried my first molten chocolate cake.  I was perplexed as to how they were able to have a perfectly firm cake on the outside while having a molten chocolate core inside.  I was sure it was done by placing some sort of frozen chocolate center into he cake before baking, or by injecting the cake with a hot center after it had come out of the oven. Now I know better. Molten...

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Apple Cake

Have you ever had a bag of apples sitting around and you don’t know what to do with it?  Well, I found myself with that problem a few weeks ago and I decided to get creative.  The results were outstanding and I want to share.  Green apples are tops in my book.  They bake well, they slice and eat well, and they are tangy, sweet and firm.  As much as I like just plain apple, I was getting a little tired of them after four days and...

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