Vanilla Bean Frosting

19 Oct
This frosting is amazing! The vanilla bean gives the icing such a subtle flavor while at the same time leaving its tell-tale black flecks. When topped with a maraschino cherry I think that this is on of the most eye-catching ways to dress up...
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Tomato Basil Omelet with Feta and Goat Cheese

15 Oct

It’s that time of year! Everyone I know is harvesting their tomatoes and my counters are over flowing with them! One of my all time favorite tomato recipes is this one. The basil is really what makes it!

4 eggs

1 tomato diced

2 tbsp goat cheese

1/2-1 cup cubed feta

Dried basil

oil for the pan

Heat your favorite frying pan to medium heat. Add the oil and be sure to coat the pan with it. Pour in 4 beaten eggs and sprinkle a generous amount of the basil over top of the eggs. while the eggs are cooking get to work chopping your tomato and crumbling your feta. I like really big chunks of feta.by the time you are finished that the omelet should be ready to flip. Once your omelet is flipped spread the goat cheese along on half of the omelet add tomatoes and feta and fold the empty half over all the ingredients. I usually cut the omelet in half (because there are two of us) and then slide the omelet onto the plate. This really does pair well with asparagus but it is just fine on its own too.

If you don’t happen to have goat cheese it is just fine with out it. Also, if you happen to have fresh basil I would chop the basil and add it with the tomatoes rather than adding it to the eggs.

Chocolate Kahlua Dream cake!

2 Oct

Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Frosting and Filling

If you are in the mood for a rich cake drenched in booze then this is your cake. It’s not a good idea to serve this one around the kids. The Kahlua frosting is delicious and the Kahlua filling pushes it right over the edge. If you’re in the mood for a more subtle flavor then simply omit the filling and substitute the Kahlua butter-cream between the layers. A delicious cake! It’s difficult to only eat one piece.

Cake:

Start with your favorite from scratch chocolate cake or box mix. If you do want to use a box mix be sure to read my blog Lazy Cakes about making a box cake taste richer. I’ll include my basic chocolate cake recipe if you don’t have your own favorite.

Cake

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Instructions:

Start by preheating your oven to 350°. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before adding the dry into the wet 1/3 at a time. Reserve the boiling water for the end and stir it in by hand. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

 

Filling:

One pack of instant vanilla pudding. Mix the pudding powder with one cup of Kahlua. Cover filling with plastic wrap and allow to thicken in the fridge. or if you want it soak right into the cake you can gently poke a few holes into the cake and pour it on and let it set once it’s soaked into the cake. I prefer it the last way.

If you’re anything like me I’m sure that you head is spinning with possibilities right now! Just think of all of the different liquors you can mix with pudding!! There will be a tequila and lime cake on here in the future. I can promise you that!

Butter-cream:

Follow the instructions for a half recipe of the Swiss Meringue Butter-Cream. When it comes time to add the flavor add 1/4 cup of Kahlua and omit the vanilla.

Put it all Together:

I made this cake as a 6 inch. The flavors are pretty rich to be much larger than that. If you do decide on an 8 inch you will have enough frosting and filling so don’t worry about that.

Pipe a wall of frosting around the top of the bottom cake this will prevent spilling and dripping. Spoon the filling onto the bottom cake.

Place the top cake on the bottom one and spread the butter-cream on in a thin layer as a crumb coat to catch all of the crumbs. Place the cake in the fridge and allow ten minutes at least for the butter-cream to harden.

When the butter-cream is hard spread on a thicker layer of butter-cream as your top coat. decorate in which ever style is your favorite. I like to use the remaining filling as a topper over the butter-cream to make it look extra fancy! Then add your favorite chocolates to garnish.

This cake really is best if it has a day to sit and allow the filling to soak into the cake.