1 box Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix with necessary ingredients to bake
1 cup Kraft Cooking Cream, Original Flavor
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring
Bake the cake according to package directions for two 8 or 9 inch round pans. Meanwhile, with mixer on lowest setting, blend together cooking cream and powdered sugar, adding sugar slowly. Add vanilla and mix completely. Keep glaze chilled until ready to assemble cake.
When cake is done and completely cooled, place bottom layer of cake on serving dish. Spread about 2 tablespoons of glaze gently over the top as the glue for the second layer of cake. Place the top layer over the glaze. Gently spread glaze over top of layer of cake. Keep cool in fridge until serving. Garnish just before serving.
1/2 cup Frozen cherries, chopped in food processor
1/4 cup plus 1/16 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
Soften ice cream about 15 seconds in microwave. (Microwaves vary. Mine is quite strong.) Add frozen cherries and mix together quickly. Line a container with sides with parchment paper. Spread ice cream carefully onto half of the cracker. Top with other half of the cracker and press down gently. Place the sandwich in the container. Repeat with the other graham crackers. Cover container and freeze overnight. (I believe Bon Appetit recommends at least 6 hours.)
When sandwiches are frozen, microwave the chocolate chips in about 15 second increments until they are melted and smooth. Add the oil. Working with each sandwich individually, cover one side of each sandwich with chocolate. Refreeze until chocolate is firm. I wrapped my sandwiches individually. They should have lasted a day or two if wrapped and protected in a sealed container.
Peacefood Cafe was recommended to us by Leigh at Marvelous Kiddo. She certainly has good taste! We loved our experience at the restaurant. It was amazing that there was always a line for a table during our entire lunch. Maybe that doesn't mean much in crowded New York City. Still, I've always maintained the belief that people being willing to wait for a table is a good thing.
Both Paul's folks and the December 2009 Delta magazine recommended this little gelato shop for its quality and unique flavors.
It was very cold, and slightly sprinkling. I'm not sure what we were thinking. But, it was kind of close; so, we went ahead and hiked to the location. We were saddened to learn that the window of the stand faced outside. There was no way of going inside to eat our ice cream in the heat. We were going to have to walk and eat to stay warm.
This cake was such a hit, people have been nagging me for the recipe. Therefore, I've skipped my desired schedule of posting and bumped this one up in the list.
My dilemma for this cake was the fact that it was for a bridal shower at which the guest of honor, the bride, is allergic to a certain aspect of dairy. The Duncan Hines Cake Mix fits into her diet. Also, there are some icings that are acceptable, but instead of taking my chances, I chose a dairy-free cake option.
Recipe for Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Glaze
For the cake, cook according to package directions and pour batter evenly into two 8- or 9-inch cake plans for baking. Once completely cool, put one cake on the serving platter. Spread 1/4 jar of creamy peanut butter onto cake (We only use natural with nothing but peanuts and salt.) with a miniature spatula. Top with the second cake. Cover tightly with saran wrap to refrigerate. I actually made the cake a night in advance and let it warm to room temp about 1 hour before serving.
8-10 oz. frozen raspberries, pulsed slightly in food processor
1 Tablespoon and 1 teaspoon corn starch
1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar
Pour berries into small saucepan over medium heat and stir until berries defrost. Mix sugar and corn starch in the measuring cup and pour over berries. Stir fairly consistently until the glaze thickens and is clearer in color. Cool glaze and remove to glass storage if not topping cake immediately. Pour glaze over cake just before serving.
The picture is of a chocolate tasting the group had before leaving France. We weren't worried about it making it through customs.
I worked hard searching through the bird and flower market near the St. Michel metro stop on the River Seine and was excited to find 2 flavors of rocket/arugula is seed packets. Knowing my grandmother loves to watch flowers grow, I thought this would be a perfect gift. She could even eat the leaves!
There are times when it is appropriate to cut corners when eating. We felt Mont Saint-Michel was one of those opportunities. A real tourist trap, even small packages of cookies with the island printed on the packaging ran over 7 euros in gift shops.
We already knew Paul bakery existed and was good because we had seen one two years ago in Charles de Gaulle airport during a layover. Being peak lunch time, Paul was doing a great business. In an effort to be speedy as we knew there was more on our to-do list, we ordered three pre-made waffles that were put into a warmer at 250 degrees Celsius. Then we could request chocolate syrup or powdered sugar as a topping.