Chocolate Cake Review

Chocolate cake is a classic dessert. This cake recipe makes a soft and flavorful cake that makes your mouth water. The flavor of this cake is delicious. It’s also not overly sweet or bitter. Icing could help this cake taste a bit more like a cake, since it’s almost a cake textured brownie, however you don’t have to add icing to enjoy this cake. If you choose not to add icing, I recommend adding 1/4 cup chocolate chips that I will include in the recipe below. This addition to the recipe adds more variety to the texture and flavor of the cake, that would be needed if you don’t add icing. This is a light cake that doesn’t require tiny pieces. I think this cake is very good and I would recommend this cake. It’s a good cake that is a step above the average store bought or frozen cake.

Original recipe here.

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup boiling water.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Add batter to the pan. Add 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips spread evenly over the batter.
  4. Baked for 35-40 minutes. Let cool before adding frosting, or serving as is.

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you will know that I love to make french toast. I make it regularly when I make my homemade white bread; so making cinnamon raisin bread meant french toast was inevitable. To my surprise, the bread was so much more flavorful and complex than normal french toast. I also really enjoyed the flavor the cut raisins gained after being cooked. They added a beautiful sweetness to the dish, while also adding new texture and some fruit! This recipe makes 6-8 slices of french toast.

  1. In a large frying pan, heat 1/2 Tbsp butter over medium heat.
  2. In a large mouthed bowl, mix together 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk until egg is homogeneous. Slice 6 slices of cinnamon raisin bread.
  3. Coat the bread 15-20 seconds per side in egg mixture. Transfer straight to heated frying pan. Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes. You can flip as needed, they are done when they are golden. Top with butter and syrup when serving.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread with Starter

Cinnamon Raisin bread is a great flavoring to make bread. This is different then how I make my normal white bread, but I was willing to give it a shot. I saw a few recipes in my search that took the bread, rolled it out, added the filling, then rolled it up. Though I considered that, I just didn’t like the cinnamon roll bread idea. I decided to do what a few recipes said, and that was just to work in the ingredients until they were dispersed. I found it to work very well, just continue to fold in half the same direction, and it only take a minute or two till your bread is marbled. Because I used yeast starter instead of actual yeast, there was a long initial rise time. If you don’t have yeast starter, you can use one packet of yeast (2 1/4 tsp), with 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour.

  1. Together in a mixing bowl, add 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup starter, 1/2 cup warm water, and a pinch of salt. Mix until a dough ball forms.
  2. Oil a bowl. Place dough into bowl and turn to coat. Then let sit til doubled, 2-3 hours.
  3. Oil a bread pan. Kneed 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins into the bread. Kneed until marbled. Place in pan and let raise another hour.
  4. Heat oven to 350 F. Bake bread for 30-40 minutes. Place on drying rack, and let cool 15-30 minutes.

Orange Jello with Mandarin Oranges

A couple weeks ago, Josh and I went grocery shopping. I always have a list and a general idea of what items we have. We tend to bulk shop, so we only have to go shopping 1-2 times a month. I always tell Josh to get whatever he wants and he’s never been too extravagant. Well, when we returned home from the store, I was putting everything away when I came across 6 new boxes of Jello! Josh must really be wanting some Jello! So last night, I finally got around to making the poor man some Jello. I followed the directions on the box and just added the strained oranges before refrigeration. It was quite refreshing, and Josh as also very happy.

  1. Heat 1 cup of water for 1-2 minutes in the microwave till very hot. Dissolve orange jello mix completely into the water, the instructions say about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of cold water, and stir.
  2. Open a can of mandarin oranges. Strain out the juice into a side bowl. Add 1/2 the can of mandarin oranges to the jello and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. You can eat or preserve the remaining oranges for garnish.

Cinnamon Rolls with Starter

These cinnamon rolls were delicious! They were not too sweet, and could easily be eaten with breakfast for that reason. If you were going to eat them as a dessert, I would recommend making an icing, just because they lack a bit of the sweetness on their own that you’d want in a dessert.

I did have some problems with this recipe. First, I store my starter in the fridge, and to add cold milk to that, it took a very long time for my dough to rise. I made this dough around lunch time, and by dinner time, the dough wasn’t even at room temp yet. The next morning, however, it was fully proofed. Once I mixed in the additional ingredients, I placed it on a floured surface, and it just stuck to everything. It was a very soft and sticky dough that loved my counter top. I mixed in more flour to no avail, and so i deiced to roll it out on a generous bed of flour. I mixed the filling and coated the dough,and tried to roll, but it was just so sticky I had to move very slowly, constantly scraping the dough off the counter. I didn’t want to overwork the dough when I was mixing, but I should have added even more flour. I would also proof the rolls before baking, because they didn’t rise during the baking step, they only expanded in width. I’ve made some alterations to the recipe and added it below.

Original recipe can be found here!

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of butter until partially melted. Add to 3 1/2 cups flour in your mixing bowl. Mix in 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 cup milk, then add starter until dough comes together. Cover and let proof in a warm spot for 2-3 hours
  2. Sprinkle 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda over the dough and gently knead into dough, add more flour as needed, but don’t overwork.
  3. Roll out the dough into a rectangle until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. In a side bowl, melt 5 Tbsp butter. Add 1/2 brown sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and stir. Spread evenly over dough.
  5. Starting along the long edge, roll up the dough. Cut the roll into 1 inch thick slices.
  6. Heat oven to 400 F
  7. Place slices into a well greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.