Archive for October, 2007
Baking has almost become a forgotten art in the context of people with different professions and career improvement. Baking is done with a cake or brownie mix purchased at the local grocery store. Many old fashioned baking recipes are sorrowfully lost in modern days and the skill to bake a wonderful cake is almost extinct. People should steal sometime to make an old fashioned cake recipe.
The source of Old Fashioned Cake Recipe
Older relatives like mothers, grand mothers who had baked cakes in their houses, are the best source. These cake recipes, often, were baked for birthdays and holidays rekindling great memories to be shared with the family members. Grand mother and mother may enjoy to bake the cake with the younger relative. This will help in preserving the family cake recipe and allow for quality sharing time.
Another source for quality old fashioned cake recipe is the house of a senior citizen. Many women in olden days had memorized the recipes and can instantly recall them when required. An old person is cheered by talking about and acquiring these recipes. Some great cooking treasurers can be discovered by people in this way. You can even gather, record and share cake recipes from different people and preserve them for a long time.
Basic Ingredients for Old Fashioned Cakes
Flour is the most basic ingredient for cake. People sifted their own flour to be used in each baking recipe. Pre sifted flour is available but you can make a lighter, airier cake by sifting your own flour.
Sugar, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and the butter or oil are the ingredients required. Baking soda and baking powder should be fresh and not interchangeable for a good rise. Butter, margarine or oil will work well in the place of lard used in olden days. Other ingredients in the making of an old fashioned cake can be known through an elderly relative or friend who will be very helpful.
It may appear that carbohydrate foods like bread have become less popular because people are now very much health conscious. But it is not so. In spite of many, health conscious persons there are a number of people who are lovers of carbohydrates and bread.
The smell of freshly baked bread is so enticing that you feel like baking yourself. To satisfy your curiosity you should purchase a bread making machine and try various bread machine recipes and know how various breads are made.
Bread Machine Recipes
According to your bread preferences you can try different bread machine recipes. You can try bread machine recipes either for dinner breads or breakfast breads.
Most of the people prefer recipes for breakfast bread popular kinds of breakfast breads are not same kind of toast. Actually popular breakfast bread is not a king of muffin but a variety of sour dough the English muffin.
Several ingredients are needed to make an English muffin bread after you have a bread machine. The necessary ingredients are warm water, more fat dry milk, salt, sugar, baking soda, bread flour, and bread machine Yeast. Gluten, a protein from Yeast can be added to improve the over all appearance and texture of the bread.
The choice of the proper amount of each of the ingredients depends upon the type of the bread machine you have. Some bread machine recipes require a larger machine to suit the large size of bread. Some bread loaves have a thicker consistency.
Internet gives you more information about bread machine recipes. Different websites give you ideas about different varieties of breads and those that you have not heard of before. Your local kitchen store can also give you more information regarding bread machines. With proper research you can find more information on interesting bread recipes.
Softened butter cup
Softened cream cheese 1 (3-ounce) package
Sugar 1/3 cup
Flour (all-purpose) cup
Cocoa powder (unsweetened) cup
Chocolate (unsweetened) 2 ounces
Butter 2 tablespoons
Egg (large) 1 number
Vanilla 1 teaspoon
Coffee or chocolate liqueur 1 tablespoon (you are free to choose your favourite liqueur such as Kahlua, or Frangelico (hazelnut), or Grand Marnier (orange), or Chambord (raspberry) to have a different flavour)
Milk chocolate chips 2 tablespoons
Method of Preparation
Take a mixing bowl with electric mixer and beat cup butter and the cream cheese for 30 seconds on a medium or high speed. Add 1/3 cup sugar and beat in. Now add cocoa and flour and beat well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
Cover the contents and refrigerate for about 2 hours or till the mixture become easy to handle. Make 24 uniform sized balls out of the mixture. Take ungreased mini-muffin cups and press these balls at the bottom and sides of each mini-muffin cups. Pre-heat oven to 325 F.
Take 2 tablespoons butter and unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water and melt them. After removing from heat add cup of sugar, egg. Vanilla, and liqueur and stir well. Divide this mixture evenly and pour into the mini-muffin cups with dough. Bake for about 25 minutes or till the mixture set.
After initial light cooling, remove from pans and allow complete cooling. Melt milk chocolate pieces in the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Apply teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of each cup. Now your cordial cups are ready for serving.