Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mom's Pie Crust

This particular recipe was one used by my Mother in her small bakeshop so it makes about 5 pies worth of pastry.

5 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pound lard or shortening
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg beaten in a measuring cup then finish filling cup with hot water

Mix all ingredients thoroughly then chill to set approximately one hour or until ready to use.

Just be sure that all the shortening or lard is well mixed in otherwise your pastry will have holes in it when it is baked. The good thing about this pastry is that you can't over work it - it keeps the flaky texture when done.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Not Jaydens Cake

Well this is not the recipe to make a cake like the one
Jayden; (my youngest great grandchild) is munching on
but a Fudgie delight your family will love!

Fudgie Chocolate Cake

3 squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 (6 ounce can) evaporated milk
1/2 cup soft shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups unsifted all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking SODA
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
2 egg whites

Grease the bottoms of 2 deep 10 inch layer cake pans;
then line with circles of greased wax paper.
Mix chocolate, brown sugar and evaporated milk
together in the top part of a double boiler
cook and stir over boiling water until
chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.
remove from heat cool to room temperature.
beat shortening 1/2 cup white sugar,
egg yolks and vanilla untill light.
Stir in chocolate mixture. sift and add 1/2 the dry ingredients;
then add milk and remaining sifted ingredients alternately.
beat egg whites until peaked, but moist;
then beat in remaining white sugar.
Fold into the chocolate batter
divide between prepared pans
bake at 350F 35-40 mins Cool 10 mins.
Cut around the edges
Invert on towels over a cake rake.
When cold fill with a date filling and frost with
your fav chocolate butter icing!