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almond crusted salmon with soy glaze

almond crusted salmon with soy glaze

almond crusted salmon with soy glaze

 

Pan-seared almond crusted salmon on bed of garlic-ginger veggies and soy honey glaze. Healthy and light dinner or lunch dish.

 

4-6 salmon fillets

1/2 cup almond flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons oil (I used light olive oil)

2 tablespoons butter

Glaze-

1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce

3 tablespoon honey

1/3 cup water

1 tbsp + 1 tsp vermouth or 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

3 tablespoons butter

Sauteed ginger-garlic veggies-

sliced broccoli, brussel sprouts,cabbage,kale (I bought salad kit from costco)

shredded carrots

pea shoots (optional)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

2 tablespoons soy sauce mixed with 2 teaspoons honey

 

Directions:

Season salmon with salt and pepper.

Combine almond flour,salt and pepper.

Heat oil and butter in a skillet.

Dip top of salmon fillets in almond flour mix and add it to the skillet skin side up.

Cook until golden and crusty on all sides.

glaze-

In a saute pan, whisk to combine tamari/soy sauce,water,honey,vermouth or mustard.

Bring to boil on medium high heat and continue to simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Turn off heat and whisk in butter one tablespoon at a time.

veggies-

Heat oil and butter in a saute pan on high heat.

Throw in garlic and ginger. Quickly swirl around the pan and add in soy sauce honey mixture.

Add in and toss veggies and saute for 1-2 minutes. Don’t over cook.

pour some sauce/glaze on the bottom of dinner plate.

Spoon veggies to the side of sauce and place fish on top of veggies and sauce.

almond crusted salmon with soy glaze

Ingredients

  • 4-6 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons oil (I used light olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Glaze-
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp vermouth or 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Sauteed ginger-garlic veggies-
  • sliced broccoli, brussel sprouts,cabbage,kale (I bought salad kit from costco)
  • shredded carrots
  • pea shoots (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce mixed with 2 teaspoons honey

Instructions

  1. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine almond flour,salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil and butter in a skillet.
  4. Dip top of salmon fillets in almond flour mix and add it to the skillet skin side up.
  5. Cook until golden and crusty on all sides.
  6. glaze-
  7. In a saute pan, whisk to combine tamari/soy sauce,water,honey,vermouth or mustard.
  8. Bring to boil on medium high heat and continue to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Turn off heat and whisk in butter one tablespoon at a time.
  10. veggies-
  11. Heat oil and butter in a saute pan on high heat.
  12. Throw in garlic and ginger. Quickly swirl around the pan and add in soy sauce honey mixture.
  13. Add in and toss veggies and saute for 1-2 minutes. Don't over cook.
  14. pour some sauce/glaze on the bottom of dinner plate.
  15. Spoon veggies to the side of sauce and place fish on top of veggies and sauce.
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Salmon fish cakes

salmon fish cakes

salmon fish cakes

 

Super quick and tasty salmon fish cakes that can be served as appetizer or main course with mashed potatoes or rice. These fish cakes are crunchy on the outside,juicy and tender on the inside. They taste amazing with a dip into creamy mustard aioli.

 

Ingredients:

1-1.25 pounds fresh salmon skinned and diced

1 egg

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1-2 crushed garlic cloves

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend from Trader Joes)

1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (Trader Joes type)

1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill

2 teaspoons squeezed lemon juice

salt and black pepper

panko bread crumbs for coating

oil for frying

Aioli

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon good dijon mustard (preferably grained)

1 garlic clove crushed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

salt

black pepper

1 teaspoon capers

 

Direction:

In a medium bowl, combine salmon, egg, cheese, lemon juice, lemon pepper, dill, garlic, mayo, salt, and pepper.

Heat a frying pan with some oil on medium heat.

Take some fish mixture with your hands or use ice cream scooper and shape into small disk shape.

Dip both sides in panko crumbs.

Fry on both sides until golden brown.

 

Aioli:

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve fish cakes with aioli

Salmon fish cakes

Ingredients

  • 1-1.25 pounds fresh salmon skinned and diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1-2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend from Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (Trader Joes type)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper
  • panko bread crumbs for coating
  • oil for frying
  • Aioli
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon good dijon mustard (preferably grained)
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon capers

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine salmon, egg, cheese, lemon juice, lemon pepper, dill, garlic, mayo, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat a frying pan with some oil on medium heat.
  3. Take some fish mixture with your hands or use ice cream scooper and shape into small disk shape.
  4. Dip both sides in panko crumbs.
  5. Fry on both sides until golden brown.
  6. Aioli:
  7. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
  8. Serve fish cakes with aioli
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Perfect soft boiled egg

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I like eggs prepared any way, but soft boiled eggs and poached eggs are my favorite. They are very easy and quick to make. To make a perfect soft boiled egg a timer is a must.

 

Ingredients:

large eggs

small pot of water

salt

bread/toast

 

Directions:

Bring pot of water boil.

then lower the heat, so the water is simmering.

Add one egg at a time with spoon.

For 1-2 eggs cooking time 5 minutes

For 3-4 eggs add another 30 sec- a minute

Run the eggs under cold water for 30 -60 sec.

Peel the top of the egg,sprinkle some salt and serve with crusty bread or toast.

soft boiled egg

Perfect soft boiled egg

Ingredients

  • large eggs
  • small pot of water
  • salt
  • bread/toast

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Bring pot of water boil.
  3. then lower the heat, so the water is simmering.
  4. Add one egg at a time with spoon.
  5. For 1-2 eggs cooking time 5 minutes
  6. For 3-4 eggs add another 30 sec- a minute
  7. Run the eggs under cold water for 30 -60 sec.
  8. Peel the top of the egg,sprinkle some salt and serve with crusty bread or toast.
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Fish with Orange Beurre Blanc Sauce

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Want a fancy restaurant style dish in under 30 minutes? Well..this is it! Fish with orange beurre blanc sauce is perfect and easy seafood dish. The sauce is velvety smooth and will go great with different types fish, shrimp, scallops, and lobster.

Beurre blanc sauce is a french specialty sauce made with reduction of orange juice,white wine, and shallots. Then cold butter pieces are blended to create a smooth buttery sauce.

In this recipe I used fresh wild salmon seasoned with salt and pepper, then pan seared to perfection. Served with fried yellow potato rounds, sauteed spinach with crispy turkey bacon and crispy onion string pieces.

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Ingredients for beurre blanc sauce:

Makes about 3/4 cup. 

1 piece shallot minced

2/3 orange juice squeezed ( or tangerines)

1/4 white wine

zest from one orange

1 stick very cold butter sliced

salt

Salmon:

2-4 fish pieces

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon butter

Potatoes:

5-6 peeled and sliced potatoes

salt

2-3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon butter

Spinach:

2 slices of turkey or pork bacon chopped

1 tablespoon oil

about 4 cups spinach

crispy onion strings

salt

 

Directions:

 

Combine orange juice,shallots,zest,and wine in a pan or saucepan. Bring to simmer on med-high heat.

Cook until liquid evaporates by half.

On low heat, whisk in butter slices one at a time. The sauce should thicken. Season with salt.

Strain through fine-mesh strainer.

Reheat sauce on low heat only.

Salmon:

Heat a frying pan on med-high heat.

Add oil.

Season fish with salt and pepper.

Transfer fish to a frying pan skin side up.

Pan-fry until half of the fish is cooked,then flip and continue frying until the other side gets cooked.

Potatoes:

Heat a frying pan on med-high heat. Add oil and butter. Season potatoes with salt and fry on both sides until fully cooked and browned.

Spinach:

Heat a large pan with oil. Throw in chopped bacon(or shallots). Cook until brown and crispy.Turn off the heat. Throw in spinach. Using kitchen tongs toss spinach around until its wilted.season with salt.Throw in some onion string pieces.

Arrange everything on a dinner plate in this order;potatoes,spinach,salmon,sauce.

fish with beurre blanc sauce

Fish with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Ingredients

  • Makes about 3/4 cup.
  • 1 piece shallot minced
  • 2/3 orange juice squeezed
  • 1/4 white wine
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 stick very cold butter sliced
  • salt
  • Salmon:
  • 2-4 fish pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Potatoes:
  • 5-6 peeled and sliced potatoes
  • salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Spinach:
  • 2 slices of turkey or pork bacon chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • about 4 cups spinach
  • crispy onion strings
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Combine orange juice,shallots,zest,and wine in a pan or saucepan. Bring to simmer on med-high heat.
  2. Cook until liquid evaporates by half.
  3. On low heat, whisk in butter slices one at a time. The sauce should thicken. Season with salt.
  4. Strain through fine-mesh strainer.
  5. Reheat sauce on low heat only.
  6. Salmon:
  7. Heat a frying pan on med-high heat.
  8. Add oil.
  9. Season fish with salt and pepper.
  10. Transfer fish to a frying pan skin side up.
  11. Pan-fry until half of the fish is cooked,then flip and continue frying until the other side gets cooked.
  12. Potatoes:
  13. Heat a frying pan on med-high heat. Add oil and butter. Season potatoes with salt and fry on both sides until fully cooked and browned.
  14. Spinach:
  15. Heat a large pan with oil. Throw in chopped bacon(or shallots). Cook until brown and crispy.Turn off the heat. Throw in spinach. Using kitchen tongs toss spinach around until its wilted.season with salt.Throw in some onion string pieces.
  16. Arrange everything on a dinner plate in this order;potatoes,spinach,salmon,sauce.
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Smetanik Cake

smetanik cake

 

smetanik cake

 

Smetanik cake is a Russian sour cream cake with sour cream frosting. It’s not overly sweet and the cream feels really light and smooth. If you love moist cakes you can add sugar syrup to moisten it, if you’re more on the drier type cake then skip this step. You can also add raspberries (my fave..) or any other berries for a little sour sweetness. My family loves this cake, it’s one of our favorites.

 

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon baking soda + 2 tablespoons vinegar(combined)

1 1/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

 

Cream/frosting:

8 ozs cream cheese

8 ozs condensed milk

1  1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Sugar syrup

1/2 cup cold boiling water with 1 tablespoon sugar for soaking

Optional-

raspberries,strawberries,blueberries,or bananas.

Direction:

Heat oven to 325 F degrees

Prepare two 9 inch cake pans lined with parchment paper and greased or sprayed with non-stick baking spray.

Beat eggs with sugar using electric mixer on high speed.

Add in sour cream,vanilla,and baking soda mixed with vinegar.

Continue to mix on medium-high speed until well incorporated.

Sift flour directly in the bowl with cake batter.

Mix gently using a whisk, always working one direction.

Divide mixture in half.

Add cocoa to one half,and mix it in with a whisk.

Pour cake batter into prepared cake pans. (1 for white cake,1 for chocolate cake)

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until when toothpick inserted and comes out clean.

Let cool.

Cream-

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese on high speed, scraping the sides when needed.

Bring down the speed to medium and gradually add condensed milk.

Add in powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla.

Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for about another minute or so.

 

Assembling-

Slice really carefully both cakes in half.

Cut off tiny amount of cake from around the sides of the cake.Set aside, we will need it for later.

Starting with chocolate layer, spray or pour (using a spoon) some sugar syrup on the cutted side of the cake layer.

Add good amount of cream.  If adding any berries or bananas, arrange them on top of cream.

Place white cake layer on top of cream, and repeat the steps. If adding berries or bananas, Arrange them on every other layer.

Using a shredder, Shred cake pieces in to tiny crumbs.

Add the crumbs to the sides and top of the cake. Or you can use chocolate/vanilla wafers or chocolate wafer candy (shredded)

Decorate with berries or as desired.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

 

smetanik cake

 

 

 

 

Smetanik Cake

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda + 2 tablespoons vinegar(combined)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Cream/frosting:
  • 8 ozs cream cheese
  • 8 ozs condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sugar syrup
  • 1/2 cup cold boiling water with 1 tablespoon sugar for soaking
  • Optional-
  • raspberries,strawberries,blueberries,or bananas.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 F degrees
  2. Prepare two 9 inch cake pans lined with parchment paper and greased or sprayed with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Beat eggs with sugar using electric mixer on high speed.
  4. Add in sour cream,vanilla,and baking soda mixed with vinegar.
  5. Continue to mix on medium-high speed until well incorporated.
  6. Sift flour directly in the bowl with cake batter.
  7. Mix gently using a whisk, always working one direction.
  8. Divide mixture in half.
  9. Add cocoa to one half,and mix it in with a whisk.
  10. Pour cake batter into prepared cake pans. (1 for white cake,1 for chocolate cake)
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until when toothpick inserted and comes out clean.
  12. Let cool.
  13. Cream-
  14. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese on high speed, scraping the sides when needed.
  15. Bring down the speed to medium and gradually add condensed milk.
  16. Add in powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla.
  17. Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for about another minute or so.
  18. Assembling-
  19. Slice really carefully both cakes in half.
  20. Cut off tiny amount of cake from around the sides of the cake.Set aside, we will need it for later.
  21. Starting with chocolate layer, spray or pour (using a spoon) some sugar syrup on the cutted side of the cake layer.
  22. Add good amount of cream. If adding any berries or bananas, arrange them on top of cream.
  23. Place white cake layer on top of cream, and repeat the steps. If adding berries or bananas, Arrange them on every other layer.
  24. Using a shredder, Shred cake pieces in to tiny crumbs.
  25. Add the crumbs to the sides and top of the cake. Or you can use chocolate/vanilla wafers or chocolate wafer candy (shredded)
  26. Decorate with berries or as desired.
  27. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
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Salmon Pasta Dish

Salmon Pasta dish

Salmon Pasta dish

 

What I like about pasta dish is …. it’s really quick and easy to prepare,looks mouthwatering and fancy, and always delicious! This salmon pasta dish is light and tasty. Capellini pasta and tender salmon chunks tossed in creamy buttery  wine sauce with a hint of lemon and touch of fire (red pepper flakes).

 

Ingredients:

8 ozs capellini pasta

1.5 – 2 lbs salmon cut in chunks

1 shallot minced

2 garlic cloves minced

4 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup white wine

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

4-5 basil leaves chopped

salt and pepper

grated parmesan cheese

lemon slices for serving

 

Direction:

Cook your choice of capellini pasta according to package instruction. I used whole wheat.

Season salmon chunks with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat a medium-large pan on medium heat.

Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter.

Add shallots and garlic. Saute for about 1 minute.

Arrange salmon chunks on the pan. Cook both sides for about 2 minutes per side.

Add chopped basil between fish pieces.

Bring the heat to high,and carefully add white wine. Cook for about 30 seconds to one minute.

Pour in heavy whipping cream and add hot pepper flakes.

Add parmesan cheese and season with salt. Turn off heat.

Carefully stir in remaining 2 tablespoon butter. Careful  not to brake delicate fish pieces.

Add cooked pasta to the pan and gently toss.

Drizzle with little bit of lemon and sprinkle parmesan cheese before serving.

Enjoy!

 

Salmon Pasta Dish

Ingredients

  • 8 ozs capellini pasta
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs salmon cut in chunks
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4-5 basil leaves chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • lemon slices for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook your choice of capellini pasta according to package instruction. I used whole wheat.
  2. Season salmon chunks with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Heat a medium-large pan on medium heat.
  4. Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter.
  5. Add shallots and garlic. Saute for about 1 minute.
  6. Arrange salmon chunks on the pan. Cook both sides for about 2 minutes per side.
  7. Add chopped basil between fish pieces.
  8. Bring the heat to high,and carefully add white wine. Cook for about 30 seconds to one minute.
  9. Pour in heavy whipping cream and add hot pepper flakes.
  10. Add parmesan cheese and season with salt. Turn off heat.
  11. Carefully stir 2 tableblespoons butter. Careful not to brake delicate fish pieces.
  12. Add cooked pasta to the pan and gently toss.
  13. Drizzle with little bit of lemon and sprinkle parmesan cheese before serving.
  14. Enjoy!
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Stuffed Mini Peppers

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These stuffed mini peppers are a quick and easy appetizer or snack. No cooking or baking required. Just mix the chicken filling and stuff the peppers. It’s really easy to make and delicious!

 

Ingredients: 

1 canned white chicken

1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese

2 cloves garlic crushed

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic parsley seasoning

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

4 ozs. cream cheese

2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise

* green onion,parsley, or dill (optional)

 

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together using a kitchen aid or hand blender.

Stuff mini peppers with chicken and cheese filling.

Stuffed Mini Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 canned white chicken
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic parsley seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Mix all the ingredients together using a kitchen aid or hand blender.
  3. Stuff mini peppers with chicken and cheese filling.
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Spinach Arugula Salad with Strawberries

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spinach arugula salad with strawberries-2

 

This is a nutritious and vibrant spring salad with spinach, arugula, asparagus, and strawberries. Crisp green leaves and bright sweet strawberries are tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette, then topped of with turkey bacon and feta cheese. It’s so delicious  and healthy.

 

Ingredients-

Dressing:

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar*

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon squezed lime juice

fresh ground black pepper

* Good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil is a must for perfect results of this dressing.

I used balsamic vinegar from Trader Joes and Organic California Olive Ranch Olive oil.

Salad:

Baby Arugula

spinach (baby spinach)

Asparagus sliced 

fresh strawberries quartered 

Cooked turkey bacon (fried/baked)

Feta,blue,or gorgonzola cheese

optional ingredients:

candied walnuts or pecans

sliced red onion

 

Directions:

Using a hand blender or blender mix balsamic vinegar,sugar,salt,black pepper, and oil. Then add lime juice and pulse couple times.

( You can adjust salt or sugar to your liking). If the dressing to thick,you can liquify by adding a little bit of water.

Toss spinach, asparagus, arugula ,strawberries, bacon, and candied nuts with some dressing.

Top with cheese and serve.

 

 

Spinach Arugula Salad with Strawberries

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar*
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon squezed lime juice
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • * Good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil is a must for perfect results of this dressing.
  • I used balsamic vinegar from Trader Joes and Organic California Olive Ranch Olive oil.
  • Salad:
  • Baby Arugula
  • spinach (baby spinach)
  • Asparagus sliced
  • fresh strawberries quartered
  • Cooked turkey bacon (fried/baked)
  • Feta,blue,or gorgonzola cheese
  • optional ingredients:
  • candied walnuts or pecans
  • sliced red onion

Instructions

  1. Using a hand blender or blender mix balsamic vinegar,sugar,salt,black pepper, and oil. Then add lime juice and pulse couple times.
  2. ( You can adjust salt or sugar to your liking). If the dressing to thick,you can liquify by adding a little bit of water.
  3. Toss spinach, asparagus, arugula ,strawberries, bacon, and candied nuts with some dressing.
  4. Top with cheese and serve.
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Honey Cake

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honey cake

 

 

This a 4 layered honey cake with smooth mascarpone cream frosting. You can add nuts for  some crunch and drizzle caramel sauce for a twisted unique flavor. It’s really delicious and impressive!

Recipe was adapted from grabandgorecipes.com

 

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1  1/4 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. honey
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda + 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Frosting:
2 sticks butter room temperature
16 ozs. mascarpone cheese
4 ozs. cream cheese room temp.
1 1/2 can condensed milk

soaking:

1/2 cup boiling  water cooled

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream or half/half

2 tablespoons condensed milk

( mix all ingredients together)

 

Optional :

toasted walnuts,peanuts,or almonds.

prunes

caramel

toffee bites

cheerios or trader joes O’s

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
On high speed beat the eggs until pale and fluffy.
Slowly add sugar and beat for another 3-4 minutes. Lower speed to medium-low, add honey.
Mix baking soda with vinegar and add to eggs mixture.
 Gradually add in flour. Go slowly so the batter stays fluffy.
Line the bottom with parchment paper and spray two springform baking pans  (9” round) with cooking spray.
Pour the batter evenly into the baking dishes and bake for about 30-35 minutes.
Check if the cake is ready with a toothpick, if nothing sticks to it, it is done.
Frosting:
Beat together butter with cream cheese.
With mixer still running, slowly and gradually pour in condensed milk.
Add mascarpone cream and beat on high until well incorporated but not more than 1 minute.
Assembling:
Slice two cakes in half.
pour,spray, or drizzle  soaking mixture on first layer.
Spread some frosting. You can sprinkle with nuts,toffee bites, or add prunes to each layer (optional).
Repeat the steps with each layer.
Spread the rest of the frosting all over the cake.
Decorate the sides and top as desired.
I used trader Joes O’s (crushed in a blender) on the sides of the cake and drizzled caramel on top.
Honey Cake

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda + 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • 16 ozs. mascarpone cheese
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese room temp.
  • 1 1/2 can condensed milk
  • soaking:
  • 1/2 cup boiling water cooled
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream or half/half
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • ( mix all ingredients together)
  • Optional :
  • toasted walnuts,peanuts,or almonds.
  • prunes
  • caramel
  • toffee bites
  • cheerios or trader joes O's

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. On high speed beat the eggs until pale and fluffy.
  3. Slowly add sugar and beat for another 3-4 minutes. Lower speed to medium-low, add honey.
  4. Mix baking soda with vinegar and add to eggs mixture.
  5. Gradually add in flour. Go slowly so the batter stays fluffy.
  6. Line the bottom with parchment paper and spray two springform baking pans (9” round) with cooking spray.
  7. Pour the batter evenly into the baking dishes and bake for about 30-35 minutes.
  8. Check if the cake is ready with a toothpick, if nothing sticks to it, it is done.
  9. Frosting:
  10. Beat together butter with cream cheese.
  11. With mixer still running, slowly and gradually pour in condensed milk.
  12. Add mascarpone cream and beat on high until well incorporated but not more than 1 minute.
  13. Assembling:
  14. Slice two cakes in half.
  15. pour,spray, or drizzle soaking mixture on first layer.
  16. Spread some frosting. You can sprinkle with nuts,toffee bites, or add prunes to each layer (optional).
  17. Repeat the steps with each layer.
  18. Spread the rest of the frosting all over the cake.
  19. Decorate the sides and top as desired.
  20. I used trader Joes O's (crushed in a blender) on the sides of the cake and drizzled caramel on top.
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Lemon Blueberry Bread

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lemon blueberry bread

 

This Lemon blueberry bread is bursting with  deliciousness! Sweet juicy blueberries and tangy lemon complement each other well. Lemon glaze on top of the bread makes it divine and scrumptious. It’s a perfect breakfast bread with coffee or tea.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

2 cups  flour + 1 tablespoon divided

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup sour cream*

1/3 cup milk*

zest of 2 lemons

juice of 1 lemon

1 cup blueberries

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

zest of 1 lemon

* you can sub in greek yogurt

 

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350.

Spray 8×4 loaf pan with cooking spray.

In small bowl, toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, eggs, sugar, sour cream,milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, just until smooth. Do not overmix or your bread will come out tough.

Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. The bread will be finished when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once bread is finished, remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pan. Remove from loaf pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once bread has cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest. Start with one tablespoon of lemon juice and whisk well. If your mixture is too thick, slowly add up to one more tablespoon of lemon juice. You want the glaze to be thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough to set up on the bread.

Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze on top of the bread. The glaze should harden up a little more after about 15-20 minutes.

 

Adapted from Livewellbakeoften.com

 

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour + 1 tablespoon divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream*
  • 1/3 cup milk*
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • * you can sub in greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350.
  2. Spray 8x4 loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. In small bowl, toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, eggs, sugar, sour cream,milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  6. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, just until smooth. Do not overmix or your bread will come out tough.
  7. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.
  8. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. The bread will be finished when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Once bread is finished, remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf pan. Remove from loaf pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once bread has cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest. Start with one tablespoon of lemon juice and whisk well. If your mixture is too thick, slowly add up to one more tablespoon of lemon juice. You want the glaze to be thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough to set up on the bread.
  11. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze on top of the bread. The glaze should harden up a little more after about 15-20 minutes.
  12. Adapted from Livewellbakeoften.com
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Dulce de leche Tiramisu Cake

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coffee cake

Dulce de leche Tiramisu cake is a well loved classic cake with a twist. This cake is replaced with sponge cake for lady fingers and with creamy dulce de leche frosting. Always perfect dessert for any occasion.

 

Ingredients for cake:

8 eggs

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 1/3 cup flour sifted

Cream:

4 ozs. cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 can (8 ozs) cooked condensed milk or dulce de leche

17.5 ozs. mascarpone cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Other ingredients:

3/4 cup coffee

1/2 cup Kahlua liqueur

toasted hazelnuts (optional)

 

Directions:

On high speed beat eggs with sugar.

When the batter is stiff and light, add flour and mix it gently and well on low .

Pour the batter into 10 ”* round baking pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes.

Let the cake cool.

*if using 9” reduce to 7 eggs,1 1/4 cup sugar and flour.

Cream:

In Stand/hand mixer beat cream cheese with dulce de leche.

Add mascarpone cream and beat not more then a minute, just until well combined.

In a separate bowl beat together heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar.

Gently fold in whipped cream into dulce de leche cream.

In a small bowl or spray bottle combine coffee with kahlua liqueur.

Assembling:

Divide the sponge cake in half.

Soak the bottom layer with coffee mixture.

Spread good amount of frosting.

If desired, sprinkle toasted crushed hazelnuts.

Soak the other half of sponge cake, and place it on top of the bottom layer.

Spread frosting all over the cake reserving some frosting for decoration.

Decorate as desired. Dust with cocoa powder.

 

 

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Spinach Salad

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spinach salad

 

This Spinach salad is delicious, healthy, and vibrant. It’s one of the most requested salads that I bring to potlucks. So I make this salad often. This beautiful salad will look great on your holiday dinner table.

For a great tasting vinaigrette try using  good quality balsamic vinegar, olive oil , and mustard.

 

 Ingredients:

Baby spinach

1 red,yellow or orange bell pepper sliced lengthwise

1/2 red onion sliced (not too thin)

Glazed/candied pecans or walnuts.

Choice of Feta,blue cheese, or Gorgonzola (crumbled)

Bacon (baked/fried and crumbled)

4 tablespoons oil

 

Honey Dijon balsamic vinaigrette:

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4  shallot chopped (optional)

1-2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

 

Directions:

Vinaigrette:

Using a hand blender, Combine balsamic vinegar,shallot,garlic,mustard,salt,and pepper.

With blender running,slowly pour in oil. Continue to blend until vinaigrette thickens.

If too thick, you can add a little water to adjust thickness to your liking.

Adjust seasoning and sweetness if needed.

Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Salad:

Heat 2 tbsp.oil in a skillet on med-high heat.

Add bell pepper and saute.

Remove a peppers from skillet.

Add 2 tbsp. oil. to the same skillet.

Add onions and saute.

Arrange spinach leaves on a salad plate or salad bowl then following this order:

Dressing (drizzled)

bell peppers

onions

bacon

cheese

nuts

If serving in a large salad bowl, Arrange in layers by repeating the order.

 

 

 

Salmon with Spinach and Tomatoes

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This is a flavorful salmon dish that can be  perfect for any dinner party. Delicious,moist, and boosted with flavor from garlic,basil, and lemon. This salmon dish is baked in parchment paper to keep in the flavor and moisture, then topped with sautéed spinach and tomatoes.

Ingredients:

1 fillet of salmon (about 2 lbs +/-)

6 tablespoon butter melted

1/4 cup finely chopped basil

6 garlic cloves crushed

1 tablespoon white wine

1 tablespoon squeezed lemon juice

salt

black pepper

1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded

1 shallot chopped

4 cups spinach

8 0zs  cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half

2 tablespoons oil

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Place fish on the baking sheet.

In a bowl combine melted butter,basil,garlic,white wine, and lemon juice.

Season fish with salt and pepper.

Pour butter mixture over fish.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Cover fish with parchment paper by over lapping paper on top then folding the sides under the fish. (similar to envelope)

Bake for about 20 -25 minutes.

 

Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.

Add shallots and cook until softened.

Add tomatoes and cook until slightly soft.

Add spinach and turn of the heat.

Continue to stir with thongs until spinach is slightly softens.

Arrange salmon on a serving plate.

Add spinach with tomatoes over salmon.

 

 

 

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Salmon with Spinach and tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 fillet of salmon (about 2 lbs +/-)
  • 6 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 tablespoon squeezed lemon juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 8 0zs cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Place fish on the baking sheet.
  4. In a bowl combine melted butter,basil,garlic,white wine, and lemon juice.
  5. Season fish with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour butter mixture over fish.
  7. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover fish with parchment paper by over lapping paper on top then folding the sides under the fish. (similar to envelope)
  9. Bake for about 20 -25 minutes.
  10. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  11. Add shallots and cook until softened.
  12. Add tomatoes and cook until slightly soft.
  13. Add spinach and turn of the heat. Continue to stir with thongs until spinach is slightly softens.
  14. Arrange salmon on a serving plate.
  15. Add spinach with tomatoes over salmon.
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Apple Cake Treats

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These are scrumptious and cute apple cake treats.They are mini apple cakes with sweet caramel like frosting, and covered all over with crunchy nut and cake crumb. These treat can be versatile by using your choice of nuts, and also can be made as a whole cake by using 2 (9 inch) cake pans.

 

Ingredients:

1o eggs

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup flour separated

1 teaspoon baking powder

5 apples peeled and diced

 

Frosting:

1 1/2 can cooked condensed milk (dulce de leche)

2 1/2 sticks butter room temp.

4 ozs. cream cheese room temp.

8 ozs. pecans

 

apple cake treats

 

Direction:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line two large baking sheets with parchments paper. Grease or spray with nonstick spray.

In a stand or hand mixer beat eggs with sugar until pale and fluffy.

Sift 1 1/2 cup flour with baking powder and gradually add to egg mixture on medium-low speed.

Mix apples with 1/2 cup flour .

Gently mix in apples into batter.

Divide batter among two baking sheets.

Bake for about 13-15 minutes.

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Frosting:

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.

Gradually add in dulce de leche.

 

Assembling:

Cut out cirlcles using small round cookie cutter.

 

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Remove apples from the scraps.Break scraps into small pieces and toast them in the oven until golden brown.

Take one mini cake round and spread generous amount of frosting.Add another round on top.

Spread frosting on the top and side of the cake.

Crush pecans using a blender.Transfer to deep medium bowl.

Take toasted cake pieces and crush using a blender.

Add it to pecans and mix it together.

Cover mini cake with nut and cake coating.

 

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Apple Cake Treats

Ingredients

  • 1o eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup flour separated
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 apples peeled and diced
  • Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 can cooked condensed milk (dulce de leche)
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter room temp.
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese room temp.
  • 8 ozs. pecans

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two large baking sheets with parchments paper. Grease or spray with nonstick spray.
  3. In a stand or hand mixer beat eggs with sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Sift 1 1/2 cup flour with baking powder and gradually add to egg mixture on medium-low speed.
  5. Mix apples with 1/2 cup flour .
  6. Gently mix in apples into batter.
  7. Divide batter among two baking sheets.
  8. Bake for about 13-15 minutes.
  9. Frosting:
  10. Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  11. Gradually add in dulce de leche.
  12. Assembling:
  13. Cut out cirlcles using small round cookie cutter.
  14. Remove apples from the scraps.Break scraps into small pieces and toast them in the oven until golden brown.
  15. Take one mini cake round and spread generous amount of frosting.Add another round on top.
  16. Spread frosting on the top and side of the cake.
  17. Crush pecans using a blender.Transfer to deep medium bowl.
  18. Take toasted cake pieces and crush using a blender.
  19. Add it to pecans and mix it together.
  20. Cover mini cake with nut and cake coating.
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Bean and Rice soup

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This is a healthy,hearty, and delicious bean and rice soup. It’s totally satisfying and perfect on cold winter days or nights. You can make it pure vegetarian by adding just water or vegetable broth, or for more flavor you can use chicken broth.

Ingredients:

1 onion diced

3/4 red bell pepper

1 can black beans or 1 cup cooked

1 can pinto beans or 1 cup cooked

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies

1/2 cup basmanti brown rice Pre-cooked*

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

salt and black pepper

1-2 bay leaf

2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

3 tablespoons oil

4-5 cups water or broth

*Cook rice until half way done.

 

Directions:

Heat oil in a pot.Throw in onions and bell pepper.Saute until soft.

Add diced tomatoes with chilies,onion powder,cumin powder,salt,pepper,chili pepper,smoked paprika,bay leaf.

Continue to cook stirring occasionally.

Throw in beans and rice.Cover with water or broth.

Bring to boil,throw in cilantro.

Reduce heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Can be served with sour cream and/or a squeeze of lime juice.

Bean and Rice soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 3/4 red bell pepper
  • 1 can black beans or 1 cup cooked
  • 1 can pinto beans or 1 cup cooked
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/2 cup basmanti brown rice Pre-cooked*
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 4-5 cups water or broth
  • *Cook rice until half way done.

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pot.Throw in onions and bell pepper.Saute until soft.
  2. Add diced tomatoes with chilies,onion powder,cumin powder,salt,pepper,chili pepper,smoked paprika,bay leaf.
  3. Continue to cook stirring occasionally.
  4. Throw in beans and rice.Cover with water or broth.
  5. Bring to boil,throw in cilantro.
  6. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Can be served with sour cream and/or a squeeze of lime juice.
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Cabbage Carrot Salad

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cabbage carrot salad

 

This is a quick,easy, and fresh cabbage carrot salad. It’s a nutritious and delicious salad that goes wonderful with almost everything.

Ingredients:

Serving size: 4-6 people

1/2  cabbage head shredded

1 large carrot shredded

1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced*

salt

2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise

* You can use regular white onion,just soak or wash in water.

Directions:

Start by massaging cabbage with a little salt in a bowl.

Add shredded carrots,onions, and mayo.Mix everything until all ingredients combined.

Cabbage Carrot Salad

Ingredients

  • Serving size: 4-6 people
  • 1/2 cabbage head shredded
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced*
  • salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • * You can use regular white onion,just soak or wash in water.

Instructions

  1. Start by massaging cabbage with a little salt in a bowl.
  2. Add shredded carrots,onions, and mayo.Mix everything until all ingredients combined.
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Homemade Nacho Cheese

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nacho cheese

 

 

Silky smooth homemade nacho cheese with no processed velveeta cheese. Very easy to make with minimal and simple ingredients. You can adjust the heat of nacho cheese sauce by using only peper jack cheese for hot,cheddar cheese only for mild, and  both cheeses for medium. You can also add jalapeños for extra hot. Serve it as a dip with tortilla chips, pour it over chili or chili cheese fries ( one my favorite junkies in my teen years ).

 

Ingredients:

4 oz. pepper jack cheese,shredded

4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk, divided

2 teaspoons hot sauce

pinch salt

Directions:

In a medium-sized saucepan,toss together cheese and cornstarch,  until evenly coated.

Stir in 1 cup evaporated milk, the hot sauce and salt.

Cook, stirring often, over medium-low heat until thickened, smooth and bubbly.

Stir in additional evaporated milk, if needed, until desired consistency.

Homemade Nacho Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. pepper jack cheese,shredded
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk, divided
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan,toss together cheese and cornstarch, until evenly coated.
  2. Stir in 1 cup evaporated milk, the hot sauce and salt.
  3. Cook, stirring often, over medium-low heat until thickened, smooth and bubbly.
  4. Stir in additional evaporated milk, if needed, until desired consistency.
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Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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german chocolate cake

 

This is the best German chocolate cake recipe ever! Perfect,rich, and moist chocolate cake with creamy, nutty, coconut, caramel like frosting. It’s one of our favorite chocolate cakes. This is the BEST chocolate layer cake that can be used with other frostings and/or fillings.

 

Ingredients:

Chocolate cake-

2 cups all-urpose flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup cocoa  (I used raw cocoa)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil or any other unflavored oil.

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

 

Frosting:

1 can  or 1 1/2 cup evaporated milk

1 1/4 cup white sugar

3 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon water

3/4 cup butter

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

1 1/2 cup flaked coconut

1 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch

 

Chocolate cream:*

4 ozs. cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

* Or double the recipe for frosting

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease 2 (9-inch)round cake pans.

In a mixing bowl (I use Kitchen Aid) whisk or combine flour,sugar,cocoa,baking powder,baking soda mixed with vinegar, and salt.

Stir until well combined.

Add milk,oil,eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.

Reduce speed to low and add boiling water a little bit at a time.

Once the water is all mixed in, beat on high for 1 minute.

Evenly distribute cake batter between two prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely(out of the pan).

 

While the cake is baking, prepare frosting-

 

In a large saucepan whisk evaporated milk and cornstarch.

Add in sugar,egg yolks,butter ,and vanilla.

Cook over low heat stirring constantly  until thick.

Remove from him and stir in pecans and coconut.

Let cool.

Chocolate cream:

Beat together cream cheese,powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Gradually add heavy whipping cream starting on medium speed and going up as the cream thickens.

 

Soaking ~ (Optional)-

1 cup water

1 tablespoon brandy, cognac or kahlua liqueur .

 

Assembling cake:

Spray or pour with spoon water and liqueur over the first chocolate cake.

Spread with some cooled frosting.

Place the other cake layer on top. Moisten it, and cover the whole cake with chocolate cream starting with sides.

Spread the rest of the frosting on top of the cake. Decorate as desired.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.

This divine and super delicious recipe was adapted from adashofsanity.com.

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Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • Chocolate cake-
  • 2 cups all-urpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa (I used raw cocoa)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or any other unflavored oil.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Frosting:
  • 1 can or 1 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Chocolate cream:*
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • * Or double the recipe for frosting

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease 2 (9-inch)round cake pans.
  3. In a mixing bowl (I use Kitchen Aid) whisk or combine flour,sugar,cocoa,baking powder,baking soda mixed with vinegar, and salt.
  4. Stir until well combined.
  5. Add milk,oil,eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.
  6. Reduce speed to low and add boiling water a little bit at a time.
  7. Once the water is all mixed in, beat on high for 1 minute.
  8. Evenly distribute cake batter between two prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely(out of the pan).
  11. While cake is baking prepare frosting-
  12. In a large saucepan whisk evaporated milk and cornstarch.
  13. Add in sugar,egg yolks,butter ,and vanilla.
  14. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until thick.
  15. Remove from him and stir in pecans and coconut.
  16. Let cool.
  17. Chocolate cream:
  18. Beat together cream cheese,powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  19. Gradually add heavy whipping cream starting on medium speed and going up as the cream thickens.
  20. Soaking ~ (Optional)-
  21. 1 cup water
  22. 1 tablespoon brandy, cognac or kahlua liqueur .
  23. Assembling cake:
  24. Spray or pour with spoon water and liqueur over the first chocolate cake.
  25. Spread with some cooled frosting.
  26. Place the other cake layer on top. Moisten it, and cover the whole cake with chocolate cream starting with sides.
  27. Spread the rest of the frosting on top of the cake. Decorate as desired.
  28. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.
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