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GingerPop, a Recipe by quornflour

#foodporn #foodie #snack #eattherainbow #paleo GingerPop Ok try this: In a 5qt Dutch oven (or stovetop crank popper), melt 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil (enough to cover the bottom) Add 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger and stir into the oil Pour popcorn kernels to cover the base of the Dutch oven and pop As soon as it is done drizzle 1 teaspoon of grade B maple syrup over popcorn and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and toss it Give it a minute or two and then enjoy.



Most Delicious Apple (Pie) Sauce by quornflour

Ok, so I only going to share this because my dear friend Missy asked me to post some Thanksgiving, holiday, fall foods. So you can all thank her for this. Else it would have remained a secret for ever and ever.

Now, apple sauce is one of those things that is really quite easy to make. Take some fresh delicious apples, stick them in a pot, turn the heat on medium and let them slowly turn to mush. Easy and delicious.

This is not that apple sauce, this is some most delicious apple sauce that you might lose track of time and forget to make your gingersnaps…

You are going to need a giant bag of apples, like 12 quart bag worth of sauce or pie apples (the farmers market or grocer can tell you which ones are best a present) and a 10 quart pot. Basically, because the apples reduce so much having them start overflowing is not going to be an issue.

Cut the apples in quarters, you are going to use a ricer later on, so you can leave the seeds and skins on and put them in your pot with a ½ Cup of water to start the heating process.

Add:

  • 1 C candied ginger
  • 1 C brown sugar (packed)
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup spiced rum (the alcohol will burn off if you are concerned about giving this to children, or you can just tell the kids it isn’t for them and they can just deal with that)
  • 1 C Amish Rolled salted butter… yes you read that right, butter.

Now, you do not necessarily want to just use any old butter, if you cannot find Amish butter, then Kerry Gold will suffice, though the Amish butter is the best, it is a wonder they do not all die off of heart disease on account of just how delicious it is.

On medium heat, let them cook down, keep an eye and must them down now and again until you can fit the lid on. Stirring occasionally, let them cook down.

Once they are mush, use a ricer to get out the giant chunks of things, really, you could also just throw it in the blender too.

I sent this to a friend of mine who opened it, “just to try a taste”, next thing she knew it was gone. I can tell you I was overjoyed at the end of a crap day to find the last jar in a pile of other goodness I Had canned, so can this and hide some, or use it as a gift, because seriously, it is some good stuff.



Readjusting Cake by quornflour

A while back I made chocolate cake, then I rejiggered it and made citrus spice cake.

Around that time a friend of mine posted on facebook about Mexican Hot Chocolate, so today I decided I would make a cake, but decided I would make it with a little kick, it is basically the same as the chocolate recipe but with a few added spices, super delicious.

Here is what you will need for 2 cake rounds.

  • 3 Cups of flour
  • 2 Cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2-3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 Cups of oil
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kahlua
  • 2 Cups room temp coffee

In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients mix with a whisk.

In a smaller bowl mix the wet ingredients.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix with whisk.

Pour into greased and floured round cake dishes and bake at 350⁰ for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out dry.

Let cool on a rack and frost as desired.

Pardon the photo, I leant out my favorite food lens, but I get it back tomorrow!



Mmm Cake by quornflour

Ever have one of those days, where the only thing that will make you happy is cake?

No?

Liar.

Okay, perhaps it is hormones, whatever.

Sunday, I wanted cake.

I looked for recipes, they seemed good but I then realized I was missing vanilla. When the recipe called for water… I thought to myself, meh, it is chocolate cake, water, coffee, coffee, water. Same difference… especially since I had a half a pot of late brewed coffee sitting in my coffee pot that I just could not simply chuck out.

So like I have said before I can never leave well enough alone. So I took an already delicious cake recipe and make it more delicious.

Here is my first experiment with making cake in a very long time… turned out pretty good, but have some ideas on how to make it even more delicious next time.

Here is what you will need for 2 cake rounds.

  • 3 Cups of flour
  • 2 Cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2/3 Cups of oil
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kahlua
  • 2 Cups room temp coffee

In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients mix with a whisk.

In a smaller bowl mix the wet ingredients.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix with whisk.

Pour into greased and floured round cake dishes and bake at 350⁰ for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out dry.

Let cool on a rack and frost as desired.

I only made one, but then turned it into a “half layered cake” (frost half the cake, cut it in half, frost the second half, if you are careful you can make it look like a layered cake that was half eaten) I frosted it with some most delicious chocolate frosting. I ate a slice. Then I brought a really huge slice to my coffee addicted 82 year old landlady Lil (aka Crazy Lil’ – on account of everyone around here having gone bonkers).

After an exchange of texts which resulted from the Crazy Birds cake that Ben’s parents made him, I brought the rest to work.

Seriously, hormonal or not, I do NOT need that much cake staring at me at home. It’s chocolate; it is not like I can give it to the Doo, besides, Tito and Ernesto need a little more cake love in their life.

Though right now, I am sort of wishing I had kept a slice… maybe time to make a new cake…

Would it be weird to put beats in cake?




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