Archive for March 20, 2013

Guinness Chocolate Spice Cake

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Beer.. There are many kinds. Today, we’ll focus on stouts, sometimes also known as porters. A stout is a beer that is by made using roasting barley or roasted malt along with yeast, water, and hops. Stouts originated in London, England in the early 18th century and have since been enjoyed and even used therapeutically. There are many different types of stouts including Irish stouts, chocolate stouts, coffee stouts, milk stouts, and even oyster stouts. In this recipe, we’ll be using Irish, or dry, stouts – a deep, dark stout that embodies a roasted flavor. Read more

Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting

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Smooth, Lush Cream Cheese Frosting (Peanut Butter & Nutella Variations)

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Cream cheese frosting, not unlike a lot of American frostings, is made with confectioner’s sugar. Confectioner’s sugar, also knows as powdered sugar and 10x (indicating the finer crystals) usually contains a bit of cornstarch to improve the consistency and prevent caking that may occur.

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

March 4th was National Pound Cake Day. What better cake to make for this week’s post than a delicious, satisfying pound cake? Pound cake seems an unusual name for a cake. Does the cake weigh a pound when it’s baked? Does one gain a pound after having eaten this cake? Actually, pound cake refers to the ingredients used in making it. Original recipes, dating back to the 1700’s in Britain, require a pound each of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. These ratios would have produced a lot of cake – enough for a few families and the cake would have been quite heavy and dense.

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Blueberry Compote

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