Thursday, October 2, 2008

Midterm's Week

I have been so busy with school, both my children's and my own that I have neglected my site. Sorry to those who view it , and thank you for continuing to do so.

October is a busy baking month for me, with our harvest party at the end of the month, a son's birthday and children's school party's. Oh and finals that are cooking exams. So watch for lots of great holiday/fall recipes in the next four weeks.


Until then... Here's a great recipe from a final last semester. Looks harder than it is and will impress any guest or family member

Chocolate Ganache Cake with Hazelnut Whipped Cream

Chocolate Cake

1/4 pound butter at room tempature

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 16oz can hershey syrup

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

Heat oven to 325, spray round 8 inch pan with cooking spray very liberally.

Cream butter and sugar in bowl, add the eggs one at a time until combined. Mix in syrup and vanilla. Add the flour until just combined, do not overmix.

Pour batter into pan and bake 40 minutes until just set in middle. Let cool completely.

Ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream

8 oz. good chocolate chips

1 tsp. instant coffee

Fill large pot 1/2 full of water and boil. Add ingredients to metal mixing bowl that will fit on top of pot to make a double boiler. Continue until mixture is smooth.

To make individual cakes use a round cookie cutter and cut as many rounds out of cooled cake as you can. remove from pan and place on cookie sheet topped with a cooling rack. Place rounds on cooling rack and pour ganache on top let run down side and smooth if you would like.

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp chopped hazelnuts

1 tsp. hazelnut syrup

Beat cream until light and fluffy. add sugar hazelnuts and syrup fold into mixture. If you want to be fancy pipe from frosting bag onto plate.

This dessert is one of my favorites to serve but beware it is very rich!!!

1 comment:

Kim said...

Im dying here, this looks SO GOOD! Hazelnut whipped cream.....mmmmmmm! Do you care if I add your blog to my favorites?