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Monday, January 28, 2008

Baking with Hannah

Hannah came over on Saturday and we went to Joanne's and bought puff paints and then we came home and made cupcakes and decorated my apron that i use in ceramics to not get COMPLETELY covered in clay and dust.
Here's a link to her journal entry about the event: Greener Living

The recipe for our cupcakes can be found in the 1975 Joy of Cooking that I inherited from my Granny.
One -Egg Cake
Two 8-inch Round Pans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Have all ingredients at about 75 degrees.Sift into an electric mixer bowl and mix for about 2 minutes at medium speed:
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup soft butter

2/3 cup milk

Add and mix for 2 minutes more, scraping bowl constantly:
1 egg
1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour the batter into greased pans and bake for about 25 minutes.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
About 2 cups
3 oz. chocolate
3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
Add gradually:
4 cups confectioners' sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine this mixture with the melted chocolate and beat until smooth and ready to be spread.

Then today I made brownies using my 2006 75th Anniversary edition of the Joy.
Brownies Cockaigne
The little intro bit says, "If you want them chewy and moist, use a 13 x 9-inch pan; if cakey, a 9 x 9-inch pan.")

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking pan lined with foil. Melt in a small saucepan:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

Let cool. If you don't, your brownies will be heavy and dry. Beat until light in color and foamy in texture:
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt

Gradually add and continue beating until thick:
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

With a few swift strokes, stir in the cooled chocolate mixture just until combined. Even if you are using an electric mixer, switch to a wooden spoon for this. Stir in just until combined:
1 cup all-purpose flour
Gently stir in, if desired:
(1 cup chopped pecans) (i used 1 cup milk chocolate chips)
Scrape batter into the prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes. Cool completely in the pan on a rack.

This is my favorite picture from Hannah's blog. As Ben put it, "You look so ill." These young people and their lingo.

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