Wednesday, August 8, 2007

today's muse: philippe saisse: moanin

although I'm not a great lover of sweets... Ido like sin, preferably accessible homemade sin: using the finest ingredients. no souffles need apply here; they take more work than they give back in pleasure.
valrhona 72% qualifies. brownies satisfy only if they are laden with unusual spices, dried fruits, etc. chipotle works.

'wargame' chocolate cake is quicker (I've even nuked it). wargame: piece of cake on silver. one take foto: fates prevailed: batteries failed; it is what it is. THE CAKE requires no TADA. it defies description. it's just good cake. . . a cost-effective classic.

WarGame Chocolate Cake1 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar (i usually mix with brown sugar; and reduce total)
1/4 cup cocoa (i add a bit more cocoa, sokay!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water (fun w liquid: i've used beet poison, coffee, soy sauce)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vinegar (do not omit)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add
water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; stir with spoon or wire whisk just
until batter is smooth and ingredients are well blended. Pour into
greased and floured 9-inch layer pan or 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350
for 35-40 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool in pan; frost
as desired.

3/4 c. Bisquick
1 c. sugar
1 c. chopped nuts
1/3 c. cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 lb. melted butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Put all ingredients into mixing bowl and beat 1 minute. Pour into 8 inch square pan that has been greased. Bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Frost with fudge frosting.

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