It seems like a good idea to post another dessert recipe on this frigid winter day. In the Northeast our temperature with windchill is -27 fahrenheit, which is -32 celsius – it is darn cold! Even in the house you feel a slight coldness – even though the temperature is the same as always. But one look outside and you just feel cold. It is possible to get frostbite if your skin is exposed for 15-minutes in this weather. So what’s a gal to do? Well I try out new recipes and to stay warm today I made my Tomato Based Beef Stew with Red Wine Undertones. To stay occupied I have the first season of Broadchurch to get through in preparation for season 2 that starts in March. I need to be careful of any spoilers since it is being aired in the UK right now. It is an intense series and I love how Tennant plays such a different character than he did in Dr. Who. I just loved him in Dr. Who and it is great to see him in a different role – more intense. The filming is excellent with the angles, the close ups, and the beautiful coast line! Is anyone watching Broadchurch? We also want to see Mr. Selfridge but Broadchurch is the first priority. Greg and I love quality TV and it can be difficult to find good shows. Big Bang Theory is also a great show that I am completely addicted. Of course I know people and work with people who are similar to the main characters in the show. Recently I finished a book series by Nora Roberts and started another series she wrote – both are based in Ireland. They are a great escape from this bitter cold and snowy winter. One would think with such bitter temperatures that it would not snow. But yesterday it snowed another 6-inches – somehow it does not seem fair! What is your favorite way to escape from winter? The cranberries are great with this dessert but of course you could substitute cherries or some other dried fruit that you might have in the pantry. I actually made this cake for a birthday at work and decided to make individual servings – I think they present so nicely. Just before serving pour or drizzle the icing letting it puddle on the plate. Very pretty indeed! Dry Ingredients 2 cups cake flour 2 cups sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt Wet Ingredients 1 cup milk ½ cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water Cranberries and Spices 1 cup cranberries, chopped mixed with 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp Ginger 1 tsp Cinnamon Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter ⅛ cup unsweetened cocoa powder About 1/2 cup cake flour 1/2 to 1 cup confectioners’ sugar About ¼ to ½ cup water 1 tsp vanilla Cranberry Topping Cranberries Maple Syrup Preparation Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans or ramekins by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Add dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a mixer blend together the wet ingredients except for the boiling water. Add dry ingredients and once blend carefully add the boiling water. Mix in cranberries and spices. Distribute batter into desired baking pans whether it is a cake or ramekins. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While the cake is baking, prepare the chocolate peanut butter icing. I like to add it just before serving and top with cranberries mixed with maple syrup for a garnish.
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