Chocolate Bundt Cake

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (4 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
FOR THE GLAZE
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 14-cup Bundt pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix milk and sour cream in a glass measuring cup.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until just combined.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Make the glaze: Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan; pour over chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes. Add butter, and mix until smooth. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Pour glaze over cake.
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Homemade Flatbreads

Ingredients

  • 250 g cornmeal
  • 250 g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 1 x 7 g sachet of dried yeast
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Mix the cornmeal, flour and a good pinch of sea salt in a large bowl. Stir the yeast into 275ml of warm water, then add to the bowl and mix to form a pliable sticky dough, adding a splash more water, if needed.
  2. On a clean flour-dusted surface, divide into 6 balls, then flatten each into a 10cm round, pushing your fingers into the top to give you a ripple effect. Place on a lightly oiled tray, cover with a clean damp tea towel and leave to prove for 45 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, drizzle a little oil into a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Once hot, cook a few dough rounds for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden and perfectly charred, then repeat, topping up the oil between batches, if needed.

Mango Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup tequila good quality
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2/3 cup mango nectar
  • 3/4 cup frozen mangos
  • 2 ounces sweet and sour mix
  • Ice cubes
  • Margarita Salt to rim glasses
  • Lime wedges and slices

Directions

  1. Slice a lime into wedges and rub one wedge on the rim of the glass. Dip the glass upside down in the salt to rim the glass.
  2. Put lime juice, tequila, triple sec, mango nectar, and frozen mango, sweet and sour mix and ice into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Fill with the frozen mango margarita. Garnish with a lime and enjoy.

Korean Style Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and sriracha sauce. Pour over pork chops and let marinade for about 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet for medium high heat. Add pork chops, without marinade, and cook for about 5 minutes for the first side, or until it gets a nice brownish color. Flip the pork chops and pour the remaining marinade over them. Cook another 5 min on this side.
  4. Place the skillet in the oven to finish cooking them. Roast for about 10 minutes, or until pork chops are completely cooked through.

Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Directions

  1. Add egg yolks and sugar to a medium saucepan and whisk until a light yellow color and well combined. In another small sauce pan, heat milk over medium-low heat until it just begins to simmer. Do not stir. Gradually add milk to egg and sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Return to heat until it reaches 165º F, but do not allow it to come to a boil. As soon as it reaches the correct temperature, remove it from the heat. Pour custard base into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until it chills to 65º F. The longer the custard base chills, the creamier your ice cream will be.
  2. Once the custard base is ready, stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract and pour it into your ice cream maker and process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Vegetarian Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
  • 3 carrots, sliced (2 cups)
  • 1 parsnip, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sliced okra, optional
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. paprika
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Stir together oil and flour in Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot until smooth. Cook over high heat 10 minutes, or until roux turns a dark caramel color, stirring constantly.
  2. 2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until vegetables are softened. Stir in all remaining ingredients and 4 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 40 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Serve over rice

Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 c. cake flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for pans
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 c. fresh raspberries, divided, plus more for decorating
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. Buttermilk
  • 3 drops pink food coloring, optional
  • 3 tbsp. seedless raspberry preserves
  • Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • meringue kisses and edible flowers, for decorating
Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 c. fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 3 c. confectioners’ sugar