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Golden Butter Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting

6 egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons butter
3 cup flour

Mix yolks, 1/4 cup of the milk & vanilla. Put all dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Beat in butter till like crumbs. Beat in remaining milk. Now slowly beat in egg yolk mixture. Beat till smooth. Pour into a greased & floured 9x13 pan & bake 350 degrees 25 -35 minutes. Poke holes in cake with an object about the diameter of a drinking straw. Pour Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting over warm cake. Smooth for an even finish.

Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting
3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag marshmallows
1teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
1/2 to 1 cup of light cream
2 cups powdered sugar
Microwave chocolate chips on 50% power till melted about 2 minutes. Stir 1/2 thru and again when melted to smooth. Add marshmallows & microwave full power till melted about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir till smooth. Now beat in cream & sugar till texture is frosting consistancy. Add more or less as you prefer. Frost warm cake. Frosting will pool down in holes and smooth over the top. Delicious!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Roast Turkey & Turkey Gravy

After much thought I have decided that my Thanksgiving Turkey was just not THE BEST that I could Blog! He fell apart when I took him from the pan . Usually that would not bother me as I would just carve him up and present him at the table arranged in slices already on the platter. I tried a new method of prepping the turkey that I saw on Americas' Test Kitchen and their recipes are usually very good. They use coarse sea salt & a baking powder mixture that they rub all over the skin of the turkey with butter tucked under the skin. I thought WOW your very own butterball version ! So I did that & roasted the turkey at 325 degrees for 4 hours then 350 degrees for the last 1/2 hour with the turkey covered & basted often for the first 4 hours then uncovered for the 1/2 hour. The turkey was a little to salty for me , not as brown as I like and some of the breast drier than I wished. Could have been the turkey I bought or could have been the baking powder mixture and I will have to go back to the kitchen & try this again. Now the GRAVY was PERFECT so if you need a GREAT GRAVY recipe the one below is NO FAIL every time!

GRAVY from all those flavorful juices.
Place all the juices into a deep saucepan. Add about 2 cups of water from your potatoes that you cooked for mashed potatoes. If you do not have potato water use water. Bring pot to the boil. Stir 3 TBS of cornstarch into 1 cup of cold water. Stir until completely smooth. Now whisk this into the boiling turkey juices that you had added water to. As soon as gravy is thick & clear turn heat to low. Add seasonings, checking FIRST to see if you need salt. I am so glad I did because my turkey had just enough salt in the juices and had I added more it would have been to much salt ! Add pepper, ground sage, onion powder & parsley flakes all to taste as you prefer. I use about 1 tsp each of onion powder, sage & parsley & taste to adjust the salt & pepper. You will have smooth perfect gravy ! This will make enough gravy for 10 people + but hold onto the leftover gravy for TURKEY PIE ! I'll be blogging that recipe in the next day or so . Save about 2 cups of turkey a cup and 1/2 of gravy & a cup of vegetables ( corn, peas & carrots or mixed veggies work best ) for a double crust Turkey Pie !

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