Monday, February 22, 2010

Homemade Baking Mix

Its 11pm and you have a hankering for pancakes, waffles, biscuits, coffeecake, whatever, and you are out of Bisqui....your favorite baking mix.
What to do??? All in a tizzy?
Well, fret no more, my friends.
Noshings is here to save the day!

What you'll need:

6 c. all purpose flour
3 Tbs. baking powder (make sure its fresh and hasn't been in your cabinet since your teenage son was in diapers)
1 Tb. baking soda
1 Tb. salt
3 Tbs. sugar

Sift all these ingredients together and hopefully you have a Kitchen Aid...if not, a handmixer will do, it will just wear your arms out a bit.

Put your sifted ingredients in the mixer bowl and add:

1 c. vegetable shortening (butter-flavor will work here, as well)

With the whisk attachment, start slowly, increasing speed a bit as the shortening incorporates into the flour.
You may have to stop the mixer and scrape off the whisk and sides once or twice.
But, in the end, you should have a powdery mixer with no lumps.
I like to keep this in a large tupperware container in the frig.
Use it just like you would Bisqui....your favorite baking mix!

Soon, I will be adding recipes using this mix.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Ugly Mug....Cake

So, this isn't rocket science, which is a good thing, we'd all die.
Math is NOT my thing.

Its an individual cake, in a coffee cup, hot and gooey, straight from your microwave.
Ive tried dozens of these and this one takes the cake....har har.

What you'll need:

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix (Pilsbury, Betty Crocker, generic, whatever you like)
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix (instant)

Mix these together and package up in a large mason jar, gallon ziplock bag, etc. This is your base for many, many, ooey, gooey, chocolate fantasms of joy.

1/2 c. chocolate cake/pudding mix
1 heaping Tbsp. sour cream
1 Tbsp. oil
1/4 c. coffee (I usually just grab whatever is left over from the coffee pot. You can use water here, as well)
1 Tbsp. chocolate chips (the mini ones work best)

Mix up your ingredients and spoon into a coffee mug (or a cereal bowl, I usually just use this since it comes out prettier) that you've sprayed with non-stick spray. Now, all mugs are not created equal. Make sure your mug is microwavable and don't fill the mug more than halfway with your batter. As a tiny, chocolate Chernobyl may result in your microwave.

Microwave on full power for about a minute and 20 seconds. Again, all microwaves are not created equal. If you have an ancient one, it may take a few seconds longer than a brand new, technologically advanced zapper.
And you will have...this.
(In the cereal bowl, it just looks like a little cake, no falling at all, its amazing is what it is)

Try your best not to scream and hold back your feelings of revoltion. Its not THAT bad looking. Big baby.

To make it pretty, top with whipped cream or iiiiiiiiice cream...NOM.

This little cake, too easy to be true, is so rich and moist. It reminds me a bit of a flourless torte.
Go sit in the corner, hovering over your decadent treat like a vulture, growl at the kids and the dog. But, whatever you do, just don't tell Jacques Torres, he'd probably retract my rights to touch chocolate ever again.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

Eek! My first entry in a I Heart Faces photo challenge. Its not going to win, but you just got to get your feet wet at some point!
This is my cousin and his fiance before their engagement party last weekend.
Not one for the norm, we thought a 40's vintage feel would be cool.
Thanks for peeking!


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