My First Pumpkin Fix of the Fall

 finished cake

Well, the other day dawned overcast and in the 60’s.  It’s been mostly high 70’s & 80’s still in this part of the country, so the urge to bake was too strong to resist.  And since I still haven’t baked anything pumpkin, this afternoon I decided to come up with a recipe for pumpkin pound cake.  Now I know there are probably thousands of pumpkin recipes on the internet, but I like to play in the kitchen.  It’s what I do.  So that’s what I did.  And I have to say that this is going to be a hit with my friends and family!  Continue reading

Dinner Tonight

I love this picture!

I was gone for 3 days attending a family wedding in Phoenix.  When I came home, I brought a nasty sinus infection back with me.  Not sure what I was thinking there…Anyway, today is the first day I have actually felt good in almost 2 weeks.  So of course, I spent the day in the kitchen!  Well, not all of it.  🙂  But since it was stormy and rainy it seemed like the thing to do.

Dinner menu for tonight:

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Cracked Wheat French Bread

Lemon Poundcake with home canned peaches.  Yummy!

Right now the soup is in the crockpot, the poundcake is in the oven and the bread is rising on the cabinet.  Wow my house smells good.  I’m so glad I can smell again!

I’m not sure if Beowulf and the Village People survived my unintentioned neglect, though.  Right now Beowulf (my sourdough starter) has been newly fed and is snuggled up to the crockpot.  And the Village People (my water kefir grains–there’s a lot of them and they look funny 🙂 ) have been submerged in a fresh batch of sugar water in hopes of having a lemon-lime soda-y beverage soon.  I’ve only gotten one batch of water kefir so far–hope these Village People aren’t a one-hit-wonder…Y-M-C-A…But I digress…

Things are slowly getting back to normal, although I haven’t had the energy to tackle the bathrooms yet.  Maybe tomorrow?

What’s on your menu tonight?

Does It Get Any Better Than Chocolate?

Chocolate Poundcake

This happened to be an experiment that turned out amazingly yummy.  I had some chocolate left over from making eclairs and couldn’t bear to see it go to waste!  So I decided that I needed something to pour it on :).  This is the result, and according to my tasters, is something I need to make fairly often.  Here is how I made this masterful use of leftover chocolate.

Chocolate Poundcake


4 oz semisweet chocolate

1 cup butter

2  cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

Melt 4 oz chocolate in microwave  until soft enough to stir.  Don’t over heat or it will scorch.  Mix into buttermilk until smooth.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each one.  Beat 2 1/2 minutes on high.  Add vanilla.

Sift dry ingrediants and add alternating with buttermilk/chocolate mixture.  Beat 3 1/2 minutes.

Pour in buttered and floured Bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Turn out of pan onto a cooling rack.  When cool transfer to a serving plate.


4 oz semisweet chocolate

2 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp butter, cup into pieces

Melt chocolate and water together in microwave.  Don’t over heat or it will scorch.  Stir until smooth.  Gradually stir in the butter.  It should be thin enough to pour.  If not, reheat until it is.  Pour over the cake.  Let cool til set.

Serve yourself a slice of this amazing chocolatey yumminess with a hot cup of tea or coffee and your day will instantly improve!

This is a really good chocolate fix, but not cloyingly sweet.  Perfect to make for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps next time I’ll add some instant coffee to the cake and see what happens…