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Thursday, October 22, 2009


There's nothing like FALLISH weather to get me in the mood for...
AND it's time for
Stop over and tell her hello and see all the goodies everyone has to offer..
And, thanks so much for stopping here.

Pumpkins, red and gold leaves...a fallish colored VW.....
berry muffins.....
I've been baking and my house is smelling so goooood.......I wish you could smell it....
The mail man brought my new issue this morning...
and my mouth started watering for those delicious pies.
Some of these are little mini pies...individual, if you will.

Too much work for MOI....I'm getting lazy in my olden years !
THIS cake looked so good to me, I decided to make it.
I have our home fellowship group coming on Sunday and I needed a good dessert..
This one, along with some Cranberry muffins and what other desserts some of the ladies might bring, sounds good to me.

We always have a great meal..."breaking bread together...."

every Sunday !!
I made it and put it in the freezer....
then, on Sunday, I will fix the glaze for it.
1 cup whipping cream
4 oz. semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350...butter and flour your pan (I use Pam) 9x5x3 loaf pan.
2. In a small pan, heat whipping cream until hot, not boiling. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir until all mixed and let cool.
3. Mix 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) with your mixer and add 1 cup brown sugar. Mix until fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture.
4. Combine all dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture.
Beat until well mixed and pour into prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
5. Bake about 45 minutes or until toothpickcomes out clean when stuck into the center of cake. ( my oven cooks a little fast so I took this one out at 35 minutes).

In a skillet, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of water, and 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about one minute.
Stir in 1/2 cup sliced kumquats, 1 tangerine, sliced and seeded and 1/4 cup cranberries. Cook, stiring often just until kumquats start to soften, about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour 1/2 over cake...saving the other 1/2 to serve along with the slices.
NOW....may I just say THIS....

At this posting, I have not tasted this brand new cake

I do know for a fact that it took me 45 minutes to get it all together and I am sure I used every single measuring cup, spoon, bowl and beaters in my whole, entire kitchen

And chopping those hard squares of chocolate..

was. not. fun

I had it all over the counter, sink, floor and me! I didn't like that part of it very much...can you buy the stuff already chopped???

WHEW.....i'm just sayin'.......

Both the CHOCOLATE cake and the CRANBERRY muffins are now in the freezer...
just waiting to be dressed on Sunday ... just before some of the sweetest people on the planet come over to celebrate JESUS CHRIST with us.
AND, I'll let you know about how that cake tastes. If it's good,
you may want to make yourself one !!!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, please come back and tell me that this isn't good. I am a chocoholic, and I will HAVE to make this if you say it was good. (It sure looks good). laurie

Lilly's Home said...

Sounds so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

And by the way...I have searched and searched for that maple walnut fudge recipe and I just can't seem to find it. You know, I have a problem with putting things in places so I can find them easier and I forget where I put them.

I'll still keep my eye open! Happy Fall, Lilly

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Well, it looks good. I bet it will be delicious.


Shirley said...

It certainly looks delicious! That's what I like the real truth about a recipe!! I've fixed those that you have so many dishes to clean up afterward you wonder if it was worth it!! Let us know!

Brenda Eason said...

It looks great BJ. I would love to be in your group.
So how is the toe? I hope it is feeling much better.

Justine said...

BJ, I think you do these sweet, delicious posts just to torment me. Hmph. No fair!

Now what is this fellowship thing you do? Is that after church, or instead of? What religion?

Justine :o )

Melissa Miller said...

Okay so I am back to drool and torture myself looking at your delicious goodies you baked.

Still on my diet. Yummmmmm...:)

Have a wonderful time Sunday.
~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Justine said...

Btw... the post I put up today? It just might be the first one that actually offends you! LOL

Justine :o )

Alicia said...

Mmmmmmm, that looks great. Please take pics of all the other desserts for us too.

The Fajdich Times said...

The Butterscotch glaze sounds wonderful! I got that magazine this week also. Lots of good stuff. Enjoy your cake:)

Really Rainey said...

I...I...I... gotta have that chocolate loaf! I was looking at your blog with my niece and she said is that chocolate bread and I said "mayyyyybe" and she said we could make sand-witches with it... and I said...
"Why not!"
Have a wonderful week end!
~Really Rainey~

Stacey said...

Mmmmm, that sounds so good. I think I'll pass on chopping that chocolate though...unless you come back and say we Just Can't Live Without this cake. :)

Nancy Jane said...

Wish I were coming over on Sunday for the cake and the fellowship. Love your description of chopping the chocolate...I feel the same way some days ;)

love lives in the kitchen said...

everything look so yummy! i love also the picture with pumpkins, flowers and autumn leafs.
wish you a great weekend,

Kathleen Grace said...

I wish I could smell your house too! lol:>) I love that little red barn next to the pumpkins, what a beautiful display. Enjoy your fellowship Sunday!

Beverly said...

Good morning, sweet friend.

I'll be waiting for the taste test. It certainly does sound delicious. And, I know your friends will love it.

santamaker said...

Oh goodness, BJ! You ALWAYS have the bestest food! That looks heavenly.

Mary said...

It looks delicious and I suspect that combination of ingredients has produced a winner. I'll be back though for the official verdict.

The Redhead Riter said...

"I had it all over the counter, sink, floor and me!"

That is the worst part of making a recipe with the chocolate that you have to chop, but it usually is oh so worth it!

Found you on SITS today. I lived in DFW area of Texas most of my life. I miss the people, boots, hats, big buckles and friendliness of the peeps, but I sure don't miss the heat!

You have a lovely blog! 71?!! How wonderful! You are a beautiful lady with a peaceful glow about you. I enjoyed my visit to your blog this morning.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This looks ttttooooo ggggoooooddd!

Somewhere along the way, I have missed the news of your toe!! Had no idea, but hope it's better, now!:-)

shopannies said...

was it worth all your hard work ? Recipe sounds delicious chocolate and butterscotch together in a cake recipe sounds like a terrific idea

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Love your blog and this post is particularly wonderful! Thanks for the visit today...I, like you, was a teen in the 50's, finishing high school in '57! We have many of the same interests! It's great to be connected!

heartnsoulcooking said...

I think your recipe for butterscotch glaze sounds wonderful and with the chocolate cake even better.

Julie said...

YUM! Oh I am hungry!

Sorry I have not been over to visit in a while. It is show season and my life is one big blur!

We are doing well..counting down. Don only has 7 more weeks of chemo and then we just have to wait to see if it worked. Doc said the first 6 months are crutial. Thanks for thinking about us!

I had my surgery and recovered quit nicely. I actually showed my horse riding sidesaddle for the very first time 2 weeks ago. It was a blast! pics on if you are interested. You will have to scroll down a few entries.

Sue said...

BJ, those muffins had me at first glance, even before I discovered that the cake was chocolate! *grin*
I enjoy baking at this time of year- guess that nesting instinct is why we tend to pack on the pounds during the holidays, too- huh? LOL Let us know about the cake...
:-) Sue

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

both of these recipes look so good! I can't wait to hear how you enjoyed them!

Have a wonderful day!

susan said...

Don't you love all the recipes in magazines this time of year! Better still one of my favorites. I wish I could make them all, but I would eat them all...and that would not be a good thing :)

susan said...

Oh yes, THANK YOU for posting the Deck the Halls button. I can't wait!

Deb said...

now that I don't eat deserts anymore it sure is fun to look at them...LOL...well I do get desert...but on the lighter healthier side...

Anita said...

Your pictures are so pretty and that cake sounds amazing!!
Your header makes me smile every time I open up your blog :)
Have a great weekend, BJ.... I still have that 8x10 here with your name on it, lol...

I am Harriet said...

Your cake looks great!

Stopping by via SITS.
Have a great weekend!

Meggie said...

Your Halloween/Fall decorations are great, BJ! And I can practically smell all those delicious aromas from here. Put on the coffee, I'll be right over.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I just love those desserts that dirty every spoon, bowl and measuring cup in the house. They are always soooo nummy! We just had our Canadian Thanksgiving and a shame, because I would have tried this chocolate loaf. Maybe for Christmas though? Thanks for posting!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Chocolate Cake with Butterscotch Glaze... it's calling my name (can you hear it??) I'll be checking back after the weekend to see the review! It looks delicious!

Lori E said...

Well since you have worked so hard at making this cake I think you have burned enough calories that any pieces of it you it will not count at all. Good work.

Marcia said...

This looks so good. I hadn't even noticed it in the magazine. Your blog is so wonderful. I've just started one and am learning that there are so many wonderful women out there who have so much to share.
Loving it!