Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chocolate Truffle Cake, Bloody Mary, And White Bean Soup

These are just three topics I wanted to write about and decided to combine them.  Header shot is Fat Albert spruce on left, pink Patio Peach, and Yoshino Cherry behind.

After posting about this several times, I thought I should go ahead and put up the recipe. I would have done it earlier, but I had to use my three finger hunt-and-peck method to type it in.

Chocolate Truffle Cake
Nestles via Woman’s Day magazine, 2005

- 3 cups (18oz) Semisweet chocolate chips (Or your favorite chocolate – Bev used Merken's)
- 2 sticks Butter, unsalted
- 6 Eggs, large at room temperature
- 1-2 tbsp Chambord raspberry liqueur (added by Bev)

Preheat oven to 425*, Coat an 8” dia x 3” high cake pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom with wax paper and spray paper. Have a larger roasting pan ready.

Melt chips and butter together in a bowl over boiling water and stir until well blended.

Beat eggs in a large bowl with a mixer on high for 7 minutes, or until tripled and soft peaks form. Fold in chocolate mixture until blended and pour into cake pan. Cover loosely with foil.

Place large pan inside oven, place cake pan inside it and pour boiling water into large pan halfway up the side of cake pan. Bake 40 minutes.

Cool cake pan on a wire rack. Cover and cool in fridge for 3 hours or until firm. Invert on a serving platter and shake down sharply to release cake. Peel off paper.

Serve topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries (added by Bev).

If you are a chocolate lover, I'm confident you'll enjoy this dessert.

After I read Velva’s post for a Cajun Bloody Mary over at Tomatoes On The Vine, I knew I had to try it, so on my next trip to the store, I got the only missing ingredient – pickled okra. Velva, I don’t know if you found this recipe or invented it, but I loved it. I used 1/8 tsp of the okra juice, 1/8 tsp of Fire Ant Juice, and my homemade tomato juice and beef stock. I tried ½ tsp of horseradish in the second one, but didn’t like it as well – I shouldn’t be fooling around with perfection. These things are like Salty Dogs – they go down real easy. I decided to make up the quart of tomato juice and ended up with this.

As I read the recipes on your blog, I often say “wow, I must try this”, so I put it on my “must-try” list and often forget to go back to it. It works much better if I can make the dish within a few days and it worked out with this one. Pam, over at Pam’s Midwest Kitchen Corner, recently posted her recipe for White Bean Soup With Andouille Sausage and as it happened I had the necessary ingredients - sorta.

I had some newly made smoked sausage and some kale that I’d purchased for another meal but didn’t use and these seemed close enough. From an ingredients standpoint I followed Pam's recipe except for these two (I used homemade chicken broth) but I cooked it on the stove. I didn’t pay attention to the fact that it was a crockpot meal, so without thought, I put by beans in water the night before to soak. Since they no longer needed an all-day cook, I just added everything to a pot over very low heat and cooked for about four and a half hours.

I added a little crushed red pepper and grated parmesan to mine to kick it up a little and it was delicious.

The next morning I had a bowl of reheated soup and a bloody mary from the pitcher.  Both were just as good or better the next day.  Thanks Velva and Pam for the recipes.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.



  1. Leftovers of a bowl of soup and Bloody Mary's for breakfast? Now that's what I call making the best of retirement! I had a Bloody Mary in a restaurant about a month ago that they garnished with one of those hot fat round red peppers and secret ingredient was a drizzle of the hot pickling juice/brine from the bottle. Loved it.

  2. Love the header...beautiful!
    YAY! I'm so glad you posted the cake recipe! Can't wait to try it!

  3. Yum, this sounds like a delicious recipe and I'm going to have to add it to my files! The last time I had a Bloody Mary for breakfast, I was sitting on a terrace in Mexico (on a Christmas morning) in shorts and flip flops. sigh

    Love the header - I'm still looking at snow plow mounds, but I saw robins this week and that's a very good sign!

  4. That cake is "gluten free" too! Congrats, Larry, you're right in style! No one ever says that to us old farts, do they? Oh, well.

    I could use a bowl of that soup right about now. The pot of chicken soup I made on Thursday is a distant memory....and it snowed here again, making me need more soup....

  5. Larry, That soup looks Killer Good!! Lots of flavor and comfort going on... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. Wow---so much in one post, Larry.... First of all, I love the fruit trees in spring --but that is one of the healthiest spruce's I have ever seen. LOVE it.

    I think I could gain a pound just looking at that chocolate cake.... ha ha ....

    I read about the Cajun Bloody Mary on Vela's blog ---and believe it or not, I thought of YOU....

    I love white beans and sausage --so I would love that recipe.

  7. This all looks delicious! Love the cake because of the great chocolate raspberry combo and love the Bloody Mary also. Nice heat it and bet it goes down easy for sure. The soup looks great too. Your sausage had to be a tasty addition. I make it on the stove also sometimes too, good and easy. Thanks for the nod.

  8. Great way to use that sausage.


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