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Diigo bookmarks 10/23/2008

  • tags: obama, politics, halloween

  • must try this. i love salted caramel.

    tags: recipes, caramel, sauce

    • deep, dark salted butter caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream
    • Deep, Dark Salted Butter Caramel Sauce [Sauce au Caramel au Beurre Salé]

      Makes about 1 1/3 cups of dessert sauce

      1 cup sugar
      3 ounces (6 tablespoons) salted butter, the better you can get, the better it will taste
      1/2 cup plus two tablespoons heavy cream, at room temperature

      Melt the sugar over medium to moderately high heat in a larger pot than you think you’ll need–at least two or three quarts, whisking or stirring the sugar as it melts to ensure it heats evenly. Cook the liquefied sugar to a nice, dark copper color. Add the butter all at once and stir it in, before turning off the stove and pour in the heavy cream (The sauce will foam up quite a bit when you add it; this is why you want the larger pot.), whisking it until you get a smooth sauce.

      You use it right away or pour it into a jar and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. When you take it out, it will likely have thickened a bit but 60 seconds in the microwave brings it right back to pouring consistency.

      Serve over everything.

  • tags: recipes, cake, chocolate

    • Enlightened Chocolate Snackin’ Cake

      Meditate on the following as you savor a piece of this old fashioned-tasting chocolate cake, morning, noon, or night: unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate (hello chocolate chips!) are loaded with antioxidants; and each piece comes with 3.1 grams of whole grain fiber, to boot. Zen!

      1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
      1 cup sugar
      1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably NOT Dutch process)
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      1 cup cold water
      1/2 cup canola oil
      1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
      Optional: 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting

      Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch-square metal cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

      In a medium bowl whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until well-blended.

      In a large bowl whisk the water, oil and vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients. Spread batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.

      Bake cake 35 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on rack. Cool. Serve warm, room temperature or cold. If desired, sift with powdered sugar. Makes 12 generous servings.

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