Monday, February 28, 2011

over the weekend.....

sun. snow. snow. snow. sun. melty snow.
the recipes:
black bean and hominy soup
Sometimes I just dump stuff in a pot and call it here's a soup that there isn't really a "recipe" for, but if you like to throw things together too, I'm sure you will figure it out easily.
1 onion, 3 garlic cloves, large handful roasted red peppers, 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 can hominy (drained and rinsed), 1 can diced tomatoes, 4 cups chicken broth, large pinch of ground chipotle flakes, small palmful of chili powder, s&p to taste. Top with avocado and cilantro.

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Milk

this cake is rich and fudgey with just a hint of coconut.

2 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water
6 TBS butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line bottom of pan with round of parchment paper, butter paper, and sides of pan.

Finely chop chocolate and in a bowl combine with hot water and cocoa powder. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

Into a large bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs (adding one at a time) until thickened slightly and lemon colored (about 3 minutes). Slowly add coconut milk, and melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined well. Add flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.

Pour batter into pan, and bake in middle of oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, ***NOTE! my timer died in the middle of baking! haha so I have no idea how long I baked it....start checking at 20-25 minutes or so.*** 

Cool cake completely before frosting.

Chocolate Coconut Buttercream
6 TBS butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-6 TBS coconut milk,
1/2 tsp - 1tsp pure coconut extract, depending on how coconut-y you want it.
(be sure to get pure coconut extract, and not imitation, or your cake will taste like sun-tan oil.)

Beat butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, and coconut extract, and add coconut milk a little at a time until you reach a consistency you like.



kylie said...

you are so talented! beautiful pictures - wish i could eat that!

Fee ist mein Name said...

That cake sounds amazing!I'm going to try it soon, definitely!!

Gillian said...

I am so going to try that cake! The soup looks delish as well, too bad the men in my life think all meals require meat. What's up with that boys? Thanks for the ideas...

Katie Baba Nielson said...

do you roast your own red peppers and keep them in the fridge or buy them from the store?!

sheena said...

Katie, in the summer when there are lots of good peppers available I roast my own--it's super easy. But in the winter months I buy the kind in the jar:)

summer said...

coconut milk in a CAKE?! ahhhh! hooray. everything looks extra pretty, sheena- as always!

Rachael said...

When I saw that eyes got big, and my mouth started to water! Chocolately goodness!!

lindsi said...

i am a new reader, and i am very inspired by your blog! i love your recipes, simple and healthy. and also i wanted to say i just completed my first ever week of running.EVER. my husband has always wanted me to run with him, and all i could think of was horrible memories of running the mile in grade school.. but the recent posts you wrote about running stuck in my mind. and i finally did it, and am feeling better already!

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I've just stumbled across your blog by pure accident and 'oh my' the cake, the pictures....I'm drooling.

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Anonymous said...

I was happy to jump down to the comments and find an even mix focusing on both the soup and the cake. I thought I'd be the only one to comment on the soup after those cake photos! I wanted to say that this is exactly what I'm looking for. We're having a Southwestern black bean and veg salad tonight, which will leave leftovers of beans, avocado, radish; couple this with our love of posole + a pantry ever-stocked with hominy, I can use up everything in one (delicious) fell swoop!

Cheers and thanks for the inspiration,


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your blog makes me so hungry....and happy too!

Lillie said...

Ok Sheena--- is that cake as delicious as it looks? YOu didn't rave, but it looks SO good to me... is it because I'm trying desperately to avoid treats starting... today... at least 'till the weekend. Maybe I'll bakes this next weekend. yuuuuuuuuuum.

sheena said... is really good!!! I feel weird raving about my own recipes....haha. It's super rich, yet I couldn't stop eating it, of course:)

Kat @ Cupcake Kat said...

That cake sounds scrumptious. I have some coconut milk to use up so I may have to try this

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I just LOVE your eye for photography. So very lovely!

Kaitlin said...

I just made this cake and it is SO crazy good! I made a different frosting to go with it, but I still love it. Thanks for the recipe!

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