Orange Chiffon Cake ~ Recipe from 1948

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Orange Chiffon Cake ~ Recipe from 1948

I lost my Nana 3 weeks ago. After a 4 year battle with cancer, cancer finally won. When you know where you are going, death doesn’t have to be a sad or scary thing but rather a celebration. I use the word celebration because I know my Nana is no longer suffering. In fact, I bet she is up in heaven horseback riding this very moment… she loved horses. Cancer may have taken her flesh  but it couldn’t take her soul. No. that belonged to Jesus. I fully believe that she took her last breath here on earth and her very next breath in heaven, in the presence of our Saviour.

My Pap has been going through some of Nana’s things and came across her cookbooks that she had gathered over the years. Along with the cookbooks came a manilla envelope filled with old, old, hand written recipes. He passed them all to me. I am so honored. So I will be cooking my way through them, one by one, for the next year and sharing them with you all.

The first recipe that really caught my eye was a recipe for orange chiffon cake. The index card that it was written on is so old and discoloured that I couldn’t help but to make this recipe first. Oh, and did I mention the date on the card? 1948!! It’s funny how a little slip of paper can have such huge history behind it. My sweet Aunt Kat (Nana’s sister) told me that this cake was a recipe that my great, great, grandma used to make. Aunt Kat also told me that Gladys ( My great, great grandma) made this cake for the actor Cliff Robertson and he ate 5 pieces!! I wasn’t sure who cliff Roberston was so I had to look him up, but I was sure that it wouldn’t be difficult to eat 5 pieces of this cake. It is seriously amazing! It is kind of a cross between an angel food cake and a bundt cake. It has a vibrant orange flavor and a light and fluffy texture. And to ice the cake, a thick glaze that is entangled with orange zest.

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I made this cake a few times already. I am going to explain to you what I have found to be the easiest way to make it. The first thing I did was split the ingredient list into 3 groups, they are as follows: Dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and egg whites.

1.) First I took the dry ingredient group and mixed them together in a bowl.

Group 1: Dry Ingredients 

2 1/4 Cup flour

1 1/2 Cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2.) Next, in a separate bowl, I added all the wet ingredients

Group 2: Wet Ingredients 

3 oranges ( zest and juice all 3. Make sure there are no seeds in the juice!)

1/2 Cup oil

7 egg yolks ( put the whites in a separate bowl, you will be using them)

3/4 cup of water or juice ( Now, let me explain this to you. What you want to do first is zest all 3 oranges and set the zest aside. Next juice the oranges. If you can get 3/4 of a cup from the oranges that’s great, use it! But if not and you fall just under 3/4 cup of juice then fill your measuring cup the rest of the way up with water. That’s how I usually have to do it.)

2 teaspoons vanilla

Now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well with a whisk.

3.) In a third bowl ( I use my kitchen aid mixer) add the egg whites 

Group 3: egg whites 

7 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

Beat egg whites and cream of tarter on high for 4 minutes, until stiff and fluffy.

gently fold in the zest from all three oranges, which is about 2 teaspoons of zest.

Gently fold the egg white mixture in with the batter.

How to bake it:

Pour into a greased angel food cake pan or chiffon pan. Take the middle oven rack out, and place the other oven rack 2 up from the bottom. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Gently take a knife around the cake, then turn out onto a tea cloth. Let cake finish cooling. Once the cake is completely cool, ice the cake.


Pasta Carbonara

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pasta carbonara

Pasta Carbonara is one of my all time favorite dishes. Every time I go to an OIP ( a chain of Italian restaurants in my area) you better believe I am ordering I nice big plate of Pasta Carbonara with a loaf of their amazing bread! This is one of those dishes that is kind of pricey for us at almost $15 a plate but it is so worth it! Plus they give so much food that I have lunch for the next day, so really its only $7.50 a plate… or at least thats how I try to justify my favorite dish to my husband. Since I am so in LOVE with this dish (I’m talking talking will you marry me on the first date kind of love… yeah it’s pretty serious!)  I have decided to recreate it at home and put my own spin on it. Now I can have Pasta Carbonara any time I want! Good for my taste buds… baaaad for my hips.

Digging in!

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Here it is! My Pasta Carbonara Recipe! =p

Ingredients: 

1 pound of bacon

1 pond box of penne pasta ( Cooked according to aldente directions + 2 ladles full of pasta water)

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper

1/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

1/4 C. white cooking wine ( to de-glaze the pan)

2 Cups Heavy cream

1 1/2 Parmesan cheese

2 egg yolks

1 egg

chopped parsley for garnish

 

This is where is gets tricky! This is a fairly simple dish to make it is just a lot is going on at one time, if you have help in the kitchen you are going to want it! If you do not have help in the kitchen, like me, I will show you a few tricks to getting things prepared so you have a beautiful dish.

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Directions:

Start penne noddles and bacon at the same time. More than likely the noodles will be finished before the bacon is     ( this is good!). Using a deep skillet, cut bacon in to small pieces and fry on medium high heat till crispy. Drain bacon grease and set bacon on a plate that has been lined with paper towels, set aside for later. Once pasta is finished, pour 2 ladles full of the pasta water into a small bowl and set aside.  Drain the pasta and let it sit in the strainer until you are ready for it.  Return skillet that you cooked the bacon in to the burner set at medium high heat, pour 1/4 cup of white cookie wine in the skillet to deglaze the bottom of your pan, use a wooden spoon to scrap up all the little brown bits on the bottom of the pan… they add flavor. Add heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the skillet, whisk till you have a nice sauce ( it will be a little on the runny side.. that’s OK). Quickly, in another small bowl add 2 egg yolks and one egg, whisk vigorously. Next add the whisked eggs to the 2 ladles spoons of pasta water ( this will temper the eggs so you don’t end up with a sauce that has chunks of fried eggs in it). Wait until you see the first signs of the sauce in the skillet start to boil, as soon as you do quickly add the tempered eggs and whisk for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken a little, it is very important that you do not stop whisking in these 1-2 minutes. Once the sauce has thicken up some turn the heat down to low add the penne noodles and quickly toss them in the sauce.. it should not take long for the noodles to warm back up. Take off the heat an place all the pasta in a large bowl, you do not want it to continue cooking any longer. Plate it up right away and garnish with bacon pieces and fresh parsley.

Note- When re-heating pasta carbonara left overs the next day, I put what I want into a small skillet on medium high heat and add a little heavy cream. This will bring the sauce back to life. I also want to add that I NEVER through the bacon in with the pasta or it will become soft and chewy. It is best just to keep it on the side and add as needed per plate.

 

Ok so I promised I would give you a few tips on how to make this dish if you did not have help in the kitchen, here they are:

* Use a very small bowl and add all the spices and set aside so they are ready to go when needed

* In a medium sized bowl add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and give a small whisk

* In another small bowl add the egg yolks and egg and whisk vigorously, set them aside so when you need them they are ready.

Hope this helped! =)
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Pots de Creme ( Guest post from Butter Basil & Breadcrumbs)

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 Pots de Creme 3 (1)
I was so happy when Emily asked me to do a guest post for Burlap Kitchen!  It is truly an honor, because I adore Emily…and think that she is a wonderful mom, very talented in the kitchen, and so very very crafty! 
Emily and I became friends last summer, and have commiserated over the trials and tribulations of starting a blog, and have celebrated the highs…and cheered each other on during the lows.  She has a lot of great ideas, a lot of drive, and I have enjoyed watching Burlap Kitchen grow into not only a delicious, but a truly fun blog filled with wonderful food, and awesome craft ideas… 
When Emily asked me to do this post, I knew right away that I wanted to make pots de creme, because it’s still so close to Valentine’s Day, and perfect to share this deliciously rich dessert with your loved ones and friends.  You’ll be surprised at just how simple this is, with a few ingredients… a dessert that can be dressed up all fancy schmancy… or dressed simply as I have here today. 
It’ quite decadent, so a little definitely does go a long way…  
Thank you, Emily…for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my recipe with you today… I’m so happy to be here!  
 
Pots de Creme 2 (1)
 Ingredients:
2 cups heavy cream
Seeds from one vanilla bean 
2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks (room temperature)
1/4 cup sugar 
1/4 tsp salt
1 12 oz pkg special dark chocolate chips
Powdered sugar and raspberries for garnish
 Directions: 
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and yolks with the sugar and salt, until completely blended.  Set aside.

In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream and vanilla seeds until it reaches 160 degrees.  Carefully, and in a steady stream, whisk about 1/4 of the heated heavy cream into the egg mixture, whisking the whole time.  Put the saucepan back on the stove, and in a steady stream whisk the egg/heavy cream mixture into the remaining heavy cream, whisking constantly until it is fully incorporated.  Continue to stir the now custard mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula until it has thickened, about five minutes more, and coats the back of your spoon.  Remove from heat.

Pour the chocolate chips into the pan, and stir constantly until the chocolate chips have melted, and the custard and chocolate are well blended.
Divide among four to six cups or bowls, and place in refrigerator for about two hours to cool completely.
Garnish with powdered sugar and raspberries, or whipped cream. 
Enjoy!

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