Posts Tagged ‘Master Chef’

Chocolate Dump Cake

Chocolate Dump Cake

I rarely make a recipe that IS REALLY difficult and complicated.  I’ll be browsing through cookbooks or magazines and come across a recipe title that sounds so intriguing and then as I begin to read it, I realize there’s no way I’m going to assemble the 35 ingredients and the 15 steps required to produce some epicurean delight.  I just like to cook good food, make easy but tasty dishes.  Now that I’ve just finished watching Season 5 of Master Chef, the competitive cooking show in which home cooks vie for the coveted Master Chef Trophy and $250,000, I am totally in awe of these contestants.  Actually I almost find it hard to believe that they REALLY are just home cooks;  I mean who cooks with pig’s ears and octopus, and without a recipe can whip up a Boston Cream Pie, A New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis and a Key Lime Pie!!! I mean, seriously, seriously???

OK enough of what turned out to be a rant (unintentional) – Today is about taking the easy way out.

A PureWow Original Recipe


2 cups sugar

¾ cup brewed coffee

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

1½ teaspoons baking soda

1½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a Bundt pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium-size heat-safe bowl, combine the sugar with the coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder and butter. Heat the mixture in the microwave (about 1 to 2 minutes) or on the stove over a pot of simmering water (about 3 to 4 minutes), mixing occasionally, until the butter and chocolate are melted and the sugar is dissolved.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda, baking powder and salt to combine. Add the chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.

4. Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla, and mix until the batter is smooth and fully combined.

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

6. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then remove it while it’s still warm by inverting it onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing and serving.

Original Pure Wow recipe

I think I have a bundt cake pan (from my other life) and if I can find it, I’ll make this cake this weekend.  I find cooking usually therapeutic, not necessarily relaxing because I tend to be driven in the kitchen and sometimes I look frantic BUT it all comes out on time and fine.  Baking, however is another thing as evidenced by last semi-disaster – see a previous blog post:  https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/i-goofed-and-made-honey-glazed-cornbread-fudge/.

Besides baking being a science not to be trifled with, the ovens in both my homes are lousy.  The repairman said about the gas going on and off and never really maintaining an even temperature;  Well there you have it, how can anything bake properly in that oven.  Oh to have my electric oven back again….

Read Full Post »

Well, last night was quite an evening….I started at 8:00PM insisting we watch the 2 hour special of Kitchen Nightmares.  I love Gordon Ramsey and make no apologies for saying so!  I watch Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef and Kitchen Nightmares.  Last night my husband watched it with me and whether he did so out of love or reluctance to get up off the couch is up for debate.  Actually he wanted to see this episode because we had seen the original show of Amy’s Bakery and we, like apparently hundreds of other watchers were both fascinated and appalled by the goings on in Scottsdale!  If you didn’t see the show and are at all curious I understand that YouTube has many clips.  Amy  and her husband George (aka The Gangster) run a restaurant and while they are at it, they run a lot of their customers out of the dining room and run all of their wait staff out the door!  This morning, Peter wanted to discuss just how fascinating a personality Amy is and I sort of dismissed her by remarking “I don’t find narcissism and neurotic behavior all that fascinating”.  Probably the rigid Germanic side of my ancestry!

Anyway this blog was not intended to go on and on about that show but seriously I could….Which makes those two characters and Gordon Ramsey interesting and fascinating after all!

Next I checked out my DVR to find what else I may have recorded for my own personal viewing;  I say that because Peter hates to watch commercial TV and usually only watched movies (the black and white kind of course) so I tape many of the “dumb” shows I want to see and I watch them way into the wee hours of the night.  I told him I was going to watch The Millionaire Matchmaker which I thought would surely drive him into the bedroom but no, he stayed.  This particular episode was about this shallow, disgusting and fat (yes I said fat) NY publicist and I figured if he was going to watch one of these shows, he would find this one interesting.  NOTE: the word interesting doesn’t alway connote something clever or good.  She was so disgusting I refuse to give her any more verbiage in my blog!

I think Peter left the room after that because I announced I was going to watch Grey’s Anatomy.  I knew he would scoot out of the den before that was on.  He hates doctor/hospital shows and this one is a soap too.  I’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy since its beginning but wonder if it is readying itself for a swan song ending.  I read somewhere that Sandra Oh is leaving and now it looks like Karev will be off making some real money in private practice!  Peter just loves it when I talk about these characters as if they were real people lol.

English: Logo for the US television show Grey'...

 Grey’s Anatomy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been under A LOT OF STRESS lately and sitting alone on the couch last night, remote firmly in my hand  was lovely!  After my Grey’s fix, I watched the last Hell’s Kitchen episode that I missed this week.  Yes, it was time for Mike to go.  Nobody on the blue team liked him and they would never let him help out so he always ended up looking inept.  

It was now about 1:00 AM and too late to watch the scary episode of CSI since even the commercials warned you to be prepared.  I couldn’t watch anything that might involve cannibalism and then go to bed.  Luckily for me, The Millionaire Matchmaker  is running re-runs as well as new episodes and they seem to  be back to back.  I stayed up until 2:00 AM watching more mindless matchmaking.  Well, let me say that Patti isn’t doing her job mindlessly lol, it’s me watching her show mindlessly.

And that’s how it took me 6 hours to unwind from a week of terrible stress.  None of the issues and problems that are causing the stress are resolved but by 2 AM, I couldn’t care less!

Gordon Ramsey

Gordon Ramsey (Photo credit: jo-marshall (was Jo-h))

Enhanced by Zemanta

Read Full Post »