Thanksgiving Eve
Wednesday November 27th 2013, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Family,Food

We do the chocolate.

Homemade nutella recipe here, the best one I’ve found so far:

Chocolate torte recipe, my own, as always, here:

Cranberry sauce recipe: one cup sugar one cup water one 12 oz cranberries (or a whole pound if your bag is that size–hey, who’s counting), bring all to a boil and then simmer for a minute. The more skins that pop, the smoother the sauce it’ll make. Thickens as it cools.

Annnd… I checked with Aunt Mary Lynn while the tortes were in the oven, just to, y’know, verify she wanted one this year like every year.

She has an eight-year-old granddaughter coming who’s allergic to dairy and eggs. Did I have a no-eggs version?

Can she eat coconut? I asked; I can look, and I could make a ganache with coconut cream for hers.

Yes! That sounds wonderful!

And so, chocolate Depression Cake, and I remember the name and history from my 1952 Betty Crocker cookbook, created when butter and eggs were hard to come by when my parents were kids. Vinegar and soda to make it rise. Recipe here:Ā  I skipped the chocolate chips for fear of milk contamination but I’ll make up for it with that glorious topping.

The tortes are cool, the cake close to it, the nutella’s in the fridge and the cranberry sauce on the stove just got turned off. Ganache batches next.

I think I’ll sit down a moment.

But I can just picture a little girl, old enough to really enjoy chocolate and to have already been excluded from participating in a whole lot of food-related events, with a glorious chocolate cake made just for her and just as good as anybody else’s. I’m really looking forward to that.

Wishing everybody a very happy Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. What a timely post. On my list of things to be thankful for are your recipes. we have gluten issues as well as peanut and when everyone gets together the labels (for the food ) come out lest someone get something that disagrees with them. Puppy chow ( the chex mix snax )has become a staple snack with hazelnut spread used instead of the chocolate/peanut butter mix in the recipe. It is so nice to see substitution tips for more adult fare that you have spiced your posts with. Thank you and enjoy a wonderful holiday.

Comment by Mickey 11.28.13 @ 7:37 am

What a sweet treat!! Thank you for being so thoughtful and kind.

Comment by Channon 11.28.13 @ 12:48 pm

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

Comment by RobinM 11.28.13 @ 1:07 pm

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