Friday, June 3, 2011
Chocolate + Moose (+ 4 years of Mehitability!)
First things first. The chocolate!
I made this insanely rich, gooey, crunchy, über-chocolatey dessert the other day when it was cold and raining, and it didn't last beyond the next morning. It's actually a testament to our self-control that it made it into the second day at all! It's not only delicious, it's ridiculously easy, vegan and contains no added fats. We've eaten it warm (okay, scalding hot) from the oven, at room temperature and chilled, but room temp and chilled are our favorites, mostly because it has more flavor at those temps but also because second-degree mouth burns aren't much fun. ;-)
I like to make this in a mint-chocolate version. Another idea is to add some instant coffee to the hot water (or substitute half the hot water with brewed coffee), since coffee enriches the chocolate flavor of the cocoa powder. (Next time I make this I plan to try adding Dandy Blend)...
Chocolate Pudding Cake (with my optional minty twist!)
We were all in the den early one morning about a week ago when Willow started woofing, so we went to the sliding glass doors to investigate and saw this beauty trotting across our pasture. Naturally I was downstairs and my camera was upstairs, and since a moose's trot is no ambling affair, I missed getting to photograph her in our pasture ~ and most regrettably, also missed getting to film her casually, effortlessly and gracefully stepping over our horse fence! But at least I got her on film as she made tracks up the mountain...
From: Annice Grinberg
My preferences, additions, and/or substitutions are italicized in parentheses)
1 cup flour (I use organic whole wheat flour)
2 TBSP organic unsweetened applesauce
½ cup water
1/8 tsp salt
⅔ cup sugar (organic evaporated cane juice)
1 tsp vanilla (¼ tsp vanilla + ¾ tsp peppermint extract)
2 TBSP cocoa (Frontier organic, fair trade Dutch processed)
2 tsp baking powder
⅔ cup brown sugar (Sucanat)
¼ cup cocoa
1¾ cups hot water
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Mix the first eight ingredients together.
Pour into a sprayed 8″ square baking pan (I use an ungreased silicone pan).
Mix the brown sugar (or Sucanat) and 1/4 cup cocoa. Sprinkle over the batter. Pour the hot water over the entire top surface.
Bake at 350ºF for about 45 minutes (about 40 minutes in a silicone pan).
The topping sinks through the cake to form a pudding layer at the bottom. This cake tastes so rich it’s hard to believe there’s no fat or eggs in it. We prefer it chilled, but it can be served at room temperature, or even warm, if you can’t wait. It will keep for several days (but not in my house!), but DO NOT FREEZE. If you do, the pudding will turn very watery.
And chocolate without a moose is like a day without, well, chocolate mousse. :-)
Anyway, what better way to celebrate a blogging anniversary than with "chocolate moose?" :-) My first post on this blog was "Maiden Voyage" on June 4, 2007, which makes Mehitable Days four years old tomorrow!
Many thanks to my friend rift for
pestering bullying inspiring me to blog in the first place ;-), and to all of you who visit, follow, and/or take the time to leave your delightful and insightful comments, which I enjoy and appreciate immensely. You all make blogging fun and rewarding!
I'll be celebrating Mehitable Days' anniversary by gathering more blog fodder on our trip to Colorado, enjoying all the beautiful scenery, fun walks/hikes, great microbrews and yummy vegan food that Fort Collins and Boulder have to offer. And celebrating BW's birthday on the 6th! Partay...
Cheers! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"