Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PIKES PEAK CELTIC FESTIVAL

Enjoy southern Colorado's largest Celtic Festival of the year in Colorado Springs June 19-21, 2015.


Come have fun at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs and treat yourself to Celtic music, games, dancing, food, and kilts, beer, whiskey and more!


Find all the details including the bands, schedule, participants, and more at the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival website.





And while you're at it, rest your head at night at our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn or Colorado Cabins.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SOURDOUGH TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake. This a delicious chocolate cake, and the sourdough in the cake gives it a little tang, which is a great bonus flavor. Everyone I've served this cake to loves it. You can also make this cake without the ganache for a "double chocolate cake", which is just as good, and a little less rich. Enjoy!

Sourdough Triple Chocolate Cake


CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  •  1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  •  2 eggs. beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (or 3 1-oz squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted0
  • 1/2 cup sweet sourdough starter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp.baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
GANACHE:
  • 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
TO MAKE CAKE:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla.

Add eggs, chocolate, starter, and milk.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and beat at medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan, or a 9"x13"x2" baking pan.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. With a spoon or knife, swirl chocolate chips into batter until they are in the middle.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until done. Cool and frost with ganache (optional).

TO MAKE GANACHE:
Put cream and chocolate chips into a saucepan and cook on low until the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream. Pour over cooled cake.

Monday, June 1, 2015

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE; TROPICAL JULIUS

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE
Tropical Smoothie
I absolutely love a good smoothie. I found a copy cat Orange Julius recipe a number of years ago and altered the ingredients to come up with this Tropical Smoothie, or "Tropical Julius" as we call it. I have lots more smoothie recipes that I make, but this one has been a favorite for years. Enjoy!

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE
(aka Tropical Julius)
  • 2 oz. frozen Pina Colada mix concentrate, thawed
  • 2 oz. frozen Orange Juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 oz. frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • ½ c. milk
  • ½ c. water
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whip until ice cubes are crushed and mixture is smooth and frothy.

Makes 4 servings


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