Saturday, May 7, 2011


Had a great night with our grandson.. he is such a smart little boy.. we were reading the newspaper and he wanted to help Grumpy read.. They were reading the real estate magazine and he was letting us know what the headlines for each of the ads.. also told us whether he liked the house or not... maybe he is going to be an arcitect when he grows up..Today we get to take him to his skating lessons and then figure out an adventure if the weather is good...
2 lb strawberries $2.97
Post Cereals $3.97
Romaine Lettuce $.88
Grape tomatoes 227g $2.00
Lemons and limes $.33
Garlic 3 pack $.67
Mushrooms $1.25 for 8 oz pack
Bolthouse Farms Juices  $3.00 (I love the moccha one )
Bolthouse Farms Dresssings $3.00
8 pack Kaiser buns $1.44
Baguettes $1.00
Clover Leaf Tuna $.97
Catelli Smart pasta $1.77
Classico Pasta Sauce $2.67
Berio Olive Oil $5.97
Goldfish $2.00
Snack Pack Hunts 4 Pack $1.00
Activia 12 pack or 8 pack yogurt $4.47
Crisp minis and rice cakes $1.27
Red grapes $1.39 lb
Broccoli Crowns $1.29 lb
Green Beans $1.69
Salad kits 2 for $7.00
Duncan Hines Cake Mixes buy one get one free
Heinz beans or pasta 5 for $4.00
Simply Juice 1.75 litre $2.99 
Gold Fresh Pineapple buy one get one free
Raspberries buy one get one free
Frying Chicken Legs buy one get one free
12 pack of mushroom soup buy one get one free
Kraft dinner buy one get one free
Kellogs buy one get one free
Dads cookies buy one get one free
Safeway pot stickers buy one get one free
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Dial body wash buy one get one free

Here is your dessert for today.. Remember I had mentioned to you last week about a 60th birthday party that we went to for a good friend.... well his daughter and newlywed Danielle brought the birthday cake.. She had baked it herself and so I asked for the recipe and here is the story of how Danielle got this recipe

" My Aunty Sandy ( Sandy Taylor) is the best baker I know and in October she gave me a cook book to the famed Magnolia Bakery in New York. Since then I have been trying out different recipes and when Dad told me he loved chocolate cake, I thought it would be fun to combine a few cakes together and make him a very special sixtieth birthday cake."

Black and White Ganache Cake
White Cake – Middle LayerGreat Cake as is low in cholesterol
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
Preheat oven to 350o
Grease 9 x 12-inch round cake pan and lightly flour
In large bowl on medium speed of an electric mixer, cream butter until smooth, slowly add the sugar until fluffy, approx. 3 minutes. Add the flour in three parts, alternating with milk and vanilla, beat well after each addition. In separate bowl on high speed of electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into batter, make sure no streaks of white are showing. Pour into prepared cake pans and bake 22-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan, cool completely.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake, top and bottom layer
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature (if you forget to remove from fridge, leave sitting in warm water for a few minutes)
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
(to melt: place chocolate in top of a double boiler, over simmering water on low heat, for approx. 10 minutes. Stir occasionally until completely smooth and no pieces of chocolate remain, let cool 5-10 minutes before using)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350o
Grease 2, 9 x 12-inch round cake pans and lightly flour
In medium size bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
In large bowl, cream the butter and sugars until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate mixing until well incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk and the vanilla, beating well after each addition, until smooth. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 25-35 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pans, cool completely.
Note: I make the cakes a day in advance and let cool over night to make icing easy. 
Rogers Icing Sugar; Buttercream Icing 
⅔ cup unsalted butter, very soft
2 1/2 cups Icing sugar,
3 tbsp Milk (Approx.)
Dash of vanilla
Cream butter with electric mixer, add 1 ½ cups of icing sugar, add 3 tablespoons of milk, dash of vanilla and remaining icing sugar gradually. Depending on preference of consistency you can make thicker or thinner by adding more sugar or milk.
Ice your three cakes, with a chocolate on the bottom, white in the middle and the other chocolate on top.
Chocolate Ganache
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate , finely chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup (this makes the ganache shiny)
Heat the cream in sauce pan over medium heat. In a separate bowl place all of chocolate and corn syrup. Once cream is heated, but not boiling, poor over chocolate and corn syrup, stir until all chocolate clumps are gone. Pour over your prepared cakes that have been pre-iced with buttercream. Carefully spread down sides of cake and over the top to cover the cake.
Place in fridge to harden chocolate, remove from fridge prior to serving so cake is not cold, and EAT!
Thank you Danny..I loved the way you had brought it on a lovely glass plate as well.. Presentation makes it even taste better...Well done....

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