Oct 25, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Sunday dinner is a special time in our home. We always try to have a special meal and when possible a special dessert. Yesterday i asked everyone what we should have and received a resounding..."I don't know!" Thanks to pinterest we pulled up my dessert board and the men of the house declared Coconut Cake the winner. I said "happy baking" because I had just finished preparing a big meal and was left with no desire to prepare a "from scratch" cake no matter how yummy it might be. They got busy and a couple of hours later this was their creation.
Not only does it look great but it tasted delicious! I love a cake made from scratch and this one was excellent. The cake itself is simply wonderful vanilla. The frosting by consensus wasn't our favorite but it was good. It wasn't the taste we weren't crazy about it was just very similar to marshmallow cream which we aren't crazy about. When we make this again we decided it should have some type of whipped cream frosting. All in all it was a hit and I am ecstatic because I have been searching and baking trying to find a really good vanilla cake and i finally did!
Recipe thanks to "The Heritage Baker"
Jan 18, 2012
The first time I had this recipe was on a visit at Christmas time with Caprece and her still small but ever so sweet family. It was the holiday season and we were all the time whipping up yummy things to snack on while we visited with family and friends. This wonderful one landed on the New Year's Eve Menu - we love snack foods for New Year's Eve fixins. It was comfort food at its finest, warm, bread, cheesy and bacon to boot. How can you go wrong with that combination? We ate it with everything...celery, carrots, crackers, chips, and pieces of warm crusty bread until it was gone...every last warm cheesy bite. Note* This was over several days - it re-heats really well - not all at once :) Although it was yummy enough to do just that.
I made this for our Christmas book club meeting. Here is a picture of the spread...more recipes to come!
Caprece would have been proud! :)
Caprece would have been proud! :)
Warm Bacon Cheese Spread
- 1 round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
- 1 pkg. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese (I use sharp but it is your preference)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled (I am not a fan of cooking bacon - the smell lingers far too long - so I use pre-cooked bacon pieces - you can find them in the salad fixins section of the grocery store)
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
Cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread; carefulliy hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell.
|you can see this in my picture at the top|
I cut the bread crosswise like this and then pull each piece out gently. You want to be gentle because you are going to cube the bread to be used for dipping. After I remove the pieces then I just continue to hollow out the bread until I have a 1-in. shell. Cube the removed pieces and place in a ziplock to keep fresh until later. Take the lid (the top of the bread that you sliced and cube it as well so it can be used for dipping).
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese. Add the sour cream, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce until combined; stir in bacon and onions. Spoon into bread shell. Place lid pieces back on the top of the shell. Wrap the shell in a piece of heavy-duty foil or double wrap with regular foil, Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with crackers, veggies and reserved bread cubes. Yield: 4 cups.