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Leith Hall Mexican Wedding Cake

Cape May bed and breakfast

 

We recently had two sisters as guests, Phoebe and Joann, who were a delight to talk to. Phoebe told me about a cake that she makes that isCape May bed and breakfast incredibly simple to make, very rich, and pleases all of her guests. She was right. She knows her stuff. It’s called Mexican Wedding Cake, though I suspect that it has nothing to do with Mexican weddings. It is made with an entire large can of crushed pineapple, and it looks like the batter will produce a light-colored cake. But it doesn’t. It produces a very dark, caramelized cake that is delicious when served with cream cheese icing.

Our recent guests, Erik and Lisa, had some and Lisa asked for the recipe – so here it is. Thank you Phoebe and enjoy it Lisa.

Mexican Wedding Cake

2 c. all [purpose flour
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2Tbs. Baking soda
1 tsp. Vanilla extract (I use vanilla paste)Cape May Bed and Breakfast
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple DO NOT DRAIN
1 cup. Roughly chopped pecans
9′ x13” metal baking pan, lined with parchment
350 F. 35 minutes

Cream Cheese frosting
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
1 Tbs. Vanilla extract (I use vanilla paste)
3 cups powdered confectioner’s sugar

To make cake, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl by hand. Turn into the baking dish and bake.Cape May bed and Breakfast

To make icing – Beat all of the ingredients in an electric mixer in order, starting with the butter. Beat until light and fluffy. Spread onto completely cooled cake.

Try making this cake youirsself. It’s incredibly simple! Or, come visit us at Leith Hall and I’ll make it.

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Food and Wine, and Beer and Bourbon

Food and Wine

Food and Wine, and Beer and Bourbon !

Food and WineJust when you thought the Cape May season was winding down, the middle of September brings the Cape May Food and Wine Celebration. There will be spectacular dinners  like the Farm to Table dinner presented by the Red Store in Cape May Point and a Bourbon Tasting Dinner at Alethea’s Restaurant in the Inn of Cape May on the beach in Cape May.  The Chocolate Lovers Feast will be at The Blue Rose, oneFood and Wine of Cape May’s newest and best restaurants.  There will also be special dinners, tours, and grape picking at three of Cape Mays vineyards – Hawk Haven, Natali, and Cape May Winery.

Just imagine your stay in Cape May. The ocean will still be warm, the weather will still be ideal. There will be lectures and demonstrations, tastings from many Cape May restaurants at Food and WineConvention Hall; winery, brewery, and bourbon events,  samples and tastings, and feasting galore. You can go to the website of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts for a more complete list; and you can call or email us to make reservations.

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Dale’s Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

chocolate peppermint cookies

I’ve had a recipe for peppermint cookies on this blog before, but these are different from the earlier ones. Our guest, Dale, wrotechocolate peppermint cookies and asked me to post the recipe for last week’s peppermint sandwich cookies. They look like Oreo’s on steroids, but taste much better.

I make them medium size, then make sandwich cookies with the quick peppermint butter-cream.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

1 ¼ cup (2 1/2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla paste
2 cups flour
¾ cup Dutch cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

chocolate peppermint cookiesBeat the butter and sugar together until they are fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Mix the flour, cocoa, soda and salt together and beat the mixture into the butter mixture. Drop by tablespoons full onto parchment lined cookie sheets. I use a scoop to get exactly even size domes. Bake for 9 minutes at 350F. Cool on cookie sheets, then again on cookie racks.

For the peppermint cream.

1 stick (1/2 cup)  unsalted butter, creamed in an electric mixer

4 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon peppermint extract

a few tablespoons of waterchocolate peppermint cookies

Cream the butter ’till light and fluffy. Beat in the extract and powdered sugar, one cup at a time. If the mixture doesn’t make frosting, beat in water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is creamy and frosting consistency. You could add a tiny drop of red food coloring if you want the frosting to be pink. I seldom do.

chocolate peppermint cookiesWhen the cookies are thoroughly cold, put a dollop of frosting on one, then top with another and twist the sandwich to distribute the filling evenly. Keep cool ’till serving.

Or, the other wy to get these cookies is to come visit us at Leith Hall for a romantic weekend away.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I made these chocolate peppermint cookies for tea at Leith Hall last week and Bill from Absecon paid me a great compliment. He said that they were the best chocolate cookies he had ever had, and he doesn’t even like sweets!. They are very easy to make.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookieschocolate peppermint cookies Leith Hall

1 ¼ cup (2 1/2 sticks) butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla paste

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 cups flour

¾ cup Dutch cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

Icing – Melt together 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 stick butter plus 1 tablespoon light corn syrup. Add 1 tablespoon peppermint extract. Put one dollop on each cookie.

 

Beat the butter and sugar together until they are fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Mix the flour, cocoa, soda and salt together and beat the mixture into the butter mixture. Drop by tablespoons full onto parchment lined cookie sheets. I use a scoop to get exactly even size domes. Bake for 9 minutes at 350F. Cool on cookie sheets, then again on cookie racks.

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Chocolate Valentine’s Day at Leith Hall in Cape May

chocolate Valentines Day Cape MayChocolate Valentine’s Day at Leith Hall in Cape May

What could be more romantic than Valentine’s Day weekend in Cape May?  Valentine’s Day weekend in Cape May with chocolate, of course! We’ll be serving chocolate at breakfast and at tea, with raspberry and chocolate butter cream brownies, pumpkin bread with chopped bittersweet chocolate, buttery chocolate chunk muffins and chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies – a festival of chocolate.Chocolate Cake Valentines Day Cape May

Call us now or go online to make reservations for this coming weekend.

 

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LEITH HALL’S LOVEABLE LUXURY POUND CAKE

LEITH HALL’S LOVEABLE LUXURY POUND CAKE

I often serve pound cakes for teatime, though seldom theLeith Hall's loveable luxury pound cake Cape May simple vanilla version. Last week, our neighbor Arielle claimed that the chocolate chunk version didn’t count as the required chocolate dessert for tea. I beg to differ. The contrast between sweet, sour-creamy cake and bitter chocolate is like a little explosion in your mouth. You could overdo it and serve a chocolate sauce or raspberry sauce to go with the cake.

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour  Leith Hall's loveable luxury pound cake
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (soft or melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract or vanilla paste (or other extract)

Leith Hall's loveable luxury pound cake Cape MayPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8″ loaf pan with cooking parchment and spray with cooking spray. Or, grease and flour a decorative bundt pan.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in  eggs, one at a time. Beat in sour cream. Beat in extract.

Add flour and baking soda, mix well. Pour into loaf pan or bundt pan.Leith Hall's loveable luxury pound cake

Bake  for 1 hour (check at 45 minutes) , or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, or cake springs back when prodded.

You can use orange extract, or lemon, or coconut, or anything else you like. You can also make a simple syrup Leith Hall's loveable luxury pound cake Cape Mayof 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water, plus extract, and dribble it over the cake after it is baked.

Or, you can chop 1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate and fold it into the batter before pouring it into the baking pan. Another alternative, chop 1/2 cup of crystallized ginger and fold into the batter.

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Almond Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Leith Hall bed and breakfast

Our guests who just left Leith Hall bed and breakfast yesterdayalmond chocolate sandwich cookies asked for the recipe for these almond and chocolate sandwich cookies that I served for tea – so these are for you, Stephanie and Michael von M . You could, of course, substitute coconut extract for the almond, or lemon extract, or orange. If you used coconut extract, you could also roll the filled cookie in toasted coconut for decoration. You can also roll the pre-baked dough balls in sugar to give the cookies a crunchy crust.

Almond Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Leith Hall’s Buttery better-than Moon Pies

1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, cut up

½ cup sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. almond extract

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups unbleached flour

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

Filling:

½ cup 60% (minimum) chocolate

¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Beat butter and sugars together. Beat in extracts and egg. Mix flour, Leith Hall butter Almond Chocolate sandwich cookiessalt, and baking powder together. Beat flour mixture into batter until just moistened and smooth. I use a small dough scoop to get perfectly even hemispheres of dough. That way, they are even size to make neat sandwich cookies. Arrange on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake for almond chocolate sandwich cookies8 to 12 minutes at 375 F. degrees. They should be just lightly colored around the edges.

Melt butter and chocolate together and mix. After the cookies are absolutely cool, make sandwich cookies and store in refrigerator (if it’s summer) until you serve them.

This same recipe can be made with lemon extract and pignoli to make wonderful unfilled Italian cookies. Or, you could use hazelnut extract and use Nutella for the filling.

 

 

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Leith Hall Bed and Breakfast Chocolate Cherry Cake

Leith Hall Bed and Breakfast Chocolate Cherry Cake

I recently served this rich chocolate cherry cake at Leith Hall at Leith Hall bed and breakfast rich chocolate cherry caketeatime. Our guests asked for the recipe, so here it is. I bake it in a glass bundt pan, but it would work in any ring-shaped pan, or in two nine-inch round cake pans with a frosting or icing.

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (I use Droste’s, Rademaker, or Van Houten)
  • 2 cups sugarLeith Hall bed and breakfast rich chocolate cherry cake Cape May
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • ½ cup dried cherries, dusted with flour
  • 1 jar of cherry preserves

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Beat the sugar, oil coffee, milk, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla together. Add the flour mixture and beat in. Fold in the dried cherries. Turn into a greased and floured bundt pan. Place a ring of cherry preserves on top of the batter by teaspoonsfull . As the cake bakes, it will sink toward the bottom.  Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Check the cake by prodding with a finger. It should spring back and seem fully baked and cakelike. Add time as needed.

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LEITH HALL’S SINFULLY RICH ORANGE AND CREAM CAKE

This past week, our guests devoured this cake and a cherry devil’s food cake at afternoon tea. They asked for the recipe for both cakes. This is the orange one, which is flavored with sour cream and orange marmalade and tastes like a Creamsicle pop. The chocolate recipe will follow in a later post.  I hope that you enjoy them at Syracuse!

I use a glass tube pan to bake this cake in, so that I can keep an eye on the color, (it has to get golden brown to be fully baked in the center)  but you can use any pan that you have. If you use layer cake pans, it will take less time.

Leith Hall’s Orange and Cream Cake

  • 2 cups unbleached flourLeith Hall orange and cream cake Cape May
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup softened unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla paste)
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup bitter orange marmalade
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Tube pan, greased and floured
  • 350 degrees    30—35 minutes. Check for doneness and add time if needed.Leith Hall orange and cream cake Cape May

Mix the flour, baking  powder and salt. Set aside. Beat the butter with the sugar, then the orange marmalade, then the eggs, one at a time.  Beat in the flavorings, then the sour cream. Beat in the flour mixture and the milk, alternately to make a smooth batter. Turn into the pan, bake until the cake is golden (darkish brown) and springs back firmly when poked with a fingertip.

I serve this cake right-side up without an icing. You could drizzle an icing made of Leith Hall orange and cream cake Cape Maypowdered sugar, orange juice and melted butter on top; or you could sprinkle it with powdered sugar for decoration.

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IT’S A MIRACLE!

Chocolate – Miracle FoodWoody Allen in Sleeper?

Those of you old enough will remember the 1973 movie Sleeper, in which Woody Allen wakes up far, far, into the future and discovers that the really healthy activities are smoking cigarettes and eating ice cream. It’s come true! A recent story reported by WebMD described a large Australian study dark chocolate miracle foodthat found that eating three to six ounces of high-percentage chocolate every day greatly lowered your risk of heart disease. That was one to two chocolate bars of 60 to 70 percent chocolate every day!

Chocolate – Miracle Food!

Susan thinking about chocolate

Having had two heart attacks, four angioplasties a quintuple bypass, and a partridge in a pear tree, this is news I want to hear! Suzie has prophetically been implementing the recommendations of this study for years. One of the conclusions of the story was that money spent teaching people to eat chocolate would save so much in medical costs later that it would be cheaper for Medicare to pay to encourage chocolate eating. The next thing we’ll hear is that World Peace has broken out and lions are napping with lambs.

Come visit us at Leith Hall Bed and Breakfast to sample Elan’s chocolate confections!

 

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