February 8, 2011
Channeling Grandma for Chocolate Week
Posted by Lisa Mantineo
If you're a regular "Everyday Food" listener, you've heard Sandy and Betsy mention my grandmother's meatball recipe. My Grandma Chansie was one-of-a-kind, and along with being a wonderful grandmother, she was also a terrific cook. She's been gone now for almost four years, but with each passing Sunday her memory lives on in our meals.
As one of her four grandchildren, I was fortunate enough to inherit her recipe box. This past weekend, just in time for Chocolate Week, I decided to channel her baking skills and re-create her Milk Chocolate Cake.
1 My Grandma Chansie and I at a family Christening.
2 My Grandma Chansie's Recipe Box
3 A well-loved chocolate cake recipe, just waiting for me to make.
4 You can tell from this recipe, as a young child, chocolate cake was my father's favorite dessert.
5 Getting ready to blend grain sugar and shortening.
6 Sugar and shortening all blended.
7 I had never heard of malted milk before, but both Ovaltine and Carnation make it.
8 For the cocoa I used Hershey's unsweetened.
9 Along with the recipe box, I also inherited my Grandmother's sifter.
10 All ingredients well blended and poured into two cake pans.
11 After baking at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, the cakes sat on cooling racks.
12 Then it was time for homemade icing!
13 Voila! Pretty good for the first time making it.
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