Since spring just took so long to arrive, the Diva of Deliciousness herself, Tinky Weisblat, from tinkycooks.com showed us how to make some comfort food!
Wheel-View Farm Cider Syrup Pot Roast
3 to 4 pounds beef roast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash nutmeg
pepper to taste (at least 3/4 teaspoon)
1/2 cup catsup
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup cider syrup or cider-maple syrup
Place the roast in a slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients and spread them on top of the beef. Cook for 6 to 8 hours on high. There is no need to add water; the roast makes its own gravy. You may also cook it on high for 1/2 hour and then let it cook overnight on low.
If you don’t have a slow cooker, place the beef in a covered pan and spread the sauce on top, then place it in a preheated 500-degree oven. After 20 minutes, reduce the heat to 250 degrees and cook for several hours or overnight.
When the beef has finished cooking, remove it from the pot, cut it up if necessary (it mostly just falls apart), and return it to the sauce.
Tinky’s Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake
2 ounces bitter chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-by-8-inch baking pan.
Place the chocolate in a small saucepan, and pour the boiling water over it. Stir to dissolve, turning the heat below on very low if necessary.
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in the baking soda.
Add the flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in the chocolate mixture, followed by the vanilla.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
If you want to be informal and serve the cake out of the pan, that’s just fine. To be a bit more festive, let it cool for 10 minutes and then invert it onto a cooling rack.
Ice with your favorite frosting.