Lenten Chocolate Cake

Today the Sunday School sponsored Coffee Hour and so I brought my Famous Chocolate Cake. Well, famous here at my address. It’s so easy and moist that you will want to make it every chance you get. It calls for vinegar and baking soda to substitute the egg and believe me, you don’t taste the vinegar. If you are still worried, you could add some Lenten chocolate chips, crumbled Oreos or walnuts. (I just thought of adding crumbled Oreos and will definitely try it the next time I make this cake. I wonder what it will taste like.)

To start, you need to preheat your oven to 350 and grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine 3 c flour, 2 t baking soda, 6 T cocoa, 1 t salt, 2 c sugar. I stirred it with a whisk to evenly balance the dry ingredients.

Then add 3 T vinegar, 2 t vanilla, 3/4 vegetable oil, and 2 c cold water and beat well till blended. I was just fine mixing it with the whisk. No need to get another thing dirty.

 

Pour it into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.

I let it cool on the stove top, sifted powdered sugar on top and served it from the pan.

It is so moist and yummy! It doesn’t need icing.

 

 

Lenten Banana Bread Always Pleases

There are many opportunities to show hospitality during the Lent and it’s always nice to have something vegan to offer.  Here’s a recipe that always pleases.  It comes from Adventures of an Orthodox Mom.  She calls it Curious George Bread. We call it Delicious!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients (and then set aside)

· 1 3/4 c. flour
· 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
· 1/2 tsp. baking soda
· 3/4 tsp. salt

Beat together
· 3/4 c. oil or tahini for non-oil days (I use coconut oil)
· 3/4 c. sugar
· 1/4 c. cold water

Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture. The mixture will be thick but don’t worry. The bananas will add plenty of moisture.  (I made a double recipe so we could have cupcakes and froze them for a ready snack.)

Mash 3-4 bananas and incorporate into mixture

Add Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

Pour into a greased loaf pans and bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. I like to add chopped walnuts inside and then put larger pieces on top so we can remember which ones have nuts and which don’t. 

Or pour into lined cup cake trays and bake for 15 minutes.

If I need a quick cake, I pour the batter into a greased and floured glass cake pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Once in a while, I add orange zest instead of chocolate chips for a fresher taste. 

I dust the top with cinnamon or powdered sugar for an added treat, but they are sweet enough that a topping really isn’t needed.

For more Chocolate substitutes, visit: https://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes/how-to-substitute-chocolate

 

 

Greek Potatoes in the Oven

 

Peel and cut 5 potatoes in half and then cut eat half into thirds.
Soak in water for a few minutes.

Remove from water and dry on paper towel and return to a dry bowl.

 

 

 

Marinate with 1 T olive oil, Cavendar’s seasoning, and lemon juice. If you don’t have Cavendar’s use dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Put marinated potatoes in a baking pan and roast about 50 minutes, stirring a few times for even browning.

I like Greek Potatoes in the Oven. It’s something we can all eat and pairs well with a side of hummus or steamed broccoli. I served them with sauteed shrimp and mushrooms.

Lenten Banana Bread

This Lenten Banana Bread is always a hit at church coffee hour.   It’s great with chocolate chips, walnuts, or cinnamon.

Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees.

In one bowl, mix dry ingredients (and then set aside)
3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt

In large bowl, beat together
3/4 c. oil  (I use 1/2 part vegetable and 1/2 part coconut oil)
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cold water
1 t vanilla extract

Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture. The mixture will be thick but don’t worry. The bananas will add plenty of moisture.

Mash 3-4 bananas and incorporate into mixture

This was a double recipe.

Add 1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips.  (Ghirardelli are lenten.) or add 2 T ground cinnamon.  Or add 1 C chopped walnuts.

Pour into a greased loaf pans and bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Or pour into lined cupcake trays and bake for 15 minutes.

If I need a quick cake, I pour the batter into a greased glass cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. I dust the top with cinnamon or powdered sugar for an added treat, but they are sweet enough that a topping really isn’t needed.

When I add walnuts, (my guys don’t like nuts) I like to add half walnuts on top so we can remember which ones have nuts and which don’t.

V’s CARDBOX

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