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Monday, June 4, 2012

Old Fashioned Molasses Cake with Caramel Sauce

Where have we been???? 

I can't believe it has been Almost 6 months since we last posted.  This spring has been really busy for us at the new place- Matt built a cedar picket fence (you can see a bit of it in the pic below) and a lovely garden shed, we planted 15 fruit trees (apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry), planted black raspberries, a couple grape vines, put in a huge garden that seems to take a ton of time, and oh yeah- all of our normal family and work stuff.

Well, we're finally able to slow down a little bit- last night we grilled Pork Burgers, made salads from home-grown produce, and baked this lovely cake in the Dutch Oven.  It was just perfect- sweet, but not too sweet.

Old Fashioned Molasses Cake with Caramel Sauce
10" Dutch Oven
14 coals on top, 7 on bottom

2 tablespoons soft margarine or unsalted butter (go for the butter- its dessert!)
Extra butter for greasing D.O.
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
Splash of milk (a couple teaspoons?)

With the extra butter, grease the inside of  your 10" Dutch oven.  In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tbsp butter and white sugar together.  They comine much easier when using a wire whisk and if your butter is nice and soft (but don't melt it).  Add egg, then whisk.  Add molasses, then whisk.  The add dry ingredients (soda, spices, salt, flour) and hot water.  Pour into your black pot and cover with the lid.

Place 14 coals on top and 7 on bottom, this get you to about 350° oven temp.  Bake for 25-30 minutes roating the pot clockwise 1/4 turn or so every 10 minutes and simultaneously rotating the lid counter clockwise 1/4 turn or so every 10 minutes.

For the sauce, over medium heat (coals, fire, camp-stove) cook the butter and brown sugar together.  Add the splash of milk and cook until it comes to a rolling boil.  Remove from heat and spoon warm over warm cake.


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