Friday, March 12, 2010

This Week's Quiz

So which one of this week's cooking experiments was the best of the bunch? Was it the poppy seed bread sticks?
The scalloped potatoes with cheese (official name: Gratin Dauphinois)?
The chocolate bundt cake with coconut-cream cheese center?
The scallop-peppers salad?
Or the crocheted potholder? Ooops, how'd that get in there?

What do you think?
If you guessed the bread sticks, you'd be wrong. The dough was ooey and gooey and difficult to work with. I won't be making this again.
If you guessed the potatoes -- you'd be half right. We loved them. Best of all, as a Cooking Light dish, they weren't loaded down with fat. I will definitely be making these again.
If you guessed the bundt cake -- you'd be totally right. I was in the mood for chocolate, and this recipe started with a cake mix, making it pretty easy. I should have taken a picture once we cut into it because the center is filled with a thick white ribbon of cream cheese and coconut goodness. But alas, no picture. We ate the subject as it posed.
If you guessed the scallop salad, we will throw a few points your way because it was plenty tasty. But it was not the true winner.
Because really, how can you compete with chocolate bundt cake filled with cream cheese/coconut goodness?
1 (18 1/2-oz.) package chocolate cake mix
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 T. butter, softened
1 T. cornstarch
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. coconut
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into well-greased bundt pan. In separate bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and cornstarch; beat until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Add egg and vanilla, stirring until smooth, then add coconut. Plop mixture evenly over the cake batter and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes (mine took 55), until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes, then remove from pan and serve.
The directions say to store leftovers in the refrigerator, but I cannot verify this by experience. At our house there were no leftovers.
Note: This recipe comes from a little book called Hospitality Clues for the Clueless.
Secondary note: If anyone wants the potato recipe, send me an email and I'll launch it your way.



Blogger Mimi said...

Yea for me I guessed the chocolate cake! Now for my prize, I'll go make it.

March 12, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Great idea for a prize, Mimi :) You deserve it.

March 12, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Berji's domain said...

How could you go wrong with chocolate and coconut indeed! sounds great :)(and I'm very glad it was the winner b/c I thought it sounded really good).

March 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Karenpie said...

This sounds fabulous! I especially like the cake mix part. It's kind of like a German Chocolate cake, isn't it? I make BD cakes for the people in my husband's office - I think they'll get this cake next time!

March 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Mmmm, Karenpie, I can picture it now. With chocolate/coconut glaze. Maybe some chopped pecans sprinkled on top.

March 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally guessed the bundt cake. Because CHOCOLATE and CAKE. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

March 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn Jung said...

I'm so happy I guessed the correct one. But then again, with chocolate and cream cheese, it's impossible to go wrong. Thanks for such a fun post that keeps ya guessing. ;)

March 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I am going to try this!!
Oh, and thanks for feeling my pain when it came to my lost post. I'm going to re-write it tomorrow.

March 12, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Cake? Always the winner in my book. Sounds delicious!

March 13, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I guessed the potatoes, so I was half-right! ;) Everything looks incredible!

March 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

I was leaning toward the scallops since March 12th was National Baked Scalloped Day and because I am so craving a great dish of scallops. But, your scallops aren't baked... However, hands down, the oozing Chocolate Bundt Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese is calling my belly's name. Listen, "Oh belly" what's that you say, none left; Uh Oh!!!

March 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

thanks for looking at my recipe. the next one I was planning to post is called a No Tears Chocolate Cake (made up that name) and it looks like your Chocolate Bundt.

March 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Hey Lynn!! I was happy to get your comment on the my blog! I'm still hanging around...just not active at all on the internet. :) But i really do appreciate your glad y'all enjoyed the freezer pickles. We love them too. I'm anxiously awaiting spring's arrival so i can get going in the garden again. I can hardly wait to get out the canner! I canned some whole hog sausage a few weeks ago...I know...I know...not healthy, but oh so good! :) Isn't that what counts???? please tell me it is!! LOL! Anyway, thanks so much for letting me know how you enjoyed the pickles.
That chocolate bundt cake looks ferociously delicious. :)

March 13, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger myletterstoemily said...

they all looked delicious to me!

the potholder reminded me of
the sesame street song, "three
of these things go together,
one of . . .

March 13, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

Mmm the cake does sound good...although I'm kind of in the mood for a late night potato snack myself.

March 13, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

LOL. The potholder. Definitely the potholder.

March 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

fun post, they all look like winners to me!

March 14, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I was wrong. Le sigh.

March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

Yeah! Chocolate cake...and no offense to the other dishes :-)

March 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Caronae said...

Hey Lynn! This was totally my first time doing BSI too. Your soup looks good; I love all things involving carrot.

And that cake? Mmmm. My grandmother makes the most amazing chocolate chip bundt cake, so naturally, I adore bundt cakes of all types. Yum!

March 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I guessed the Bread Sticks but I love 'em so I would pick them over anything else!

Thanks for the info on the Gratin Dauphinois, I'm making this for sure!

March 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

Hey Lynn, thanks for stopping by my blog! I really don't know what I was thinking buying those chemical-filled preserves! I think I will stick with the homemade huckleberry I have from last summer. Silly me!

Your blog is great! So many fantastic recipes! I will definitely add you to my reader. Have a great day!

March 16, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Jana McBurney-Lin said...

I guessed the crocheted potholder. Oops.
Your house must always be filled with warm delicious smells--how nice.

March 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) And I was going to say the cake, but because it reminded me of an 'Almond Joy Cake' I made when we were first married. I'd gotten the recipe out of the local newspaper. I'll have to try your recipe for this cake. Can't go wrong with coconut! :)

March 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Chocolate+coconut=WINNER winner chicken dinner!

March 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

My mouth is watering over this cake. I have a similar recipe... but without the coconut. Be still my heart!!!

March 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

You know from what you said this was a pretty good week for you except for the breadsticks everything was good. The chocolate bundt was just better.

March 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

The bunnies are back today!

March 23, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was hoping the bundt cake would win!!! Really wanted that recipe. It will make me look like I put some thought into it, the next time I have to bring desert to a family gathering. Thanks in advance for making me look good!

May 10, 2010 at 4:56 PM  

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