Flour Head Bakery’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake: a story of unlikely friends in the cupboard.

You might find yourself asking, “Who would think of mixing chocolate and mayonnaise together?” Truth is, we didn’t invent this odd pairing. Recipes for chocolate mayonnaise cakes dates back to the World War I, a time when ingredients such as eggs, butter, and milk were scarce. Bakers discovered that mayonnaise served as a suitable substitute, as the oils kept cakes moist and created a brownie-like texture. This trend continued into the Great Depression and has lasted to this day.

Today, mayonnaise is replacing butter in our recipe for Chocolate Mayonnaise cake to create a velvety-smooth texture that will keep well for days. Don’t let the name scare you off. Think of this as a chance to broaden your knowledge of the cake world—plus there is still chocolate.

Before this you can experience this tasteful enlightenment, you’ll need to pick up ingredients for both the cake and the frosting. The list of ingredients for the cake looks like this:

2 oz bittersweet chocolate

⅔ cup cocoa powder

1 ¾ cup boiling water

2 ¾ cups all purpose flour

1 ¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 ¼ cup mayonnaise

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Once you’ve gathered these, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 9 inch cake pans by lining the bottoms with parchment paper and greasing the sides. Break or chop the bittersweet chocolate into small pieces, then place in a bowl along with the cocoa powder. Add the boiling water and whisk until the chocolate melts. Set the bowl aside.

Fill in a medium sized bowl with the baking soda, flour, and baking powder. Whisk until mixture is lump-free.

In yet another bowl, mix the two sugars with the mayonnaise. Whisk until all of the ingredients have blended together well.

Next, add 1/3 of the flour mix to the sugar mixture. Whisk together until the flour is incorporated, add 1/2 of the cocoa mixture, and whisk again until well mixed. Repeat this step, adding another 1/3 of flour with 1/2 (the rest) of the cocoa mixture. Then add the remaining flour. Whisk until the batter is smooth, then distribute the batter evenly between the two cake pans.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. You can test the center of the cake by poking it with a toothpick; if it comes out clean then the cake is ready. Allow the cakes to cool in their pans. Once cooled, flip them so that the side that had been on the bottom of the pan is now facing up, and remove the parchment paper. Keep in mind that the end result is going to be something like a double-decker cake. Place the first layer on a large platter and cover with 1-1 ½ cups of frosting. Spread and smooth the frosting, then add the second layer on top of the first and continue icing. Serve this timeless recipe at room temperature.

It’s not a finished cake without the perfect frosting, and it’s not a finished recipe without the notes for the perfect frosting to pair.  Here are the ingredients:

10 oz bittersweet chocolate

2 oz white chocolate

3 sticks of butter (at room temperature)

3 cups of confectioner’s sugar

1 Tbl vanilla

Place a pot of water on the stove over medium heat. Fill a small bowl with the bittersweet chocolate, then place the bowl over the pot of boiling water so that the bottom of the chocolate bowl is not touching the boiling water. Keep the chocolate there until it melts completely. Next, remove the bowl and add the white chocolate. Whisk the chocolates together until the white chocolate has melted. Try to resist eating this delicious mix of warm chocolate during this step.

If you own a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment for the next step. If not, a hand mixer will do. In a separate bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add one cup of the confectioner’s sugar at a time and beat well after each addition. Throw in the vanilla, and while the mixer is running, steadily add the melted chocolate. Beat well until the mix is smooth. Scrape down at least once to make sure the butter is completely mixed with the chocolate.

Finally, the best step: enjoy your cake.

Click the photo to watch Mahasti’s WBIR cooking segment from last weekend.

Flour Head Bakery Chocolate Mayonnaise

Flour Head Bakery’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Cranberry Pie

For the Crust:

20 Oreo cookies

1 Tbl melted butter

Or 1 prepared chocolate crust

Place the Oreos in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the cookies until fine. Add the melted butter and process until the cookie crumbs are evenly coated.

Press the cookie crumbs evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan. Refrigerate the crust while making the filling.

For the Filling:

2 (8 oz ) packs of Cream Cheese

2/3 cup Sugar

2 Large Eggs

½ cup Heavy Cream

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat well until smooth and creamy, scraping down the bowl a few times. Add eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Add heavy cream and mix until smooth and creamy.

Pour mixture into prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees 45- 50 minutes or until the cream cheese mixture puffs up and the center no longer jiggles (you will see some cracks in the cream cheese). Remove from oven and allow the pie to come to room temperature.

For the Cranberry Topping:

3 cups Fresh Cranberries

½ cup Water

½ cup Sugar

Look through cranberries for stems and bad pieces. Rinse Cranberries. Place cranberries, water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil, and cook stirring occasionally until cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened slightly. Puree cranberries with an immersion blender or for a chunkier sauce, mash with a potato masher. Allow mixture to come to room temperature. Spread mixture over the pie.

Refrigerate pie overnight. Serve Chilled.

WBIR Chocolate Cream Cheese Cranberry Pie

Flour Head Bakery Holiday Pies

Let us take care of dessert this holiday season. Mahasti has created three delicious versions of classic Christmas pies – Lakeview Farm sweet potato, apple, and pecan. Each tasty pie is 9″and only $29.50. Vegan versions of each pie are available, too! Pies will be ready for pick up on December 23 and 24.

Please call Market Square at 637-4067 or the Gallery at 584-1075, or stop by the bakery counter at either location to place your order today. Orders are due by Sunday, December 21.

Sweet Potato Pie

Holiday Cookies

Give the gift of great taste this holiday season with our Gingersnap and Peppermint Crackle cookies. Order at the bakery counters located at each Tomato Head location with 24 hours advance notice.

Cookie bags of 8 ($9.75), small cookie box of 16 ($17.95), and a large cookie box of 24 ($25.75) are available.

MARKET SQUARE

T 865-637-4067

THE GALLERY

T 865-584-1075

Holiday Cookies 2015

 

Flour Head Bakery’s Sweet Potato Pie

The snow this morning was, as snow goes in the south, beautiful and disappointing. Regardless, even the smallest of a flurry shower can bring a stillness to the morning; one that I would love to fill with a cup of hot tea and a sweet bite for breakfast by the window. The early winter months can be so dreary with grey skies, biting wind, and early sunsets. I am no doctor, but I think having a healthy dose of sweets at any time of the day is good for one’s health this time of year. Which is why I’m going to share one of my favorite Tomato Head recipes with you: Flour Head Bakery’s Sweet Potato Pie.

First of all, you’ll need the ingredients:

1 ¼ cup sweet potato, baked, peeled and mashed

¾ cup sour cream

1/3 cup whole milk

3 egg yolk

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp salt

1 – 9inch prepared pie crust

Next, you need to prepare the crust. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Using the tines of a fork, prick the bottom of the pie shell. Then line the shell with parchment paper and place pie weights inside of the shell. Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Take the crust out of the oven and set it aside to cool. Wait to remove the weights until the crust has cooled. Reduce the temperature of your oven to 325 degrees.

Now place the mashed sweet potatoes in a bowl large enough to mix in. Add the sour cream along with the milk and whisk until smoothly even. Add the yolks and whisk again so that everything comes together. Add the remaining ingredients in any order you choose, then whisk until everything is well mixed.

Pour your concoction into the pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 45-50 minutes. Look for the center to seem set. If you have a temperature measuring device, make sure the filling reaches 170 degrees. That will be your sign that it is ready to come out of the oven. Remove the pie from the oven, and allow it to cool. Warning: it will be difficult to refrain from diving right into the pie, but for your taste buds’ sake, wait for the pie to not be piping hot.

Sweet potato pie is best served at room temperature, and in my humble opinion, by a window in the morning or with friends in the evening.

Sweet Potato Pie

Tomato Head’s Apple Chutney and Cheddar Grilled Cheese on Flour Head Bakery Cranberry Almond Bread

For Apple Chutney:

½ cup Oil

1 cup onion, diced

3 medium Granny Smith Apples (about 4 cups), sliced

1 Tbl Jalapeno, minced

2 Tbl cilantro, chopped

¼ cup sugar

2 cup Orange Juice

1 cup Raisins

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Cumin, ground

2 tsp Curry Powder

½ tsp Ginger, ground

½ tsp Coriander, ground

1/8 tsp cinnamon, ground

¼ cup vinegar

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add apples, jalapeno, and cilantro and saute 1-2 minutes longer. Add orange juice. Bring mixture to boil, then reduce heat to medium low.

Add remaining ingredients.  drop heat to low and stir frequently for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until mixture thickens.

To Assemble Grilled Cheese:

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat.

Generously butter an even number of slices of bread. Place the slices butter down on a parchment lined baking pan. Top ½ of the slices of bread with a generous portion of chutney, some thinly sliced green apples, one slice of Monterey Jack cheese, and one slice or a generous sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese. Place a piece of buttered bread, butter side up (facing you) on top of each of the assembled pieces of bread.

Grill the sandwiches in the preheated cast iron skillet. 1 or 2 at a time until lightly browned, flipping as necessary, on both sides until cheese has melted.

Flour Head Bakery’s Appalachian Trail Mix Cookies

Each week in Metro Pulse, contributor Benjamin Pounds explores often overlooked trails located outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Quite a few are around an hour’s drive from Knoxville making sure you spend more time on foot exploring abandoned farmlands or admiring mountain views than being trapped in the gridlock that sometimes overwhelms a trip to the Smokies.

Whether headed west to the Black Mountain section of the Cumberland Trail or north on I-75 to Cove Lake State Park in Cumberland County, it’s important to bring food that travels well and doesn’t add too much weight to your pack.

While out on the trail, Mahasti’s Appalachian Trail Mix Cookies are the added sweetness (white chocolate chips!) and crunchiness (Flour Head Bakery Honey Almond Granola!) your hike needs.

Take these cookies on your next outdoor adventure and share photos of your gang on Instagram with us. We’d love to see the satisfied faces after a few hours in the woods.

FHB Honey Almond Granola is available at both Tomato Head locations as well as Butler and Bailey Market, Kroger Bearden, and Three Rivers Market.

1 stick unsalted butter

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 ¼ cup all purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

2  cups Flour Head Bakery Honey Almond Granola *

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup white chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In another bowl mix together the flour with cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and mix well until everything is well combined.

Add the granola, dried cranberries and the white chocolate chips. Mix the batter until the ingredients are mixed in well.

Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving 1-½ inches between each ball.

Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 12 – 14 minutes or until they are golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool.

August Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Each Tuesday in August, a portion of the proceeds from all food and drink sales generated during lunch and dinner at both Tomato Head locations goes directly to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County. All donations to Imagination Library are matched 100% by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.

“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County is very excited to partner with Tomato Head to have the opportunity to promote awareness of the importance of early literacy,” said Holly Kizer Imagination Library coordinator.

Imagination Library mails one new, age-appropriate book to any child under the age of five in Knox County, at no cost to the family, and this partnership will enable us to reach additional children in the community.

Over 69% of all Knox County children under the age of five receive books from Imagination Library. One of the many benefits of enrolling children in the program is that they show positive performance in almost every demographic category tested including race, gender, socio-economic status and mobility when measured against peers who are non-participants.

“It is a great honor for us to partner with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County. Our kids participated in the Imagination Library program and they were so excited to get the books each month. We hope that the program can continue to grow to bring that monthly joy to more and more children,” said Tomato Head owner Mahasti Vafaie.

For more information or interviews, please contact Holly Kizer, Imagination Library Coordinator, at 865-215-8784 and hkizer@knoxlib.org, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at marketing@thetomatohead.com and 865-850-2318.

Interested in enrolling your child? Click the Imagination Library of Knox County logo below.

Imagination Library Books from Foundation

Tomato Head’s Summer Zucchini and Poblano Soup

If you’ve spent anytime at the Market Square Farmers’ Market over the past few weekends, you’ve noticed an abundance of summer squash. This simple recipe for Mahasti’s Summer Zucchini & Poblano Soup is a great alternative to preparing zucchini the traditional summer way – standing over a hot grill.

Incorporating poblano peppers adds a slightly sweet and earthy flavorful without overwhelming your taste buds with lots of heat. In case you missed her cooking segment on WBIR last Saturday, we’ve shared Mahasti’s on our blog so grab some local homegrown squash on your next shopping trip and give this recipe a spin in the comfort of your kitchen.

Enjoy!

¼ cup olive oil

1 medium onion, peeled and diced

2 large garlic cloves

1 large poblano pepper, cored, seeded and sliced

5 medium zucchini, ends removed

4 cups water

1 bunch cilantro

2 tsp salt

Peel and dice onion and set aside. Peel garlic, roughly chop and set aside. Rinse pepper, cut down the middle, remove stem and seeds, and cut into 1inch strips and set aside. Remove the ends off all of the zucchini. Cut 4 of the zucchini into 1inch rounds and set aside. Shred the remaining zucchini and set aside separately.

Remove about 1/2 inch off the bottom of the cilantro stems. Place the cilantro in a large bowl of cold water, swish around, and then lift the cilantro out of the water. Repeat the wash process with fresh water until there is no dirt left in the bottom of your bowl when you remove the cilantro. Roughly chop the cilantro and set aside.

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent. Add zucchini, pepper and water. Bring the soup to boil, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cilantro and salt and blend with an immersion blender until soup is smooth. If using an upright blender, wait for soup to come to room temperature before blending to avoid burning yourself.

After soup is blended add the shredded zucchini. If you used an immersion blender soup will be ready to serve immediately. If you cooled your soup in order to use an upright blender, the soup can be re-heated after you add the shredded zucchini.

Serve with Flour Head Bakery bread and enjoy.

Serves 8- 10

WBIR Tomato Head Summer Zucchini Pablano Soup Recipe

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