Being a Mom is pretty stressful at times. One of main times when my stress levels seem to peak is while making supper! The end of the day is when everyone, including me, is reaching their limit. Tiredness, irritation, impatience, whining and rumbling tummies take their toll around 5pm!
I am very fortunate to have a husband who enjoys cooking and ultimately this means he makes the majority of our main meals but there are occasions when I do get in front of the stove. When this does happen you can be assured that the meal needs to be 2 things – easy and quick! What I do enjoy however is baking and when time allows I like to make something yummy for my family and friends. And I definitely enjoy indulging in the spoils afterwards…
Recently I was sent a copy of The Autobiography of The Original Celebrity Chef – Col Harland Saunders – any idea who he is???
Yes Mr KFC!! It is a well-designed book which includes the Colonel’s life memoirs as well as 33 of his favourite recipes, written in 1966. The recipe section at the back of the book offers plenty of recipes designed with family eating in mind. They are easy to follow and focus primarily on comfort food – divine for winter family meals! Appetizers, Sides, Mains and Desserts are all included.
This recipe for Chocolate pie is the first I will be trying out… Looks amazing!
95 g unsweetened chocolate, cut in pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
225 g soften butter (NOT margarine)
200 g sugar
1 prepared tart or pie shell (23 – 25cm wide) or make your own pastry!!
Chilled whipped cream
Chocolate for shaving
Melt chocolate on a double boiler over a low heat, set aside.
While chocolate cools, whip the butter and the sugar together in a large mixing blow until fluffy.
Then beat in the cooled chocolate and vanilla extract.
Add eggs one at a time at medium mixer speed for 5 mins after each addition.
Return mixture to the double boiler and bring up to 60C stirring constantly.
Pour into the pie shell and chill for 1 – 2 hours before serving.
Just before serving spread or pipe on whipped cream and finish with some chocolate shavings.
Add some walnuts for extra crunch if desired.
In the words of the Colonel himself: This is really rich and good, and doesn’t require any baking. You won’t lose any weight eating this pie, but you can worry about that later. Seems like a wise man!
To encourage more families to spend meal times together KFC have released the full Autobiography and Cookbook on their Facebook page and also have printed a limited number of books which would be a great addition to any recipe book collection.
I am pleased to let you know that I have one such book to giveaway to a lucky Becoming you reader.
How To Enter
1. “Like” Becoming you on Facebook
2. Leave a comment on this blog post sharing which is your easiest and quickest family friendly supper. Just the name is fine – but if it sounds good I might just have to mail you for the recipe 😉
The competition winner will be drawn on Friday 7 July and will be announced on this blog on Saturday 8 July. The competition is open to all South African readers.