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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Skype Baking: Send love this Memorial Day!

Skype Baking from Lisa Frame on Vimeo.


Check out the adorable photos from Angry Chicken.

With the excitement of boating, grilling and day drinking it's easy to forget why Memorial Day is a National holiday. It's a day for us to remember and honor our troops and veterans. This holiday is particualarly important to my girlfriend Ali whose boyfriend served in Afgahanistan for 2 years while they were dating.

This Skype video was done last year with @alipaul ! Cake in a Jar is such a sweet way to send your loved ones home-cookin' love -- even overseas!


original post 12-28-09:
I love love love my weekly Skype dates with my girlfriend @AliPaul who lives in Indiana. We eat, talk, laugh and this time we baked! Ali was sharing a fun recipe "Cake in a Jar" that she found online and has shipped to her boyfriend Steve in Afghanistan.

Ali + Internet + Baking = love


Chocolate Cake in a Jar
by All Recipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Sterilize 2 (1 pint) straight sided wide mouth canning jars, lids and rings by boiling for 10 minutes. Keep the lids and rings in the hot water until needed. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C)
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, water and cocoa powder. Heat and stir until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Pour into a large bowl.
  4. Stir in Flour mixture and blend. Add buttermilk, egg and vanilla and beat by hand until smooth. Stir in nuts.
  5. Distribute evenly into the 2 prepared canning jars. Place the jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted deep into center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Using heavy oven mitts, remove cakes from oven one at a time. Place a lid, then a ring onto the jars and screw them down tightly. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to "ping" as they seal. If you miss the "ping", wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn't move at all, it's sealed.


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