Invitation: Treacle Tart 

Treacle Tart is the recipe for this month’s Book Club Cook Book Cooking Crew! Check out The Spiffy Cookie’s wonderful invitation and giveaway at the link below — 

 

You too can feast like the students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with this homemade treacle tart. It’d also be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu.

Source: Treacle Tart | The Spiffy Cookie

Tortillas and Honey: Chocolate Cake with Praline Topping (+ A Lesson Before Dying #thebookclubcookbookCC)

Renee wrote such a wonderful invitation to this month’s Book Club Cook Book Cooking crew selection that I decided to share it directly. Be sure to click on the link below and enjoy her terrific site!! Even the name invokes daydreams: Tortillas and Honey…..

Already this month, the crew has made terrific desserts and even a slow-cooker gumbo. I’m going to try to actually follow the recipe in the cookbook this time — we’ll see how that goes.

Source: Tortillas and Honey: Chocolate Cake with Praline Topping (+ A Lesson Before Dying #thebookclubcookbookCC)

Giveaway

This month Renee at Tortillas and Honey, this month’s host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!


One of our lucky readers – US and Canada only! – can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from September 1st till September 30th at 6 o’clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.


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*Disclosure: Renee received a complimentary copy of The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.

Dessert Hack

Here’s the ugly truth about me: while I do love to bake and cook from scratch, sometimes I’d really rather…. not. Sometimes, I just want it easy and brainless and done. Before I begin participating in the yearlong Book Club Cook Book cooking project steered by Camilla**, it’s important to come clean. I believe we should understand the limits of those who offer advice and how-tos… and therefore, I need to be straightforward about some of mine.

I am not a Cook. Camilla, for example, is a Cook. Sometimes, I want to capitalize all four of those letters when I think of her. She does the CSA, forage for food, farm to table, organic, free range, food so fresh it talks back to you. Personally, I’m not that brave. I love to read about her adventures, but I’ll only go so far myself. Also, I’m in Down East Maine where winter lasts 8 months out of the year and the infrastructure is deliberately ignored to discourage casual interlopers. (It’s a New England thing. We do want your tourism, but……)

Now, I’m not bad in the kitchen. Not calling myself a “Cook” is just my way of acknowledging that you’ll never find me on a Food Network contest. I burn stuff, and sometimes myself. I use my rice cooker every week. And every once in a while, I take a shortcut.

Like today.

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A little over a year ago, I made a version of the chocolate stout pudding on Camilla’s website. It was awesome. I couldn’t use my wrists for a week afterwards from all the whisking, but it was so, so worth it. (That pudding is NOT the hack.) My family raved and gushed and — It was good.

Here’s something I learned not too long afterwards:

My kid loves instant Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate pudding and a Keebler graham cracker premade crust *almost* as much, and it takes 5 minutes to make if you’re unorganized. (THIS pudding is the hack.) Honest to God it takes more time to open the packages than to whisk and refrigerate. And she LOVES it. So, dessert hack. Kid thinks I slaved and I get Best Mom Ever points — and I can do this before morning coffee or on a commercial break.

**The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Crew is a yearlong project and ANYONE can join in. For details, please see here.