Cholly’s World-Famous Gingerbread Cake
1 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs Unsweetened cocoa and/or powdered sugar (optional)
Fresh mint sprigs (optional), rinsed
- In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in molasses and baking soda. After mixture stops foaming, stir in 1/2 cup cold water; let cool to room temperature, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves.
- In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs until blended. Reduce speed to medium-low. Add flour and molasses mixtures alternately until incorporated, then beat on high speed until well blended. Pour into a buttered and floured 9-inch square pan.
- Bake in a 325° regular or convection oven until a toothpick inserted in center of thickest part comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack at least 1 1/4 hours.
- Pour about 1/4 cup crème anglaise onto each plate. Cut cake into pieces (see notes) and set them in sauce on plates. If desired, lightly sift cocoa and/or powdered sugar over each plate and garnish with a mint sprig. Offer remaining crème anglaise to add to taste.
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I’m leaving Best Buy with my Walking Dead box set when a volunteer walks up to me and asks if I wanted to donate money to the Veteran’s Fund and I told him, I think I donated enough to military. As I go down the escalator, wondering why was I such an asshole to that guy, I remembered that I was in the military. It’s been almost a decade since I left the military but its seems longer. Most of the time, people have to remind me that I was in the military. When I do try to remember my time in the SUCK, I always think about the weird tasting sodas, goat meat on pizza, smelly men, hours on watch, annoying sand and the heat. The weather in the middle east could beat the toughest dudes in the military. The only thing to do out there was to go to the bar and that’s what I did. I drank and drank until I blacked out. This is probably one of the reasons why sometimes I forget I was in the military.
One of the memories I do remember vividly is being by myself in my bunk or sitting on watch with my CD Player (Yes, those things) just listening to music. It transported me away from the weird tasting sodas, goat meat on pizza, smelly men, hours on watch, annoying sand and the heat. Music was refuge and sanctuary. Even though I was hundreds of miles away from home, when I put on that Chronic disc, I feel like I was on the block again. That’s what music does, it transports and lifts you up from the shit you’re in. If it wasn’t for music I would have probably lost my mind and killed a bunch of people, but I’m thankful for it. Here is a list of what I was listening to in the military circa early 2000s:
1. Eminem (The Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers)
2. Korn (Issues, Follow the Leader)
3. Dr. Dre & Snoopdog (The Chronic, Chronic 2, Doggystyle)
4. Outkast (Aquemini, Stankonia)
5. Lauryn Hill ( Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
7. Jay- Z
8. Limp Bizkit ( Shut up! You liked them!)
9. NIN, Radiohead, Metallica
10. Hootie & the Blowfish (This is not a mis-spelling)
Memorial Day is coming up. I would like lift up my Pimp Cup to all the dudes and dudettes, who had to suffer in the military, so people could watch a week long marathon of Steven Seagal or garbage like the Fart-Asshians and Honey Poo Poo. If you know anyone that is or was in the military, don’t ask how it was like? Instead, just pat them on the back and get them silly drunk.
Note: Steven Seagal was much more then a cook.