Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? I Mean Dessert!

2E23CC73-173E-44E4-9DA2-D8EBF7C1EE05We have done several meal ideas so I thought I’d throw in a dessert recipe for a change.  Dessert is always my favorite part of the meal.

I came across this recipe for a cake that doesn’t use eggs, butter or milk which I thought was interesting.  It is called a Depression Cake because it was popular during the Great Depression when those items were either hard to find or very expensive.

It also works for anyone who is eating dairy free.  I have also more recently heard it called a Wacky Cake. There are many versions of this recipe on the internet but this particular one is from www.kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Deep Depression Cake

1 ½ c. all-purpose flour

1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 c. vegetable oil

1 c. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8-9nch square pan with butter.  In the greased pan combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. 

Whisk lightly with a fork or small whisk to combine. Make two small wells on the sides and one large well in the middle of the dry ingredients.  Pour the vinegar into one small well and the vanilla into the other small well then pour the oil into the large well, if they spill over the wells that’s perfectly okay.  Pour the water over the top and whisk again to combine thoroughly.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost with your favorite frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar.  You can make this into a vanilla version by omitting the cocoa powder and increasing the vanilla extract to 1 ½ tsp. 


Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? – Crock Pot Meal

A4D8366A-56AE-4A1E-A126-283EEC5BF885If you are like me, you don’t always have time to cook but you might have a few minutes to throw something in the crock pot that can cook while you are at work or doing other things. 

This is one of my favorite things to make in the crock pot because it cooks for a long time and you can put it in the crock pot in the morning before you leave or at night before you go to sleep for an easy after church Sunday dinner.  I was first introduced to this recipe by some brings at the beach and originally it was to be cooked in the oven in a foil bag, but it is much easier in a crock pot.

Forgotten Roast

1 lb. eye of round roast (or type of roast and weight of your choice)

2 cans Campbells Golden Mushroom soup

1 can beef broth

1 envelope of Lipton’s Onion soup mix

Bouillon or beef base, optional

Place roast in crock pot, dump in the soup, soup mix, beef broth and bouillon or beef base if using and cover. 

Cook on low 10 to 12 hours (it is OK if it cooks a little longer), When ready to serve remove the meat to a cutting board and let rest.  You can serve the gravy English style (straight from the crock pot, a bit thin) or American style by thickening using a slurry of equal parts corn starch and cold water.  Mix the corn starch and cold water in a small bowl until it forms a smooth paste then whisk into the gravy in the crock pot. I usually turn the crock pot to high for this step.  You can make the gravy as thick as you like by continuing to add the slurry until the desired consistency.

Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles. This makes great leftovers for another menu as hot roast beef sandwiches!