I may not care about football, but I do care about the Super Bowl.
I care because of this:My yearly super chili dog. A hot dog on a smushy white bread bun smothered in chili and queso and sprinkled with fritos.
It makes me happy.
And after I ate that, three different appetizers and chips and salsa I feigned interest in the second quarter and waited for half time.
Because half time?
Half time is for dessert!
This year’s dessert was an over the top extravaganza that I first heard about from Jamie The Very Worst Missionary. (Do you know her blog? It’s fabulous. You should subscribe to her feed because she doesn’t post often but when she does it’s always worth reading.) Normally, Jamies’s posts inspire me on a spiritual level, but when she wrote recently about the Picaken, I was inspired in a whole new way.
Here’s where it starts: with a basic cherry pie. I baked it the day before so it was completely cooled and set.
I’ll be straight up with you: what you’re looking at there is a store bought crust filled with canned cherry pie filling. Store bought crust because I had a weekend full of cooking and I wasn’t in the mood to fuss with pie crust. Canned filling because that’s what Rich likes best.
The rest of the dessert is home made though.
I like the cake recipe from the Hershey’s cocoa powder can but if you want to just use a cake mix, I won’t tell anyone.
I mixed up the batter and poured about a half inch into the bottom of a 10” springform pan.
Then came the hold your breath and squint your eyes part - inserting the pie.
That was tricky.
It goes in upside down because when you add the rest of the cake batter, it fits better this way.
I’m pretty sure this next picture is upside down.
I’m too lazy to fix it.
Whatever. You certainly don’t come here for my food photos.
You get the idea. Fill the pan with more cake batter until the pie is covered and you’re about 1/2” from the edge. You’ll have batter left over and you should know that it it illegal in most states to discard chocolate cake batter so use what’s left to make a few cupcakes.
I baked this sucker for a long time at 350. I started with 50 minutes and then checked it every 5-10 minutes until it finally started to pull away the from the sides. I’d guess it was about an hour and fifteen minutes total
You can see the edges got a little too done. After the cake cooled I trimmed that off.
And then frosted it. It took a recipe and a half of the frosting.
But what you want to know is what it looks like on the inside.
Here you go.
It was … decadent. A bit too rich for me actually but the males who were here were quite enthusiastic about it. I think if I were to make one again I’d go with an apple pie in a spice cake - that seems like it would be a bit more subtle and the flavors would meld better.
How about you?
Any truly ridiculous food while you watched the game last night?