Original recipe from Southern Living, *custom edited by Terri N. Bergman
This recipe was featured in Heart of Ohio Magazine in 2016 for a Valentine’s Day feature. Terri makes these cakes and shares them with love every year. This is one of her most-requested recipes and she shares it with you today so you can make it for those you love!
2 (8”) round, aluminum foil cake pans
1 (2oz) package white chocolate morsels
5 (8oz) packages cream cheese softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
RED VELVET LAYERS
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Pummull Spice* or cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp finely crushed pink peppercorns (optional)
1 tsp instant espresso or coffee granules (optional)
1 (8oz) container sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 (1 oz) bottles red liquid food coloring
3 (8”) aluminum foil cake pans
WHITE CHOCOLATE FROSTING
4 oz white chocolate morsels
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
1 (32oz) pkg powdered sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
White chocolate hearts and leaves made with piped melted chocolate
Fresh raspberries or cranberries (optional)
GLAZE RED VELVET CAKE TOPS (optional)
1 jar seedless raspberry jam warmed in microwave with 1 Tbsp Chambord liqueur, or water. This is a wonderful addition to seal cake tops when cool and enhance and deepen flavor. Use sparingly: spread 1 Tbsp on each cake top prior to assembly.
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line pans with aluminum foil, allowing 3 inches to extend over sides. Lightly grease foil or spray with cooking oil.
2) Microwave white chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl according to package directions. Let cool 10 minutes.
3) Beat cream cheese and melted chocolate at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add 2 eggs, beating just until yellow disappears. Stir in vanilla then pour into prepared pans.
4) Bake at 300 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until almost set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecakes stand in oven, with door closed, for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cover and chill 8 hours, or freeze for 24 – 48 hours.
Red Velvet Layers
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat 1 cup butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups sugar. (Optional) Add sugar with Pummel Spice, finely crushed pink peppercorns and espresso granules. Add 6 eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
2) Stir together flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in 2 tsp vanilla. Carefully stir in red food coloring. Evenly pour batter into the 3 greased and floured same 8” foil pans as above.
3) Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 26 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cake from pans and move to wire racks to cool completely (about 1 hour). These cakes can be prepared and frozen with cheesecake or cooled in refrigerator.
1) Whisk together chocolate and . cup boiling water until chocolate melts. Let cool 20 minutes, then chill 30 minutes, stirring to keep the mixture smooth and liquid.
2) Beat 1 cup butter and chilled chocolate at low speed until blended. Beat at medium speed 1 minute. Increase speed to high, beat 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating at low speed until blended. Increase speed to high and beat 1-2 minutes or until smooth and fluffy.
1) Place 1 layer red velvet on a serving platter. Top with 1 layer cheesecake. Repeat with remaining layers of red velvet and cheesecake, alternating and ending with red velvet on top. Spread top and sides of cake with white chocolate frosting. I like to lightly frost, chill or place in the freezer, and then generously frost again. This seals in red cake crumbs so the finished product is snowy white!
2) Garnish as desired. Remember you can pipe your own leaves and hearts, or garnish with melted white chocolate, that has been piped. If you don’t have a piping kit, refrigerate some frosting in a Ziploc plastic bag and then snip the corner to create a piping tool.
3) Admire your creation, then call in your best family and friends, slice and enjoy!
From the Kitchen of Terri N. Bergman
LEVEL: Presto (easy!)
So it’s a marriage of two great tastes, Apple Pie and Pecan Pie….kissed with Pummull Spice (our house Cinnamon Blend) You cannot go wrong!
1 unbaked Pie crust (you make it or grocery store premade)
3 apples, peeled, cored and thin sliced (here is the time for your apple/peeler/corer/slice machine!)
1 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp Pummull spice/Cinn.
fresh lemon juice squeeze
Place crust in pie plate, circle the outside of crust with apple slices, quick squeeze of lemon and dust with sugar/Pummull mix. Bake crust/apples 10 minutes at 375 degrees, remove from oven
Next combine INGREDIENTS:
2 C whole pecans
3 Lg eggs
1 C light corn syrup
½ C white sugar
4 Tbsp Butter melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix these ingredients and spread over crust with apples. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, (foil tent to wrap side crust only helps with color). Remove, cool, slice and enjoy!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Paella is friendship experience… various people of different backgrounds intermingle in the kitchen and at the table to meld friendships that go beyond our walls. With Paella, we toss seafood, chicken, sausage (… veggies from the gardens) to make a dish with depth of flavor and warmth of heart that is distinctive to each preparation. Just like our friends, no two paellas are alike… bring your taste buds and show us how YOU paella!
The meaning of Safari is a “Journey or Expedition “and that is what we are on as we prepare “French Safari Paella”. Two famous French preparations are similar in nature to Paella, they are Cassoulet , hearty and delicious, made well it ‘warms the soul’ and Bouillabaisse, this ‘fish soup’ is probably the most famous traditional recipe from Provence from Marseille, the more people these dishes are made for, the more different types of ingredients are in it…like Paella!
Paella is Spanish in its origin…but it is really a delicious blending of foods that are fresh, available and local…a bit of a play on *“stone soup”. Don’t know what I like more, the process, the gathering of foods, the cooks, the diners…or the amazing warmth this dish brings to the soul! Here is our version: Makes 6-8 servings.
5 cups strong chicken broth
1/2 tsp saffron
1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
1 TBSP KB’s Amazing Heat
1 small onion, peeled
2 small chickens, about 2# each
1/2 cup olive oil
1 # artisanal sausage or (KB’s Paella Sausage Recipe)
1/4 lb smoked bacon diced
1 medium onion, chopped
6 scallions, 4 chopped,
*2 finely minced reserved for finish
1 head of chopped garlic
2 roasted red peppers/**pimento (jarred is good)
1 lb medium shrimp, shelled
2 (Opt.) Live lobsters( boiled, divided)
1 small red pepper thinly sliced
1 small yellow pepper thinly sliced
3 cups Spanish rice (Bomba)
6 tbsp chopped parsley
2 bay leaves, whole
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
(Opt.) 18 clams / mussels, scrubbed
Lemon wedges for garnish
Parsley for garnish
*Rem. green onion for garnish
NOTE ON INGREDIENTS: The only ingredient you must have is the broth, the rice and the saffron!!! So add all, extend this list…or deduct according to your taste and budget!
Heat the broth with the saffron, pimentón and the whole onion. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove the onion and measure the broth — you need 5-6 cups.
Cut the chickens into small serving pieces — the whole breast in 3 parts, each thigh and wings with tips removed. Dry the pieces well and sprinkle with salt/pepper.
In a metal Paella pan, with about a 15 inch base, heat the oil. Add the chicken pieces and fry over high heat until golden. Remove to a warm platter. Add the sausage and bacon to the pan and stir fry about 10 minutes. Add the chopped onion, scallions, garlic, pimentos, red peppers and sauté until the onion is wilted. Add the shrimp and the lobster and sauté about 3 minutes more, or until the shrimp and lobster barely turn pink (the lobster will cook more in the oven.) Remove the shrimp and lobster to the platter with the chicken. Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat it well with the oil. Sprinkle in the chopped parsley and the whole bay leaves. Stir in the chicken broth, boiling hot, the wine, and rice. Salt to taste. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, over medium high heat about 10 minutes. Bury the shrimp and the chicken in the rice. Add the clams and the mussels, pushing them into the rice, with the edge that will open facing up. Decorate the paella with the lobster pieces, and then bake at 325 F, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, add reserved peas and let sit on top of the stove, lightly covered with foil, for about 10 minutes. Heat burner to medium and toast bottom for one minute, remove.
To serve: Decorate with lemon wedges, chopped parsley and minced green onion.
Bring Paella Pan to the Table to serve…..this is a beautiful looking dish, so let your guest first eat with their eyes!
JUST FOR FUN…The Fable of Stone Soup…Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making “stone soup“, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.
Pay attention to your broth, as in all cooking this is the “soul”, make it rich and flavorful with fish or chicken stock and seasonings add a good concentrate (such as “Superior Touches” Better Than Bouillon Product, now gratefully found in most markets!) If you need the flavors enhanced.
This is where all the magic starts…
When the paella is cooked and the rice looks fluffy and moist, turn the heat up for 40 seconds until you can smell the rice toast at the bottom, then it’s perfect. The ideal paella has a toasted rice bottom called socarrat.
Garnish just before serving with the cooked peas, parsley, finely diced green onion and lemon wedges this last add makes for a fresher taste!
Firm and absorbent rice is the key; we use Bomba available at specialty markets or online.
Use Real Saffron…it is key in taste and color, there is no substitute, a little goes a long way.
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Enjoy this simple summer treat for lunch or any meal on a steamy, hot day like it is in Ohio!
Cooked asparagus and sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, garnished with red peppers or anything else you like and drizzled with homemade Kitchen’s Bounty Lemon Dressing:
fresh squeezed lemon juice
The Amazing Herbes
It’s that simple!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
KB’s Amazing Bacon—keep it around all the time!
Bacon is the Kitchens’ Staple. When you want to turn a salad into something special, when your wrap needs a punctuation point, when your casserole is begging to be more…oh and don’t get us started on breakfast! The Amazing Bacon is crispy, tasty with a sweet n’ spice and the crunch factor is a 10!
This is always on hand and super easy to prepare with an oven roasting…20 minutes and done!
SERVES: 8 (w/ 2 slices person or sandwich)
LEVEL: Easy, Presto!
Heat Oven to 400 degrees (conventional or convection/w conv faster). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Lay the slices of bacon on sheet pan and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp Amazing Rub.
Cook for 18 minutes, remove from oven, turn each slice and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of Amazing Heat, cook additional 3 mins checking continuously for perfect color.
Remove from oven and drain slices on paper towel lined plate. Set, ready go….crunch and have fun!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Broiled Grapefruit Salad aka Amazing Brunch Salad
Yes, this salad has it all. The great sweet and spicy taste of warm broiled grapefruit on a bed of fresh greens, crispy chopped bacon, blue cheese and an egg done so pretty it should be in pictures!(oh wait, it is!) Finish this salad with a drizzle of the best Olive Oil, drizzle of Honey and just because we are being decadent here, I like a little bit of Lime Cilantro Seasoned Greek Yogurt. You add the salt’n pepper and this dish is your complete Brunch on a plate! It also works for Lunch and Dinner!
LEVEL: Easy, there it is!
1 Ruby Red large Grapefruit (halved and sectioned, or peeled and segmented)
2 tsp of Amazing Rub (Brown sugar based)
½ tsp of Pummull Spice (House Cinnamon blend)
Sprinkle the Grapefruit with seasonings and broil watching closely. It takes about 5-7 minutes as the fruit will release juices, slowing the caramelizing down a little. Set Fruit aside when done.
4 Cups of Fresh mixed greens
3 chopped green onions
4 Crisp Bacon slices (try the Amazing Bacon recipe below note)
4 Tbsp crumbled Blue Cheese
4 Tbsp Greek Yogurt (or Mayo) with lime juice and chopped cilantro
2 Gently cooked sunny side up eggs
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
Salt n Pepper to taste
Assemble greens on 2 plates, add broiled grapefruit sections, bacon, blue cheese, egg to each plate. Drizzle with Olive Oil, Honey and garnish with chopped green onions and Lime/Cilantro Yogurt or Aoli. Best served with grapefruit and eggs warm.
Amazing Bacon is great to prepare in advance and make salads, sandwiches and snacking great!
1 lb of THICK sliced bacon, arrange slices on parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle up side with Amazing Rub, Cook for 18 mins in a 400 degree oven. Pull out baking sheet, flip each piece of bacon and sprinkle with Amazing Heat…3 more minutes and out of oven, onto paper towels and onto delicious!