Calvary Lutheran Church was lively last night! The 3 year olds through 5th graders shared their songs they learned in Wednesday school with the congregation at 6:30 worship. Special guests from Woyatan Lutheran Church came to have dinner with us and share their drum circle and dancing with the high school youth group.
Our fried chicken dinner was delicious, thanks to a little help from Family Thrift Center on Omaha Street, who fried up 1000 pieces of chicken and delivered it to us Wednesday afternoon. We made mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, green beans, broccoli and chocolate cherry cake to go with the chicken, and there was not much left after serving 560 hungry people. For the biscuits we used 4 cases (576 biscuits) of Sysco’s Bakerboy Butter flavored biscuit dough, which we put into the oven directly from the freezer and baked for 12 minutes. We steamed the broccoli, boiled the green beans, and seasoned both with seasoned salt and a little melted butter. Our mashed potatoes were mixed up using 22 packages of Excel Potato Pearls, hot water, and some cream cheese and sour cream added to each batch. Six gallons of gravy was mixed up in 2 large roasters using Sysco turkey gravy mix. For dessert, we baked 14 chocolate cherry cakes in 12 x 20 x 2 inch cake pans on Tuesday morning. We topped it with whipped cream or cool whip and a cherry (recipe below).
Chocolate Cherry Cake
560 servings: 14 cakes 12 x 20 x 2 inch pans. Cut each in 40 pieces (8×5). For one 9 x 13 cake, make 1/2 of the following recipe.
Each Cake: (Make 14 times)
2 pkg (18.25 oz each) devil’s food cake mix with pudding
2 Tbsp almond extract
2 21 oz cans cherry pie filling (use 5 1/2 #10 cans cherry pie filling)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix together cake mix, eggs, extract, pie filling and chocolate chips, and stir until just combined. Pour batter into greased pan.
Bake at 325* convection for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Spread glaze on cake while warm.
Glaze (for each cake): Melt chocolate with butter and milk. Stir in sifted powdered sugar.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp milk
1 cup powdered sugar
Cut each cake into 40 pieces (8×5) and top with cool whip and a cherry.
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