This morning the Calvary kitchen volunteers made 800 whoopie cookies. Tomorrow we will fill them with a marshmallow fluff filling to make 400 Whoopie Pies! Here’s the recipe:
Adapted From Gourmet Magazine, Jan 2003
Preheat oven to 325* convection
Make recipe 4
16 cups flour
4 cups cocoa powder
3 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp salt
in separate bowl:
8 cups well-shaken buttermilk
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp vanilla
in mixer the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add eggs:
4 cups (2 #) unsalted butter, softened
8 cups packed brown sugar
8 large eggs
Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to mixer,
beating until smooth.
Use purple handle size disher (3/4 ounce) to scoop batter
1 inch apart on well greased cookie sheets.
Bake 11-13 minutes, until tops are puffed and cakes spring back when
touched. Transfer to cooling racks to
Beat in mixer until smooth:
12 cups (6 #) butter, softened
30 cups powdered sugar
6 #5 cans marshmallow cream (about 48 cups)
8 tablespoons vanilla
(Last week I forgot to post the menu before I went on vacation! Dinner was Beef and Broccoli with Rice, and an Apple Crisp for dessert. I had a lovely, warm beach vacation with family and friends, and just returned to South Dakota in time for the below freezing temps of the Polar Vortex. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/28/us/polar-vortex-explained-wxc/index.html. Stay warm and safe out there and think of warmer days to come!)
Dinner is served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. All are welcome! Please bring your friends and neighbors, enjoy dinner together and stay for worship afterwards from 6:30-7:15.
We ask that you help us cover the food costs of our meals by contributing whatever you can to our donation jar when you sign in. Our suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Thank you for helping us keep this ministry going.
At the last meal before our Christmas break, we served over 500 people lasagna, salad, garlic bread and black forest cake. The live nativity worship service that followed dinner was outstanding, thanks to our staff and worship team. All of the Wednesday school preschoolers up through 5th graders sang beautifully for us as we heard the Christmas story and watched the angel, the shepherds, the holy family and the wise men gather near the altar. It was a wonderful reminder of why we come each week to learn and worship together.
We had some good help in the dining room too, as we welcomed home some of our college students who pitched in to serve.
The black forest cake was a favorite, rich and chocolatey with cherry pie filling mixed in, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
Here’s the recipe:
Black Forest Cake
servings: 11 cakes 12x20x2 inch pans.
Cut each in 40 pieces (8×5)
Each Cake: (Make 11 times)
pkg (18.25 oz each) devil’s food cake mix with pudding (Total: 22 pkg)
eggs (Total: 5 ½ dozen)
Tbsp almond extract (Total: 22 Tbsp)
21 oz cans cherry pie filling (Total: 462 oz, about 5 #10 cans)
If you need to serve a big crowd, here’s the recipe in large quantities.
Mean and Lean Meat Loaf, adapted from Disney’s Family Cookbook
For 480 servings, make the recipe 12 times, divided into 15 shallow steam table pans, lined with pansavers to make clean-up easy, or use disposable full size pans. Press 3/4ths of each batch into each pan flat like a cake. Combine the other 1/4 from each batch to make 3 extra pans. (We did this because the full 10# batch seemed too thick for the shallow steam table pans. (If you want, go ahead and make them thicker and just use 12 pans, but they may need to cook a little longer.) When done, cut into 32 pieces (8×4) for the 15 pans, or 40 pieces (8×5) if using 12 pans.
Mix ingredients well. Don’t over mix or the resulting meatloaf will be too dense and dry. Bake at 325* convection for 1 hour, covered with foil. Mix total ingredients for the sauce and divide evenly on top of partially baked meatloaves. Bake an additional 30 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 160*. Let sit for 10 min. before slicing.
See you in church! Volunteers are always welcome in the kitchen and dining room. Just stop in and ask how you can help.