Capitol-grade dark chocolate cake
“The supper comes in courses. A thick carrot soup, green salad, lamb chops and mashed potatoes, cheese and fruit, a chocolate cake. Throughout the meal, Effie Trinket keeps reminding us to save space because there’s more to come.” - “The Hunger Games,” page 44
Home Made Pop-Tarts
Makes 6 pastries.
Note: Fill with jam, Nutella or a mixture of 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon and 5 tablespoons sugar. Store pastries in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and reheat in a toaster, or in a 375-degree oven for 5 minutes. Freeze unbaked in single layers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and transfer to a freezer-safe container with layers of parchment paper; bake, as directed, when ready to serve. From “The Homemade Pantry” by Alana Chernila.
• 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
• 2 1/4 c. flour, plus extra for rolling dough
• 1/3 c. water
• 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp. water
• 6 tbsp. filling (see Note)
• Powdered sugar or frosting (see recipe, below), for garnish