Dairy Chocolate Sourdough Cake for Shavuot

Cheesecake is traditional for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost) next Thursday evening. But if you’re looking for something easy and different, you can try this single-bowl cake recipe from Joy of Cooking. Though the recipe calls for sourdough starter, you don’t need to let the batter rise.

Cream thoroughly:

6 tbps. butter

1 c. sugar

Add and beat:

2 eggs

Stir in, then beat well:

1 cup sourdough starter (don’t forget to feed your leftover starter)

3/4 c. milk

3 oz. melted semisweet chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together:

1-3/4 c. sifted all-purpose flour (as always, I use 90% whole wheat)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Fold the flour mixture into the batter and stir until smooth. Pour into greased pans and bake about 40 minutes for one nine-inch (27 cm) square pan or 25 minutes for two 8-inch (24 cm) round pans.  Sprinkle sifted powdered sugar over the cake, if desired.

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