Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Featuring Do Right Fudge Nut Brownie Cake Smothered in Orange Liqueur Mousse

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Author : Kevin Janaway

I went to school with a white dude who had an older sister named Aretha. People used to joke that his parents must’ve been expecting a soul singer as their child. Well, there is clearly only one Aretha. No one else can take her place. No one can out sing her, per “Diva’s Live.” And no one could possibly out do her talent and lyrics. You got to “Think” when you hear her and give “Respect,” because she makes you feel like a “Natural Woman,” all the way down “The Freeway of Love.”

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Before winning eighteen Grammys and being on the cover of Time Magazine, she was singing in Gospel caravans at her father’s sermons. He toured around the country. People were drawn to her soulful voice. I guess the “Sisters were doing it for Themselves.”

But like most successful people, she had failures at the beginning of her career. Aretha’s father did not want her to sign with the new Berry Gordy of MoTown. He was not yet famous and no one knew what he could do. Fancy that.

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She signed with Colombia Records instead. She stayed with them for six years, and nothing they did was successful. Total flops. Colombia has since acknowledged that they didn’t know how to appreciate her talent, and they were scared to showcase her loud soulful voice. Were they raised by wolves?

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After that didn’t work out, she signed with Atlantic, and everything came together. You have to Respect this Natural Woman. “I didn’t falter. I still believed (cuz) I knew you were waiting, knew you were waiting for me.”

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She had a career of many songs and albums that bombed, but you would never know because she also has so many amazing songs that have really contributed to our pop culture history and influenced many other strong vocalists, such as Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, and Christina Aguilera. Also, we do not know any of her unsuccessful songs, we just know all of her outstanding ones. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame and someone will always sing along when an Aretha Franklin song comes on in a restaurant or the bank.

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Aretha, has also been open about her yo-yo dieting thoughout her sixty plus year career. She has gained and lost weight many times over her career. She will always be amazing, and she can do whatever she wants. She’s the Queen!!! She has even given Command Performances in front of the Royal Family, in some wild furs or aqua colored feathers. I’m sure she shocked Queen Elizabeth.

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What kind of snacks do you think Ms. Franklin has enjoyed over the course of her wonderful career? Hopefully chocolate, or caramels, or some fancy casseroles. I bet people send her all kinds of stuff. If I was Aretha Franklin, I would eat cheesey mashed potatoes right before each performance, with some fancy broccoli, and a crème brulee. Or something else divine, along those lines. I bet she loves potatoes in all forms. I certainly do, cuz “I’m a do right, feel right man.” Make it a great day.

Signed,

Do Right Feel Right Man

Author : Shap

When I think of Aretha Franklin..one word comes to mind..DIVA. I think of loud, soulful, over the top and divine singing talent. She is one of the most influential and amazing singers to ever grace the music industry and music fans around the globe. So when I thought about doing a recipe I wanted to go over the top and decadent..only something a true DIVA could appreciate. I decided to make a Fudge Nut Brownie Cake Smothered In Orange Liqueur Mousse, a staple on the menu at McGuire’s Irish Pub. This cake is not for the easy bake oven bakers..its takes alot of work..its easy to make but its WORK . This cake is not for the faint of hearts and could possibly put you in a diabetic coma but its work every second of it….the chocolately richness topped with the creamy orange mousse is just too much honey…too much. And that’s exactly what fans say when they see the Queen of Soul , Aretha Franklin, perform. So go ahead and have yourself a slice or a sliver you won’t regret it, but don’t blame me if you can’t fit into your skinny jeans the next day…you may have to sweat and sing like Aretha to get back in them 🙂

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Do Right Fudge Nut Brownie Cake Smothered in Orange Liqueur Mousse

Ingredients for Brownie Cake

– 1 1/3 Cups Vegetable Oil, Plus more for greasing
– 6 Squares of Unsweetened Chocolate
– 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
– 3 Cups Granulated Sugar
– 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
– 1 Teaspoon Salt
– 1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Nuts ( Walnuts)
– 6 Large Eggs
– 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for Orange Mousse

– 2 3/4 Cups Orange Juice
– 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
– 2 1/2 Teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin
– 2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
– 23 oz. Solid White Chocolate, Divided
– 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
– 2 Tablespoon Grand Mariner
– 2 Cups Heavy Cream, Chilled
– 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder

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Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 10″ springform pan with vegetable oil. Set the pan aside.

2) Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Meanwhile, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder , salt and nuts in a large bowl, and mix well.

3) In another bowl, beat together the eggs, vanilla, and 1 1/3 cups oil. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, blending well with a wooden spoon. Fold in this melted chocolate.

4) Pour the batter into the oiled springform pan and bake until moist but springy to the touch, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven.

5) Carefully remove the outer ring from the springform pan, wash and dry it thoroughly.

6) Using a serrated knife, trim off 1″ around the entire edge of the cake. Snap the washed ring back on the springform pan ( the cake will be smaller than the pan) and refrigerate.

7) To prepare the mousse, combine the orange juice and sugar in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and let the mixture bubble slowly until it has reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 30 minutes.

8- Sprinkle the gelatin over the lemon juice and stir until blended. Allow the mixture to sit until slightly thick and tacky to the touch, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir the lemon mixture into the orange juice.

9) Break up 14 oz of the white chocolate, stir it into the orange juice mixture, and whisk until melted. Blend some of the hot mixture into the sour cream and then turn all of the sour cream into the saucepan, stirring carefully. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the liqueur.

10) Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour, whisking every 15 minutes; then mixture should be cold but not firm.

11) Beat the cream until stiff. Beat in the remaining 1 tablespoon of liqueur. Gently fold the cream into the orange mixture, blending well.

12) Pour the mousse mixture around the cake, filling the sides first. Use a knife to fill in and poke out any air pockets. Cover the top of the cake with the mousse, and refrigerate overnight.

13) Remove the cake from the refrigerator. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, then release the spring and remove the ring. Place the cake on a serving platter.

14) Use a vegetable peeler to shave the remaining white chocolate into thin curls, and arrange the curls over the top and sides of the cake. Dust with cocoa and serve. Nom Nom Nom !! 🙂

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