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The December movie at Food 'n Flix is Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. No, not the creepy Johnny Depp rehash but the original with the actor who is Willie Wonka. Gene Wilder. Am I right? Don't most of you agree Gene is the one and only true Wonka?
Our hostess for this month's movie party is Sarah who writes at Well Dined. Her announcement post is HERE
Way back in March this book was the feature at Cook the Books. We read the book and I was moved to prepare a roast beef dinner. That was inspired by the bleak portrayal of the Bucket household's pantry. They spoke of watery cabbage soup.....Yuk!
But it's December. And December = sweets. Chocolate and cherries.....a natural marriage if you ask me.
Based on Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this has a been a popular film for many years. Wonka hides five golden tickets in five different candy bars. The children with the tickets are allowed entrance to the mysterious chocolate factory, a place that has been closed off to the public for years. Four children are well…..just awful. Insufferable spoiled imps who get their just rewards. Charlie is the polite, well-mannered lad who wins it all. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer boy and a bonus is, his family benefits from his winning.
Because time can be tight in December with the running around, shopping, obligations, blah blah blah…….I offer up a quick version of chocolate cherry cake. Three ingredients for when you need a dessert on the fly.
1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 can of cherry pie filling
That’s it. Dump it all in a bowl. Mix it with a spoon, gently and thoroughly. Do Not use a mixer because the ingredients will stick mightily to the beaters. (Trust me)
Scrape it into a 9x13 pan or use a Bundt pan. I used the Bundt…see.
I baked this at 350 F for 50 minutes (that's what worked for my oven). There was still a bit of batter on the toothpick when I plunged it in and checked it after 45 minutes so I went the extra 5 minutes.
Next month our host will be Girlichef and she is doing a combo event of Hunger Games the book at Cook the Books Club and the movie at Food ‘n Flix. Ought to be fun and I am gearing up for that event at both places. Join us! It’s fun, and we don’t bite …well not too hard….and I know you’ll meet some great bookworms and foodies.
I am sharing this with Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking Series