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Chinese 5 Spice Millionaire's Bacon



 Source: Fine Cooking,


WITCH’S FINGER – Feta Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers


1 ½ pkg (3 Rolls) Pillsbury’s Pie Crust (already rolled, in a box near the Crescent rolls in the                                                                                                                                                                refrigerated section of the grocery store)

½ pkg of shredded Feta cheese, about 85 grams

2 roasted red peppers, chopped fine

1 tube red edible sparkle gel (Wilton, Bulk Barn)

½ cup of sliced blanched almonds


Unroll three tubes of pie crust.  Use a rolling pin to roll them a bit thinner.

Spread the cheese and peppers all over the first crust.

Lay the second crust on top of the cheese/peppers.

Knead the whole thing into a large ball. 

You may need to flour your hands and the ball.

Now, knead in the third crust.

Divide in thirds and chill each part in a plastic bag in the fridge for 10 minutes.


Pre-heat oven to 350F.


Remove one roll and cut or pinch off small sections.  Roll them between your hands into finger length pieces with knobbly joints. (If the dough gets too soft to manage, put it into the fridge to chill.)

Use a knife to score in the joints, add a dab of red gel for blood and slide a sliced almond in for a finger nail.

Lay onto parchment that’s lining a cookie sheet.  Put it in the fridge.  Do the same with the 2nd and 3rd batch of dough.   Be sure to chill the last batch before baking.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove pan.  Let cool. 


Recipe developed through trial & error at Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, September 2017.




Preheat oven to 350F


Line a 9x13” cake pan with parchment.


In a saucepan, stir over low heat until smooth:

8 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped

½ cup UNsalted butter

2/3 cup milk, 2% or better yet, 3%


Remove from heat and beat in:

1 ¼ cups light brown sugar

2 teas vanilla extract


Let cool slightly.


In a bowl, beat together:

2 egg yolks

           2/3 cup sour cream, full fat


Beat the yolks & cream mixture INTO the chocolate.


In a bowl, sift together:

2 cups self-rising flour

1 teas baking powder


Sift over the chocolate FOLD in.


Whisk until stiff:

2 egg whites.


Stir about 2 Tbsp of the whites in to the chocolate cake to lighten it.

FOLD in the remaining whites, using a metal spoon. Don’t over FOLD.


Pour mixture into the cake pan and smooth.


Bake: 45-55 minutes or until firm to the touch.


Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.


Turn cake onto a wire rack, remove the pan, set aside until COMPLETELY COOL.


Prick the bottom of the cake with thin stick and pour ¼ - ½ cup of Cab Franc until it is absorbed.




In a small saucepan WARM:

¼ cup seedless raspberry jam

1 Tbsp brandy


Brush over the cake.


Let set in the fridge.  Takes about 20 minutes. 



In a saucepan, gently heat together and stir until smooth:

1 ½ Tbsp Cab Franc

7 oz unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped

scant 1/2 cup butter


Pour into a bowl and cool until it begins to thicken.


Spread on top of the jam/brandy.


Let set in the fridge.  Takes about 20 minutes.




In a medium sized heatproof bowl, set aside:

12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped


In a small saucepan over MEDIUM HEAT, bring BARELY TO A BOIL:

1 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons UNsalted butter


IMMEDIATELY pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand.  DO NOT STIR. 


After 5 minutes, stir gently with a spoon or whisk until smooth. Don’t incorporate air into it.



1 1/2 Tbsp Cab Franc


Pour the ganache onto the center of the cake. Working quickly, spread the ganache over the cake.

Let the ganache set before covering and storing the cake.




This is very rich.  Serve small pieces with FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER on the top of the ganache.  That’s the Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery way!



Inspired by “Death By Chocolate” from “CHOCOLATE cooking with the world’s best ingredient”

by Christine McFadden and Christine France, pg 102, and developed by the staff at

Sue-Ann Estate Winery where chocolate, bacon and wine are the three main food groups.