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Week 3: Dining with Bronson

Guest Blog by Beth Accomando

Sorry for the delay but TCM Film Festival and a cold slowed me down but back to Bronson fulltime now till the end of the month.

April 15: Hard Times (1975)

Bare Knuckle Whiskey Cake

Bronson plays Chaney a bare knuckles boxer so this dessert is a no-brainer: Bare Knuckle Whiskey Cake. The brand even has a bare-knuckle boxer on the label. Martha Stewart has a good recipe for a chocolate whiskey cake but I went for this one from the New York Times because in addition to mixing whiskey in the batter it also calls for drizzling the baked cake with more whiskey and adding whiskey post-cooking means the alcohol does not cook out so it’s way boozier… as it should be.

April 16: Death Wish 2 (1982)

Death Wish Coffee Up All Night Killing Hoodlums Biscotti

Death Wish Coffee Loose Cannon Cupcakes

Bronson returns for more revenge in Death Wish 2 and I was thrilled to discover a Death Wish Coffee Company that has a warning label on its coffee (just like Bronson’s vigilante needs a warning label). This “highly caffeinated coffee is perfect for making biscotti (plus Bronson’s Paul Kersey hails from New York City, a place known for its Italian biscotti). So enjoy some Death Wish Coffee Up All Night Killing Hoodlums Biscotti. I also thought that Death Wish Coffee Loose Cannon Cupcakes would also be fun since this is a Cannon film and this Black Magic Cake recipe uses a cup of brewed coffee. But you can give it a try.

Use this Black Magic Cake recipe but bake as cupcakes.

Death Wish Coffee Up All Night Killing Hoodlums Biscotti Recipe


2 cups flour

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup butter, cut into small cubes

1 cup almonds

3oz coarsely chopped dark chocolate

2 eggs

3 tablespoon ground Death Wish coffee

2 tablespoons coffee liqueur


Place one oven rack in the middle of your oven and preheat oven to 325°F.

Put ground coffee and liqueur in a bowl and microwave for one minute.

In a food processor mix together flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Add cubed butter and pulse to coarse consistency. Add almonds and chocolate and pulse briefly.

Add eggs and coffee mixture and pulse till dough just comes together.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead briefly. Divide the dough in half. On a floured work surface, using hands, roll each piece into a cylinder about 12-inches long and about 1-1/2-inches in diameter.

Place rolls, well separated, on to the baking sheet and flatten a bit.

Place into oven and bake 25 minutes until very lightly browned and firm to the touch.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes, and then slice each one diagonally into cookies about 1/2-inch thick.

Place biscotti back on the baking sheet on their bottom. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven and transfer to racks to cool. Serve with Death Wish Coffee.

April 17: Cold Sweat (1970)

Cold Sweat Ice Cream with Toad Sweat Sauce

This is ice cream made with hot chili peppers and served with chili chocolate sauce. Cold Sweat Ice Cream can be made to whatever temperature you dare. Sunni Sky’s in North Carolina makes Cold Sweat and Exit Wound ice cream, either of which fits a Bronson film. Toad Sweat Sauce is a chocolate sauce with chili peppers. You can use mild chilies or ghost peppers depends on how much cold sweat you want. Here’s the recipe from Epicurious.

April 18: Breakout (1975)

Prison Break Mexican Brownies (dense enough to bake a file inside but sweet enough to use as a bribe)

In this film Bronson has to orchestrate a prison break in a Mexican prison so make these delicious Mexican brownies that are nice and dense and could hide a file to help you escape or use to bribe a guard. Use Mexican chocolate like Ibarra, Abuelita, or Taza. To be extra decadent you can drizzle Kahlúa over the brownies just after they come out of the oven for a little extra kick.

Find the recipe here.

April 19: The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Wladislaw Incognito Polish Dog (Polish Sausage in a German Bun)

Bronson plays Polish-American Joseph Wladislaw who has to impersonate a German soldier as part of the mission he and the other 11 members of the ragtag team have to execute. In honor of his mission serve Polish sausage with sauerkraut on a Kaiser roll for the Wladislaw Incognito Polish Dog.

April 20: Love and Bullets (1979)

Love and Bullets

If you want something simple, Bronson plays Congers and a conger is an eel, so you can just pop open a can of eel from the Japanese market and be done. Or if you have some leftover Vengeance is Mine Gun Cookies from when you were watching Death Wish I then simply make some red lip cookies or chocolates for a Love and Bullets dessert that matches the poster. Up to you if you want to make a Jill Ireland out of marzipan to sit atop the cookies.

April 21: Mr. Majestyk (1974)

Majestyk Mexican Migrant Melon Treat

Bronson plays a farmer who also happens to be an ex-con, former U.S. Army Ranger instructor and Vietnam vet. How’s that for cramming as many character types as possible into one role! He runs a watermelon farm in Colorado so here’s a tasty and refreshing treat: watermelon, lime, and Tajín Clásico seasoning. A perfect snack for workers in the field or for that much needed refreshing break while seeking revenge.

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