Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TWD ~ Double Apple Bundt Cake

 It's baking time with the Tuesday's With Dorie group and
Lynne of Honey Muffin chose Double Apple Bundt Cake
The double apple goodness comes from grated apple and apple butter.
Just as you would expect, it filled the house with the wonderful autumn smells of baking apples with cinnamon and spices.  I wish I could tell you how it tastes but I won't know until tomorrow when I will be serving it as a dessert for our weekly community group Bible study kick-off dinner.  Dorie says, 'wrapped well, the cake will keep for up to 4 days at room temperature and for up to 2 months in the freezer.'
Double Apple Bundt Cake
From Dorie Greenspan’s
Baking: From my Home to Yours
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup store-bought apple butter
2 eggs
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
½ cup plump, moist raisins (dark or golden)
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

For the Icing (optional)
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
About 2 tablespoons fresh orange or lemon juice 
Getting ready:  Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9- to 10- inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. If your pan is not nonstick, dust the interior of the pan with flour, then tap out the excess. (If yo’ve got a silicone Bundt pan, there’s no need to butter or flour it.) Don’t place the pan on a baking sheet – you want the oven’s heat to circulate through the Bundt’s inner tube.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed, scarping the bowl as needed, for 3 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth, thick and pale. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each addition; you’ll have a light, fluffy batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the apple butter – don’t worry if it curdles the batter. Still on low, add the grated apples and mix to completely blend. Add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the nuts and raisins. Turn the batter into the Bundt pan and smooth the top of the batter with the rubber spatula.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a think knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before unmolding and cooling the cake to room temperature. If possible, once the cake is completely cool, wrap well in plastic and let it stand overnight at room temperature to ripen the flavors.

If you’re not going to ice the cake, you can dust it with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.
To make the optional icing:  Put the sugar in a small bowl and stir in a squirt or two of either orange or lemon juice. Keep adding the juice a little at a time until you have an icing that falls easily from the tip of a spoon. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake letting it slide down the curves of the cake in whatever pattern it makes. Let the cake stand until the icing dries, a matter of minutes, before slicing.

You can see more Dorie bakers by visiting the Tuesdays with Dorie links here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

big kids

If you are a young mom engaged in the busyness of training and raising your young-in's, you may wish to stop reading this post now especially if you think parenting gets easier as your beloved children grow into adults.
Here is what I noticed at the end of the hallway upon waking this morning...
a closer inspection revealed this...
a note telling me she loves me and even includes and heart and a happy face...
oh... and a request
but there is more...
I follow the arrow...
What compassionate human being would not be moved by someone who cleaned nonstop into the wee hours of the morning tossing both clean and dirty laundry out of ones room into a pathetic, stinky heap at the end of the hall.

Now, if you are one of those extremely fortunate mom's that has a neat child, please don't tell me because I will be envious.  I got a couple of messy kids and Abbey does messy better than most.  Maybe it is linked to her artsy-ness ~ maybe it is pure sluggard-ness. 

I gave her fair warning.
"Abbey, you have until Sunday night to clean your room.
First thing Monday morning, I'm going in."

Guess she thought this would buy her some time.
It did.
I will give her a few more days before I head in armed with giant Hefty bags.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Garage Sale Finds

Bright sun, cooler temperatures and lots of garage sales is how we enjoyed our Saturday morning.
I know God fills all my days with blessings but every once in a while he sets aside a special treat that I know is just for me.
A couple of weeks ago I saw on a blog a recipe for shortbread cookies that were made using a shortbread pan.  I thought they were so pretty that I checked e-Bay and on-line stores thinking how much I would like to have one.  Amazon currently has one listed for $34.50 and I thought that was too much to spend on something I didn't really need.  How excited I was to find a brand new shortbread pan at a garage sale for a whopping two dollars!
I think it was sitting there just waiting for me to find it!
How about some new CD's @25 cents each.
And, a new radio/CD player for $10.00 (the seller was firm at $10.00)
A beautiful mirror for $7.00.
Two bags of potting soil for my needy African Violet's
A immersible blender so I don't almost explode my old blender when pureeing hot soup
A tiny little chopper for quick work in the kitchen (still looking for a full size food processor)
A book that I have been thinking about rereading. (last read The Hobbit in high school)
A brand new, very heavy cast iron pot from a lady that begins every recipe with a stick of butter and says 'oil' differently than I do.
All for a fraction of the original cost.
It felt like Christmas
Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

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