Carrot Cake

Jun 17, 2012 by

A great carrot cake recipe of my dear twin sister Heleen. I have been having this one for years and thought it’s about time I put this one on the web for you also to enjoy 🙂

Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive, while carrots, which contain more sugar than any other vegetable besides the sugar beet, were much easier to come by and were used to make sweet desserts. The origins of carrot cake are disputed but it is thought to come from Norway.The popularity of carrot cake was probably revived in Britain because of rationing during the Second World War.

Carrot cakes first became commonly available in restaurants and cafeterias in the United States in the early 1960s. They were at first a novelty item, but people liked them so much that carrot cake became standard dessert fare.In 2005, the American-based Food Network listed carrot cake, with its cream-cheese icing, as number five of the top five fad foods of the 1970s.

Carrot cake is often referred to as Passion cake.Carrot cake was voted as the favourite cake in the United Kingdom, according to a survey in the Radio Times in 2011.

Another story indicates that following WWII there was a glut of canned carrots in the U.S.. A business man named George C. Page hired master Bakers to find uses for the cans of carrots. He somehow promoted the idea of carrot cake to help create a demand for the product. It is unclear how he did this, it might have been with a recipe on the side of the cans.

Ingredients

*1:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
*2:
3 cups shredded carrots
1 cup oil
4 eggs

For the Cream Cheese frosting:
1- 3oz package of cream cheese
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

1.  Shredd the carrots.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients (1)

3. Then combine all the wet ingredients (2)

4. Mix 1 and 2 together. Put in a bundt mold and bake for 1 hour and 10 min in a 325F oven, or until toothpick comes out clean.

5. Put the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds, add the sugar and vanilla. Spread on the carrot cake. Wait till the cake is cooled down before you put the icing on the cake.

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  • *1
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2*
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
For the Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1- 3oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Shredd the carrots.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients (1)
  3. Then combine all the wet ingredients (2)
  4. Mix 1 and 2 together. Put in a bundt mold and bake for 1 hour and 10 min in a 325F oven, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Put the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds, add the sugar and vanilla. Spread on the carrot cake. Wait till the cake is cooled down before you put the icing on the cake.

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

May 15, 2012 by

 

The name “brownies” first appeared in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook, where it describes molasses cakes baked in small tins. The origin of the Brownie is thought to be American and and is thought to derive its name from the brown color of the cookie. Folklore has its origin coming from a careless cook that forgot to put baking powder in the chocolate cake batter recipe.

Ingredients

4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp instant coffee
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1tbsp lemon
1 cup fresh raspberries
powdered sugar

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350F and coat an 8″ square baking pan with nonstick spray. Melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa and coffee in a bowl in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir until smooth. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Fold in flour. Spread batter in prepared pan. This is the basic brownie, if you want to you can add nuts and bake for 30-40 min.2. Cool completely before cutting. In this case we won’t bake the brownies just yet. We have to add the cream cheese mix first. Beat the cream cheese, sugar lemon juice mix until smooth. Blend in the egg, the spread cheesecake mixture over unbaked brownie batter. Top with the raspberries (if you like you can add different kind of fruit). Bake for 1 hour or until cheesecake is set and golden around edges. Cool brownies in pan cover and chill overnight. Dust with powder sugar.

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Ingredients
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbsp lemon
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and coat an 8" square baking pan with nonstick spray. Melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa and coffee in a bowl in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir until smooth. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Fold in flour. Spread batter in prepared pan. This is the basic brownie, if you want to you can add nuts and bake for 30-40 min.
  2. Cool completely before cutting. In this case we won't bake the brownies just yet. We have to add the cream cheese mix first. Beat the cream cheese, sugar lemon juice mix until smooth. Blend in the egg, the spread cheesecake mixture over unbaked brownie batter. Top with the raspberries (if you like you can add different kind of fruit). Bake for 1 hour or until cheesecake is set and golden around edges. Cool brownies in pan cover and chill overnight. Dust with powder sugar.

 

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

May 14, 2012 by

The pound cake is a British Creation dating back to the 17th Century.

The name (Pound Cake) comes from the fact that the original pound cakes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. No leaveners were used other than the air whipped into the batter. In the days when many people couldn’t read, this simple convention made it simple to remember recipes.

A cake made of 1 pound of each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour would have been very large and would have been able to serve multiple families. As years went by, the portions of the ingredients used were adjusted to make a smaller, lighter cake. However, the name of the cake stuck.

By the mid 1800’s pound cake recipes began to deviate slightly from the original formula to make a lighter cake. The Pound Cake has traditionally been a popular dessert in the southern states. The first known cookbook written by an African-American, Abby Fisher, called What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking. Mrs. Fisher, born a slave, somehow found her way to San Francisco soon after the Civil War and created a life and business there manufacturing and selling “pickles, preserves, brandies, fruits, etc. Mrs. Fisher could not read or write. It is said that her friends wrote down her recipes and helped her publish her cookbook. Her cookbook includes two Pound Cake recipes. Artificial leaveners (baking powder/soda) were added. Today, pound cakes use different proportions of the same ingredients as the original formula to produce a lighter cake. Info from the webpage whats cooking in america.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cake flour
3 cups sugar, 6 eggs
1 -8oz cream cheese
2 1/2 sticks butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions

1.   Melt butter and cream cheese in microwave for 50 sec. Mix sugar, butter and cream cheese together, mix well. Add 1 egg then beat well. Alternate with flour and beat well again. You end with an egg. Add the flavorings and beat well. Pour in greased bundt cake pan. Bake at 350F preheated oven for 70 minutes. On 2nd top shelf. 

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  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 3 cups sugar, 6 eggs
  • 1 -8oz cream cheese
  • 2½ sticks butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and cream cheese in microwave for 50 sec. Mix sugar, butter and cream cheese together, mix well. Add 1 egg then beat well. Alternate with flour and beat well again. You end with an egg. Add the flavorings and beat well. Pour in greased bundt cake pan. Bake at 350F preheated oven for 70 minutes. On 2nd top shelf.

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Chocolate Bourbon Cake

Mar 24, 2012 by

Down the street of my work is The Calvary Episcopal Church, located on 102 N. Second St. Downtown Memphis. This Church has a Memphis tradition dating back to 1928. People of different faiths gather during Lent to break bread together in Calvary’s Waffle Shop dining hall.

Last year was the first time I had the pleasure to taste this Chocolate Bourbon Cake. This year they had the same menu again and yes this Chocolate Bourbon Cake was there again. I asked for the recipe on Facebook, and lucky me and you they shared this recipe 🙂

Surprisingly this is one of the easiest cakes to make. If you are lucky you will be able to find the lady finger cookies at your local grocery store. Then it’s a no bake cake. If you are not that fortunate, you have to make your own lady fingers. No worry I have a recipe for that to.

Well this year (2014) the church was selling their cookbooks. Now you know I had to have one of those. I probably will make some other dishes out of their cookbook. But I don’t know about that fish pudding dish…………

Ingredients

1/2 lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
6 squares unsweetened chocolate
6 eggs
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 dozen lady fingers
2 oz. Bourbon
1 pint ( 2 cups) heavy cream

Instructions

1. Wet 2 standard loaf pans and line with Saran Wrap. Melt chocolate and cool slightly. Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

2. Whip the cream and season with Bourbon.

3. 1st layer: lady fingers that have been halved
2nd layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture per pan
3rd layer: 1/4 cup whipped cream mixture per pan
4th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan
5th layer: lady fingers
6th layer: 1/4 chocolate mixture pan
7th layer: 1/4 whipped cream per pan
8th layer: 1/4 chopped pecans per pan

4. Cover each loaf pan with Saran Wrap and freeze. To serve, slice frozen and put on plates (it does not take long to thaw at room temperature).

Chocolate Bourbon Cake
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 eggs
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ dozen lady fingers
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 pint ( 2 cups) heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Wet 2 standard loaf pans and line with Saran Wrap. Melt chocolate and cool slightly. Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  2. Whip the cream and season with Bourbon.
  3. st layer: lady fingers that have been halved
  4. nd layer: ¼ chocolate mixture per pan
  5. rd layer: ¼ cup whipped cream mixture per pan
  6. th layer: ¼ chopped pecans per pan
  7. th layer: lady fingers
  8. th layer: ¼ chocolate mixture pan
  9. th layer: ¼ whipped cream per pan
  10. th layer: ¼ chopped pecans per pan
  11. Cover each loaf pan with Saran Wrap and freeze. To serve, slice frozen and put on plates (it does not take long to thaw at room temperature).

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Banana Nut Bread

Jan 29, 2012 by

 

Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s, appears in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook,and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950. The origin of the first banana bread recipe is unknown, though some speculate it was originated in the 18th century by housewives experimenting with pearlash. The home baking revival of the 1960s and the simplicity of its recipe led to an explosion in banana bread’s popularity.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, about 4 medium
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup tropical medley
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, beat at low speed just until blended. beating at low speed just until blended.

2. Add the vanilla. Mash the bananas and stir in the bananas, pecans, tropical medley.

3. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pans. Stir together brown sugar, 1/4 cup pecans, 1/4 cup tropical medley,1 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from pan, shielding with aluminum foil last 15 minutes to prevent browning, if necessary. Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups mashed bananas, about 4 medium
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup tropical medley
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, beat at low speed just until blended. beating at low speed just until blended.
  2. Add the vanilla. Mash the bananas and stir in the bananas, pecans, tropical medley.
  3. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pans. Stir together brown sugar, ¼ cup pecans, ¼ cup tropical medley,1 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from pan, shielding with aluminum foil last 15 minutes to prevent browning, if necessary. Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

 

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Valentines Strawberry Cake

Jan 23, 2012 by

 

The History of Valentines Day:

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday. The history of Valentine’s Day, and its patron saint,is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite. Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men, his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl (who may have been his jailor’s daughter) who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women. Info from history.com

Ingredients

For the cake:
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup strawberry syrup
4 large eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 recipe Strawberry Cream-Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup buttermilk
Red food coloring.
For the syrup:
1 tray of strawberries
1 cup of sugar
1 tbsp lime juice.
For the Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup strawberry syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottoms of 2 (9-inch) cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat each pan with baking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together; set aside.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer for approximately 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the syrup then.add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Clean the strawberries and put in a pot, add the water, sugar and lime juice. Simmer till the fruit is soft. Then pour this strawberries mixture through a sieve and press it through. This will make the strawberry syrup.

4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add vanilla extract and enough food coloring to achieve desired color. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, alternate with buttermilk, ending with flour mixture. Divide batter equally between prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

5. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, strawberry syrup, vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Put the frosting on the cake when the cake layers are cool.

 

 

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for the cake:
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup strawberry syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 recipe Strawberry Cream-Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • Red food coloring.
For the syrup:
  • 1 tray of strawberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice.
For the Strawberry Cream Cheese frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup strawberry syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottoms of 2 (9-inch) cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat each pan with baking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer for approximately 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the syrup then.add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Clean the strawberries and put in a pot, add the water, sugar and lime juice. Simmer till the fruit is soft. Then pour this strawberries mixture through a sieve and press it through. This will make the strawberry syrup.
  4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add vanilla extract and enough food coloring to achieve desired color. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, alternate with buttermilk, ending with flour mixture. Divide batter equally between prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, strawberry syrup, vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Put in refrigerator till cool before use.

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Chocolate Ganache Bourbon Cake

Jan 23, 2012 by

A chocolate Ganache is just chocolate melted and beaten into heavy cream. It’s a magic substance; it can be a glaze, a filling, a coating, a solid truffle it just depends on the ratio of cream to chocolate. I like a ratio of a bit more cream to chocolate for a whipped filling; this ensures that it doesn’t get too hard and difficult to spread. The bittersweet taste of a good chocolate Ganache is refreshing.

Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth and velvety mixture of chocolate and cream. Its origin is a little unclear, but it is believed to have been invented around 1850. Some say it originated in Switzerland where it was used as a base for truffles. Others say it was invented in Paris at the Patisserie Siravdin.

Ingredients

For the whipped chocolate ganache:
8 oz semisweet chocolate
2 cups heavy cream
2 tbsp brandy or bourbon
For the whipped cream:
2 cups of heavy cream
1 tbsp brandy or bourbon
1 tbsp sugar
1 bag whip it of Dr Oetker
For the cake:
3/4 cup butter
3 eggs on room temperature
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup bourbon or brandy
1 cups milk
1/2 cup of chopped pecan nuts or any nuts you have available

Instructions

1. Put the chocolate in a large, heatproof bow. Heat the cream to boiling and pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then add the salt and flavoring, if desired, and stir by hand with a spatula. Refrigerate overnight. Whip with a stand mixer or beaters until soft, whipped, and slightly lightened in color. Put in the refrigerator until you layer the cake.

2.To make the whipped cream you add 2 cups of heavy cream to a bowl add 1 tbsp of bourbon or brandy, 1 tbsp sugar and 1 bag of whip it of Dr Oetker ( that keeps the whipped cream stiff, it’s a stabilizer). Put in the refgrigerator untill you layer the cake.

3. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt: set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined. Beat for 2 minutes more after all sugar is gone. Add eggs 1 at a time beating after each egg for one minute. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk and brandy to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Bake at 375F oven for 25 min. You need only 1 cake layer for this cake, you can put the other one in the freezer for later use. Use a toothpick to check if it comes out clean.

4. After you let the cake cool down use toothfloss to half the cake. On the first layer you put the ganache, then top with the chopped pecans and then the whipped cream. Add the second layer of the cake and then another layer of ganache and whipped cream. Keep in the refrigerator to keep cool.

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3 Citrus Pound Cake

Jan 22, 2012 by

The name Pound Cake comes from the fact that the original pound cakes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. No leavens were used other than the air whipped into the batter. In the days when many people couldn’t read, this simple convention made it simple to remember recipes.

Ingredients

For the cake
1 grapefruit
1 lemon
1 lime
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp grapefruit juice
1 1/2 cups unsalted softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups cake flour (If you don’t have cake flour, substitute 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour)
1 vanilla bean
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
For the glaze
2 tbsp softened unsalted butter
1 tbsp reserved grapefruit juice
3/4 cup powdered sugar
grated grapfruit
lemon and lime peel.

Instructions

1.  Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 9 to 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch angel food cake (tube) pan. Set aside.

2. Grate peel from grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange. Place 2 tsp each grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange peel in small bowl; add milk and 1 tbsp grapefruit juice. Mix well.

3. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (Mixture will appear curdled).

3. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another small bowl. Combine gradually the dry flour mixture to the wet butter sugar egg mixture, alternately add the milk mixture, beating just until moistened after each addition.
4. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely.
5. Combine 2 tablespoons melted butter and reserved 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice in small bowl. Add powdered sugar; stir until well mixed. (Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional grapefruit juice, if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency.) Drizzle over cooled cake. Sprinkle with grated peel, if desired.

 

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Ingredients
For the cake
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp grapefruit juice
  • 1½ cups unsalted softened butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2½ cups cake flour (If you don't have cake flour, substitute 2¼ cups all-purpose flour)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
For the glaze
  • 2 tbsp softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp reserved grapefruit juice
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • grated grapfruit
  • lemon and lime peel.
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 9 to 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch angel food cake (tube) pan. Set aside.
  2. Grate peel from grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange. Place 2 tsp each grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange peel in small bowl; add milk and 1 tbsp grapefruit juice. Mix well.
  3. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (Mixture will appear curdled).
  4. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another small bowl. Combine gradually the dry flour mixture to the wet butter sugar egg mixture, alternately add the milk mixture, beating just until moistened after each addition.
  5. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely.
  6. Combine 2 tablespoons melted butter and reserved 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice in small bowl. Add powdered sugar; stir until well mixed. (Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional grapefruit juice, if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency.) Drizzle over cooled cake. Sprinkle with grated peel, if desired.

 

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Banana Pudding (not yo mama’s)

Jan 18, 2012 by

Banana pudding has a long history dating back to the 19 century, there isn’t much information available. What I did find is that bananas began to be marketed in the United States around the 19th century. Cooks were fascinated by this exotic fruit and began using them in existing recipes of cooked puddings and baked custards topped with meringue. A 1902 cookbook contains recipes for fried bananas, baked bananas, banana pudding, and banana cake in a section called Hawaiian recipes.

In 1901 Nabisco began marketing vanilla wafers. No one seems to know which cook was the first to line the pudding dish with vanilla wafers but it caught on quickly, especially after Nabisco began printing the recipe on their vanilla wafer package. Banana pudding is a dessert common in the Southern United States.

I personally do not care for the vanilla wafers so I use chessman cookies.

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies
  • 5 Bananas
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1 pkg. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 tub cool whip
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Use a 9×11 pan. Put one layer of cookies on the bottom of the dish. And add the sliced bananas. Mix the milk with the instant pudding and put to the side. Next mix the softened cream cheese and the condensed milk. Combine the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture with the instant pudding. Then, fold the cool whip into that mixture. Pour the entire mixture over the bananas. Add another layer of cookies on top of pudding. Let chill 30 minutes before serving.

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Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies
  • 5 Bananas
  • ½ can condensed milk
  • 1 pkg. softened cream cheese
  • ½ tub cool whip
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Use a 9x11 pan. Put one layer of cookies on the bottom of the dish. And add the sliced bananas. Mix the milk with the instant pudding and put to the side. Next mix the softened cream cheese and the condensed milk. Combine the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture with the instant pudding. Then, fold the cool whip into that mixture. Pour the entire mixture over the bananas. Add another layer of cookies on top of pudding. Let chill 30 minutes before serving.

 

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Dutch Apple Cake

Jan 15, 2012 by

My sisters came to visit me last year and my sister Martha made this Dutch Apple Cake  for us. She gave me her recipe and I made a few changes to the ingredients, just added cinnamon, vanilla and lemon extract.

Ingredients

4 small apples (you need 3 1/2 but you can eat the rest)
1 cup sugar plus 3 tbsp
2/3 cup unsalted melted butter
4 eggs
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp apricot jelly

Instructions

1. Put parchment paper underneath the circle of the spring form and draw a circle. Cut out the circle and spray the springform with Pam. Put the parchment circle on it and spray it again with Pam. so the cake won’t stick to the bottom.

2. Peel the apples and take the core out. Cut the apples up in 4. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 3 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon to the apples. Mix it up and set aside.

3. Add the melted butter to the sugar and mix well. Add one egg to the butter sugar mix, alternate with 1/2 cup of cake flour. When you used up all the flour and the eggs, add the vanilla and lemon extract.

4. Pour in the prepared spring form and top it off with the apples. Cook in a preheated oven of 300F oven for 1 1/2 hour. The last 10 min top the cake with the apricot jelly and cook 10 min more. Take the cake out of the oven and put on a wired rack, let it cool for about 10 min then you should be able to take the cake out of the spring form.

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My sisters came to visit me last year and my sister Martha made this for us. She gave me her recipe and I made a few changes to the ingredients, just added cinnamon, vanilla and lemon extract.
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Cuisine: Dutch
Ingredients
  • 4 small apples (you need 3½ but you can eat the rest)
  • 1 cup sugar plus 3 tbsp
  • ⅔ cup unsalted melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp apricot jelly
Instructions
  1. Put parchment paper underneath the circle of the spring form and draw a circle. Cut out the circle and spray the springform with Pam. Put the parchment circle on it and spray it again with Pam. so the cake won't stick to the bottom.
  2. Peel the apples and take the core out. Cut the apples up in 4. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 3 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon to the apples. Mix it up and set aside.
  3. Add the melted butter to the sugar and mix well. Add one egg to the butter sugar mix, alternate with ½ cup of cake flour. When you used up all the flour and the eggs, add the vanilla and lemon extract.
  4. Pour in the prepared spring form and top it off with the apples. Cook in a preheated oven of 300F oven for 1½ hour. The last 10 min top the cake with the apricot jelly and cook 10 min more. Take the cake out of the oven and put on a wired rack, let it cool for about 10 min then you should be able to take the cake out of the spring form.

 

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Dutch Apple Pie

Jan 15, 2012 by

Recipes for Dutch apple pie go back centuries. There exists a painting from the Dutch Golden Age, dated 1626, featuring such a pie.

The basis of Dutch apple pie is a crust on the bottom and around the edges. This is then filled with pieces or slices of apple, usually a crisp and mildly tart variety such as Goudreinet or Elstar. Cinnamon and sugar are generally mixed in with the apple filling, and lemon juice is often added. The filling can be sprinkled with liqueur for taste. Atop the filling, strands of dough cover the pie in a lattice, holding the filling in place but keeping it visible. Though it can be eaten cold, most people crave for the warm version, with a dash of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

For the crust:
300 gram self rising flour
200 gram unsalted butter
150 gram sugar
1 egg
For the filling:
1 kg tart apples (Jona)
50 gram vanilla sugar (Dr Oetker)
100 gram raisins
1-2 tsp cinnamon
breadcrumbs
1 beaten egg to glaze
Parchment paper

Instructions

1.  Well the raisins in water or rum Put all the ingredients for the crust in the kitchen aid machine, and mix till the dough is a ball. Take the dough out and put in the refrigerator (needs to be cold to make the crust).
2. Peel the apples and use the mandolin to make even slices of the apples. Combine with the vanilla sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Sprinkle with some lemon juice, that way the apples won’t turn brown. Add the cinnamon ( I forgot the pic of that one but you get the idea).

3. Circle with a pencil around the spring form on parchment paper, cut the circle out. Grease the spring form add the cut out parchment paper and add the breadcrumbs, that will absorb the moisture.

4.Roll 1/2 the dough out and put the crust in the spring form, don’t make it too thick. Add the apple mixture to it and roll the left over dough in strips and make a lattice pattern. Brush the lattice with the beaten egg. Bake in a preheated oven of 300F and bake for about 1hr and 10 min. According to mom’s recipe it should be 175C which is 340F. If you have bigger slices of apple you need to cook it longer.

 

Dutch Apple Pie
 
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The basis of Dutch apple pie is a crust on the bottom and around the edges. This is then filled with pieces or slices of apple, usually a crisp and mildly tart variety such as Goudreinet or Elstar. Cinnamon and sugar are generally mixed in with the apple filling, and lemon juice is often added. The filling can be sprinkled with liqueur for taste. Atop the filling, strands of dough cover the pie in a lattice, holding the filling in place but keeping it visible. Though it can be eaten cold, most people crave for the warm version, with a dash of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 300 gram self rising flour
  • 200 gram unsalted butter
  • 150 gram sugar
  • 1 egg
For the filling:
  • 1 kg tart apples (Jona)
  • 50 gram vanilla sugar (Dr Oetker)
  • 100 gram raisins
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • breadcrumbs
  • 1 beaten egg to glaze
  • Parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Well the raisins in water or rum Put all the ingredients for the crust in the kitchen aid machine, and mix till the dough is a ball. Take the dough out and put in the refrigerator (needs to be cold to make the crust).
  2. Peel the apples and use the mandolin to make even slices of the apples. Combine with the vanilla sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Sprinkle with some lemon juice, that way the apples won't turn brown. Add the cinnamon ( I forgot the pic of that one but you get the idea).
  3. Circle with a pencil around the springform on parchment paper, cut the circle out. Grease the spring form add the cut out parchment paper and add the breadcrumbs, that will absorb the moisture.
  4. Roll ½ the dough out and put the crust in the spring form, don't make it too thick. Add the apple mixture to it and roll the left over dough in strips and make a lattice pattern. Brush the lattice with the beaten egg. Bake in a preheated oven of 300F and bake for about 1hr and 10 min. According to mom's recipe it should be 175C which is 340F. If you have bigger slices of apple you need to cook it longer.

 

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Stoof Peertjes (Dutch)

Jan 7, 2012 by

It is about time I start to post some recipes of my child hood. Recipes of the food my mother used to cook for us and still does. The picture below shows some shots of her well used cookbook :).

If you are Dutch you know what this is. This is a typical Dutch dish. I had to improvise with this recipe for stoofpeertjes, because some ingredients are not available here, like ‘Gieser Wildeman Pears’, I used Bosc Pears. Bosbessensap is not available here neither. I came up with one of my own concoctions.

Ingredients

8 bosc pears (if you can get your hands on the Gieser Wildeman Pears use that)
2 tbsp sugar
1 (12oz) bag of berry blend berries
1 cups of Minute Maid Pomegranate blueberry juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Peel the pears, half them and take the core out. Put the bag of frozen berries in a pot and add the juice and sugar. Add the pears and the cinnamon stick. ( The original recipe says boil in water with the cinnamon stick, since I don’t have the same pears the color won’t be the same, if I just boil them in water so I changed it and cook them in berry juice). Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 hours. Take the pears out, press the berries through a sieve. If you like the juice thick add some diluted cornstarch to the juice. You can serve this as a side dish or use it for a dessert, add it to yoghurt or add the juice to griesmeel pudding another recipe from my Mom’s Dutch Cooking.

 

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It is about time I start to post some recipes of my child hood. Recipes of the food my mother used to cook for us and still does. The picture below shows some shots of her well used cookbook :).
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Recipe type: Side Dish and or Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
Ingredients
  • 8 bosc pears (if you can get your hands on the Gieser Wildeman Pears use that)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 (12oz) bag of berry blend berries
  • 1 cups of Minute Maid Pomegranate blueberry juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Peel the pears, half them and take the core out. Put the bag of frozen berries in a pot and add the juice and sugar. Add the pears and the cinnamon stick. ( The original recipe says boil in water with the cinnamon stick, since I don't have the same pears the color won't be the same, if I just boil them in water so I changed it and cook them in berry juice). Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 hours. Take the pears out, press the berries through a sieve. If you like the juice thick add some diluted cornstarch to the juice. You can serve this as a side dish or use it for a dessert, add it to yoghurt or add the juice to griesmeel pudding another recipe from my Mom's Dutch Cooking.

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