Baking

Pork Chops baked beets and apples

Crazy is the best way to describe 2020 period! I haven’t stepped foot into the office since Mid March. I used to go out to do errands and shop a few times a week, I barely do that now. We haven’t made any vacation plans; which is the only way I make my husband take time off; he is actually working at the moment on a Sunday. And it goes without saying that Covid and the election is just plain insanity for the whole world.
Lets hope the world will right it self sooner rather than later.

The recipe I am going to share with you was another one my daughter made with some of our favorite things, yes we love beets; I know a lot of people won’t say that; I often wonder why? While I love beets my least favorite way to eat them is pickled. I’m just not a fan even thought I love pickles, I don’t mind pickled radishes, carrots and cabbage just not beets.

The recipe is from one her cookbooks she has many tabs in. From the oven to the table. I like how my daughter picked up golden beets; while we eat more purple beets they tend to share their purple color with whatever you pair them with.

Pork chops baked beets and apples

Equipment

  • mortar and pestle or small grinder

Ingredients
  

Pork

  • 4 cloves garlic finely grated
  • 4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 thick bone-in pork chops
  • kosher salt

Vegetables

  • 1 pound cooked beets peeled and quartered
  • 2 medium apples halved, cored each cut into 12 wedges
  • 2 onions halved and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Instructions
 

  • put the garlic into a mortar and pestle with the salt and caraway seeds and pound with the pestle. Add the olive oil, working it in until you have a rough paste. Put the pork chops in a bowl and add the mixture from the mortar, turning the chops over in it. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • preheat oven to 375'F
  • In a shallow baking dish big enough for everything to lay flat and add everything for the vegetables to your dish, using your hands toss everything together and then spread out in a single layer. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Heat a fry or grill pan over high heat until very hot. Add the chops and brown on all sides including the fat. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Place the chops on top of the vegetables and pour over the cooking juices from the fry pan. Bake for another 20 minutes till the chops are still tender but cooked through.
  • serve and enjoy!
    add some sour cream with chopped dill on top if desired

 

blueberry zucchini lemon bread

Sitting on the porch just finished having a couple of buttermilk biscuits for breakfast with my husband and daughter. When I first came outside the sun was hitting one lonely little sunflower which I don’t usually see or maybe it’s more like notice. It is slowly following the sun around and by the afternoon will have done a 180′ turn which is pretty cool if you think about it.
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The porch has become THE place this summer. We have been spending a lot of time out here either alone and with friends and family. I wonder when the pergola; affectionately called the Parthenon (it’s huge, white columns in all) my husband has been building all summer will take over as THE place to be once it’s done.
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I have made this bread a couple of times and tweaked it a bit to not only have a lemon glaze on top but to add some lemon to the dough. I mean blueberry and lemon are fantastic together. I am not entirely sure what zucchini is bringing to the party except maybe some extra moisture but I am happy to have somewhere for all of our garden zucchini to go.  This year since I am working from home and can’t really share with my co-workers I have a little table I have been placing at the end of our driveway and filling it with whatever we cannot use up or give way to family and friends. I think the people who pass by are happy since the harvest is gone a short time later.
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Blueberry Zucchini Lemon Bread

quick and tasty bread, this make 2 large loaves or several small ones
Course bread

Ingredients
  

  • 3 extra large eggs large are fine
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon good vanilla extract
  • 21/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini squeeze excess liquid out
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 small lemon zested add a little or a lot - your choice

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 small lemon juiced use the lemon you zested
  • 1 tablespoon milk optional

Instructions
 

quick bread

  • Pre-heat oven to 350'F. lightly greased 2 large loaf pans or several mini pans. whatever you have on hand. You might want to cut parchment paper to fit your pans to lift out the bread intact. I did not and will next time. the bread is a wet dough and doesn't like to come out of the pans nicely.
  • in a large mixing bowl add the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. beat on low till combined. Fold in the zucchini. add the flour, salt, baking powder and soda beat till combined. gently fold in the blueberries. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. adjust timing for the size loaf pans you are using; smaller pans less time. Cool for 20 minutes, remove from loaf pans carefully to a wire rack to cool completely.

Lemon Glaze

  • whisk together the lemon juice, powdered sugar if you are opting not to add milk then I would drizzle this on top of the warm bread.
  • If you decide to add milk to the glaze then I would wait for the bread to cool completely before your drizzle.
Keyword blueberry zucchini lemon bread

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Baked Cod and Mango Salsa

We should eat more fish – I think this a lot but yet we really don’t eat it very often and that makes me sad.  We live in New England and although our coastline is pretty small; not that that matters; we still have one and we all love eating most kinds of fish; my daughter is the only one in the family that likes salmon weird huh! None of us actually want to go out and catch it but we all enjoy eating it. I love buying fresh fish but I am not opposed to grabbing the flash frozen variety in my local grocery store. It has never done me wrong so if you see it grab some and enjoy! 

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If you have never had or made a mango salsa I would like you to check it out. I haven’t had a bad one yet and it goes great with fish cooked any way. I also make a little different one for the fish tacos we love (see link here) Taco Tuesday (Fish Tacos)

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A simple salt and pepper on the fish and place it in the oven, while it is cooking I made my salsa to spoon over the top using some fresh cilantro. I also made some sweet potato wedges using some of my fresh rosemary. I really love having fresh herbs on hand, they grow quite nicely out on my back deck in my over the railing window boxes. I wish I could have them year round but that’s not happening here in New Hampshire. At least not outside!

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baked cod and mango salsa

a simple quick any night meal
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Fish

  • 1 1/2 pound cod fillet cut into 3-4 sized portions
  • Kosher salt and black pepper season both sides
  • paprika if you want to add a little more seasoning

Mango Salsa

  • 2 ripe mango's peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1 fresh lime squeezed
  • 1-2 fresh scallions diced
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro fresh and chopped

Instructions
 

fish

  • preheat oven to 400'F bake for 20-30 minutes just until the fish is cooked through and flaky

mango salsa

  • while the fish is in the oven, add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.

sweet potato fries

  • peel and slice up one or two sweet potatoes into wedges or fries. Add a little olive oil, salt and pepper plus some fresh chopped rosemary. place on a baking sheet and add to the oven with the fish. takes about 20 minutes or longer if you want them a little browned.
Keyword baked cod, mango salsa

 

Zucchini chocolate chip muffins

I am sitting on the porch again writing today’s blog. So far no turkey or hawk sightings but the hummingbirds are always around and always hungry. Last weeks post I mentioned there were around 6 baby turkey’s. Later that day they all showed up in my back yard and there was actually 12 of them running around. I tried to get a picture but they would not cooperate at all.
IMG_3121Guess what my garden has been over producing? Yup you are correct here we go again with the zucchini recipes.  I haven’t made anything other then grilling them with olive oil, salt and pepper but the baking is about to begin; I shared this recipe a couple of years ago. I have been seeing a blueberry zucchini bread floating around on Facebook and I may just have to check it out or some resemblance of it. If I like it stay tuned as I am sure I will share it.
IMG_3112I am not sure if I mentioned how much it has turned into animal kingdom around here since my dog passed away. I have since apologized to him; in my own way. He pretty much was an indoor / outdoor dog meaning he asked to go outside ALL the time and at night we would just run around and bark. We figured he was just crazy but I now believe there were actually things out there he was barking at. We have had several bears, tons of deer and this is the first year I have seen a bobcat around here. I am hoping to see a Moose before the end of the summer but it’s been awhile since we have had one of those in yard. I can only hope my brother-in-law Michael will be here for that. It’s on his bucket list to see a moose. Whenever he is here he is always on the lookout for one.  
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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

great way to use up some of your harvest

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or substitute 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded/drained
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Combine in a large bowl the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • In another bowl mix egg, oil, milk, lemon and vanilla.
  • Stir wet ingredients into the dry till combined. Fold in zucchini, chips and walnuts.  
  • Fill cups about ⅔ full
  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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cookie dough – chocolate chip and oatmeal

Things are starting to open up around here, though I am not in any hurry to get out there and see what’s going on. I am still a little nervous about getting covid though I am slightly thinking it is inevitable. There are too many opposing views for me to be totally on board with any of them. I am just taking it one day at a time. 
you have all the ingredients out – make it worth your effort make a couple of different kinds

There are things that I really miss which is time spent with my friends, family and going out to my favorite restaurants. Even though we do order dinner out at least once a week, my daughter and I also order lunch out on Fridays; it is not the same. I am excited for the weather to be nicer so we can be outside more and be able to have friends over – it’s so much easier to social distance outside.
I have been making this recipe so long, see that green recipe card, it has to be close to 30 years old

I have been making batches of cookie dough for the freezer. It is really nice to bake a fresh cookie or two when you want one. The last two batches were SO good that my daughter wanted me to blog about them. I know I have said this before but when I make something that good I always say I really think I could sell these or my other saying is people need to have this. I hope you will make one or both of these cookies and freeze them individually so you too can enjoy a fresh baked cookie or two.

I do tend to flatten them out a bit before freezing, I take them out while the oven is preheating so they are still frozen and it helps them take shape while in the oven. You can also help them by tapping the tray when you take them out or just lightly press on them when you take them out. 

Oatmeal about 50 cookies
bake at 350’f for 12 minutes – let sit on the tray for 2-3 minutes before placing on a cooling rack

Ingredients
2 cups unsalted butter room temperature (important)
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 cups oats

Directions
Cream together in a mixer the butter and sugars. Whip for a minute or two. Add the eggs and mix till combined. Add the vanilla. 
In a separate bowl whisk the flour, soda and cinnamon. Gradually add this to the butter mixture. 
Add the oats. If you are making the full batch, your bowl should be a little full so take your time adding so you don’t wear everything. Mix to combine and using an ice cream scoop or whatever you have on hand for the size cookie you want. place on a cookie sheet for the freezer or make some for eating now

Chocolate Chip about 40 cookies
Bake at 325’f for 12 minutes – let sit on the tray for 2-3 minutes before placing on a cooling rack

Ingredients
2 cups plus 4 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 sticks of butter room temperature (important)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
In a separate bowl whisk the flour, soda and salt and set aside.
combine the butter and sugars and beat for a minute or two. Beat in the eggs, yolks and sugars until combined. 
Add the dry ingredients and beat on low just till combined. Add the chocolate chips and Mix to combine and using an ice cream scoop or whatever you have on hand for the size cookie you want. place on a cookie sheet for the freezer or make some for eating now.

After they are frozen individually package them up all together and place back into the freezer for when you want them. 

Take care and stay safe!

Valentine Dinner Fare

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Whether you are a fan of Valentines Day or not it’s all on you! But I do hope you are on the same page as your partner. It kinda sucks if one of you is looking forward to something on this day and the other treats it like; say a Tuesday. Yes I know it’s now known as a Hallmark kind of holiday but according to Wikipedia (see below) it’s been around a lot longer than Hallmark that started back in 1910 in Kansas City, MO.

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There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).

Date Night Dine In
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Regardless of what you plan on doing it is damn near impossible to go out to dinner in our little town unless you have already made a reservation somewhere plus the crowds are crazy so we generally stay home and I make something a little more special than our typical meal. I think this year we will be having seared scallops over creamy risotto.

Pan Seared Scallops
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Over the years I have shared a few meals that I think would fit the bill for the night that you could make for your sweetheart!

Chocolate Martini

Individual Chocolate Lava Cake

 

Mocha Yule Log aka Buche de Noel

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After I made this I placed it in the fridge and didn’t tell anyone I made it. When each one went to get something out of the fridge; they each smiled and said “you made a yule log”

IMG_4891There are a few things I have wanted or at least thought about making and figured  they were beyond my reach. Not that I couldn’t make them more of I thought they were harder than I wanted to work for them; if that makes any sense.
IMG_4893IMG_4896Some recipes have a lot of ingredients listed which can look like it will take FOREVER to make the recipe; compare it to receiving a long email. You tend to zone out after the first paragraph or so and put it aside to “read” when you have time a little more time wink wink.
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While this recipe at first glance might look like it has a lot of ingredients it really is mostly hands off and didn’t take me very long at all, plus how forgiving is it since it is supposed to look like a log. I’ve tried to decorate cakes to perfection only to never get them quite right. This one turned out perfectly log like 🙂
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I know it tastes great since I got to eat the ends that I cut off to clean it up!

Mocha Yule Log aka Buche e Noel

Donna Clark - Cooking at Clark Towers

Ingredients
  

  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • Filling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • Frosting
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee cooled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoon milk

Instructions
 

  • place egg whites in a small bowl and yolks in a large mixing bowl. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350'F. Line bottom of a greased 15"x10"x1" pan with parchment; grease parchment. sift flour, cocoa and salt together twice. Beat the egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/2 cup of the sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored about 3-4 minutes. Fold in the flour mixture.
  • Add cream of tarter to the egg whites and with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beating on high after each addition until the sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth on the whites into the batter then fold in remaining whites. transfer to prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  • Bake until the top springs back when lightly touched, about 12-15 minutes. be careful to not overbake. Cool for 5 minutes. invert onto a clean tea towel dusted with cocoa. Gently peel off the parchment paper. Roll up the cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with the short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Filling; in a bowl, dissolve coffee granules in the cream. beat until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Unroll cake and spread the filling over the cake to within 1/2 inch of all the edges. Roll up again, without the towel, trim the ends. Transfer to a platter, seam side down, refrigerate, covered until cold.
  • Frosting: beat all the ingredients until smooth. spread over the cake. Using a fork, make lines in the frosting to resemble tree bark. Refrigerate until serving.

Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home test kitchen
This blog won’t feel complete unless I share what I found about the history of the Buche de Noel. The tradition dates back to medieval times, one of many pagan rites competing with Christmas traditions. A log of wood—often from a fruit tree to ensure a successful harvest in the year to come—would be brought home and placed in the hearth, which at the time functioned as the epicenter of every family’s activity. Depending on the region and its various beliefs, salt, wine, or holy water—among other ingredients—were sprinkled atop the log before lighting it on fire. Sprinkling wine, for example, was yet another way to guarantee the following year’s grape harvest would be bountiful.

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Slicing it at an angle and placing the flat part against the roll makes it look like a branch

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using a fork you can make lines through the frosting to make it look rustic and more like a log

 

Once lit on Christmas Eve, the log had to burn for at least three days for good luck—ideally until the New Year. That was just the start: ash from the log provided protection against lightning strikes, and coals were used throughout the year in various medicinal potions. It is believed that it turned into a cake looking like a log around the 20th century.
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Puff Pastry Apple Hand Pies


Hand pies, dumplings, turnovers, empanadas, spring rolls and egg rolls pretty much anything that you can pick up with one hand that has either sweet or savory ingredients inside; I am a fan!
Out of everything I listed in my opening statement I have made them all but two of them. One of the two has been on my list to try to make but I haven’t gotten around to it; the other I think it is just easier to go to a bakery and buy them. I want to learn how to make empanadas and turnovers I am content with someone else doing it. At least for now!
Quick story from my childhood. My mother owned a cleaning company when I was a kid and I would go with her to a couple of offices at night; one was next to a Mom and Pop store/deli. The Mom of the store was a very sweet lady and she knew my favorite was Hostess apple pie and an orange crush. As you can tell I was a health nut way back then too. She would try to save me these items, or at least that was what she said when I came in that week. Now as an adult I very rarely drink soda but orange crush is still on the list, I honestly cannot remember the last time I had a hostess apple pie. I think I had one as an adult but it was many many years ago.
I do prefer to eat homemade or restaurant made items versus processed; but if I was on a desert island and all they had was hostess and crush – I would be pretty OK!
I’ve mentioned many times using up items I have on hand and last week I had some apples on the counter that no one seemed to be grabbing and frozen puff pastry sheets in the freezer that had been in there awhile. Apple hand pies sounded perfect to me; and they were! 

puff pastry apple hand pies

Donna Clark - Cooking at Clark Towers
easy to make and eat

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 crisp apples or whatever you have on hand; cored and cut into ¾” dice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbs all purpose flour
  • 1 package 17.3 ounces/2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbs water for egg wash
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar in the Raw

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the apples have softened and released their juices.
  • combine the lemon juice and flour in a small bowl and stir to the dissolve the flour.
  • Remove the apples from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and flour mixture. Pour the apple mixture into a medium bowl and set aside to cool while you prepare the pastry. Make sure you allow them to cool, I did not and it made a mess.
  • Unfold one sheet of puff pastry on a floured cutting board. Roll the sheet into a 12-inch square with a rolling pin. With a sharp paring knife, cut six 5-inch circles from the pastry, using a dish or a bowl as a guide and discarding the scraps. Place ¼ cup or less of the filling on one side of each circle, leaving a border around the edge of each circle. Brush the edges of the circles with the egg wash and fold over, making half circles. Crimp the edges together with the tines of a fork. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry. Place pies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and chill for 15 minutes. Brush with the egg wash, sprinkle with the sugar in the raw, and make 3 small slits in each pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or at room temperature.

Notes

Make sure your apples are cooled. Some of the filling may come out while preparing and/or baking it's fine.
Adapted from ina garten

Coffee Creme Cake

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How many kitchen items do you have that doesn’t exactly get a lot of use but you just can’t or won’t part with?  I am scared to even count and the thought hasn’t even really crossed my mind. Well it might have crossed it but it was dismissed almost immediately.

IMG_4264I am sitting here trying to remember why I even bought my bundt pan. I believe it was right around the time the kids were born so close to 30 years ago; damn I’m old. I mean damn that pan is old. I also believe I bought it after someone brought into work a sour cream coffee cake that I still have the same recipe for; though I haven’t made it for quite some time. Maybe that oldie but goodie needs to make a re-appearance.
IMG_4266Anyway, I saw this recipe on the cover of one of my favorite magazines Fine Cooking and I knew immediately I would be breaking out my old bundt pan and giving it a try. While I definitely should have adjusted the cooking time for my dark bundt pan; I left it in the oven probably 3-5 minutes too long and was too dry for us. Though I will be making this again. It has great flavor and it looks awesome. The only ingredient I have never been able to find is Instant espresso powder. I have needed it before for other desserts and I should just order it online; but I still haven’t. I substituted it for some dark roast instant coffee I found and it worked out just fine
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Coffee Creme Bundt Cake

Donna Clark - Cooking at Clark Towers
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter room temperature, plus a little more for the pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus a little more for the pan
  • 2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoon instant espresso powder or dark roast
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream room temperature
  • Glaze
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder or dark roast
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped

Instructions
 

  • preheat the oven to 350' F. butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cardamom, baking powder, salt and soda.
  • in a large mixing bowl, combine the coffee and vanilla. Add the sugars and butter and beat with an electric mixer on medium until fluffy. about 4 minutes. beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.
  • reduce speed to low and alternate adding the flour mixture and the sour cream. Ending with the flour and mix just till combined.
  • Add the batter to the pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake until the cake is puffed up and test with a skewer in the center, remove it from the oven when the skewer comes out clean. 45-55 minutes. Check it at 40 minutes if using a dark pan.
  • Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then flip the cake onto the rack to cool completely.

Prepare the Glaze

  • in a small saucepan, heat the condensed milk, butter, egg yolk, salt and coffee over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. about 4 minutes. drizzle while warm over the cooled cake. top with chopped walnuts.
  • serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Adapted from Fine Cooking - Samantha Seneviratne

lemon zucchini blueberry tea cake

My initial intent was to post about the asparagus that I cut from the garden Friday after work I had pork chops out and a plan. But it was so nice out and we haven’t been able to use the patio or the porch yet this year; it has been too cold and too rainy. Friday afternoon was beautiful out so instead of cooking we made a plate of cheese and crackers and had our first Happy Hour out on the porch. I will admit our Happy “Hour” usually turns into Happy till the sun goes down or the bugs force inside.

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Since my asparagus is still in the fridge and we are going out to dinner with some friends tonight (Saturday) I still won’t have time to cook the dinner I planned on making last night. Welcome to nice weather and the changing of plans. Happens to me all the time!
My daughter and I got the porch, patio and the flower garden ready this morning plus did some raking and got my in-laws patio ready for them and I made my shopping list but it is way to nice out to go to the store, so that will have to wait for another day. I am currently sitting out on the patio writing this while my husband is lounging over there reading. Life is good!!!

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If you have never had lemon and blueberries in a muffin, tart or cake or something you really need to try some sort of baked good using both of them, they are like the perfect compliment a little sweet, a little tart. the flavors are terrific together though I am very partial to lemons so maybe I am a little biased but they are worth checking out.

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This is my first one using their suggested amount of blueberries – we all felt every bite benefited from having a blueberry with it.

Lemon Zucchini Tea Cake preheat oven to 350 degrees

¾ cup applesauce – or if you want coconut oil
1 ¾ cups shredded zucchini – drained
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
3 eggs
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Handful of fresh blueberries

In a stand mixer or use your hand mixer; combine the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light in color 1-2 minutes. Add the applesauce, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla beat until well combined another 1-2 minutes. Add the zucchini, beat till combined; another minute. Sift the flour, soda, powder and salt. Add this mixture to create the batter and beat till combined; do not over mix.

Grease or spray your pan and add the batter, place in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Bake until your wooden toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool, loosen the edges and invert the cake onto a wire rack to completely cool. Once cool, spread cream cheese frosting and top with some blueberries

I used 2-8” cake pans but could be made in one larger cake pan; it doesn’t rise like you would think as it is a denser kind of cake.

Cream cheese frosting
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 16-ounce bag of powdered sugar (roughly 4 cups – I buy mine in bulk)

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