Saturday, February 18, 2017

Coffee Cake


Hello,
What's your favorite treat to have with coffee, tea or cocoa? I love a light pastry or a small piece of spice cake or coffee cake, especially if I've had a light breakfast and I've been busy all day. Just to stop and have a slice of something gets me smiling and ready to tackle the challenges of the day.
I love the convenience of  box pancake mix, especially Bisquick, because I grew up on it when my mother made pancakes for us. Except for my 14th birthday she made my grandmother's recipe for blueberry pancakes.

I was in heaven. She rarely made homemade anything at that time, because she went to school at night and worked two jobs. I had been trying to duplicate those light fluffy pancakes, filled with slightly sweetened blueberries. Alas with no success.

Fast forward twenty years...or more. All my attempts at finding the right recipe for pancakes has left a dry taste in everyone's mouth. So I stepped back from making homemade and went back to the box.

Until the summer my 2nd daughter decided to use the recipe for Coffee cake and dilute it to pancake consistency. The line of thinking was that if pancakes were cakes then why not try and use a cake recipe. Cut back on the sugar about 1/2 or it will stick, unless you deep fry it and then you almost have a fritter!

Moving around as much as we have in the past 15 yr., well that Coffee Cake recipe is long gone.

Now Maybe I have a fondness for Coffee Cakes, since I love cinnamon crumble on top or maybe it's the memories of times gone by with my mom and my children. As Stevie Nicks says in her song "Landslide" Children get older and I'm getting older too. It's a wonderful process.
Below is a recipe I found in and old Women's Circle...not many recipe's call for scalded milk. I also love that it uses a yeast just like a bread dough, which I believe a good Coffee Cake recipe usually has.  On top of all that I believe it's pretty simple to make. So as winter leaves and spring arrives, maybe you'll soak in the last few days of reflection with a cup of coffee and coffee cake.

Coffee Cake
Ingredients
1 1/2 c. scalded Milk
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. milk
1 1/4 tsp. or pack of yeast
1 egg
4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. coursely chopped almonds or walnuts
1/2 c. seedless raisins
Butter 
Cinnamon and Sugar mix

Method;

  1. Place the yeast in 1/4 c. milk.
  2. Scald the 1 1/2 c. milk and put in the 1/3 c. sugar and 1/3 c. butter. When it's luke warm, add the yeast/milk mixture.
  3. Add the egg. Transfer and Mix well in a mixing bowl
  4. Sift flour and salt then mix with the milk for 4-5 min.
  5. Fold in the almonds and raisins. Set in a warm place to rise until very light.
  6. Turn into a greased, shallow pan and let rise a second time. Brush lightly with butter and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 min. 


I hope you get to make this treat for you and your family until then tootles and Happy Spring

Monday, December 12, 2016

12 days of Christmas


I love the Twelfth Day of Christmas Song,I must have been looking for the words last year when I found a blogger who asked other bloggers to make Cookies for each day of the song. Anyone who was brought up celebrating Christmas and played a part in Christmas pageants knows the tune to this song, but the words? Each bloggers vision for the cookies to correspond to this song, captured the spirit of giving. I thought it was deserving of an Anchor!

You must drop by, it will inspire you with your own cookie decorating this year.
http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2013/12/twelve-days-of-christmas-cookie-project/

If you want a festive little cookie and you're oven is on the fritz or something crazy like that! Here is a cookie that you make on the stove. The dairy is easily replaceable with coconut or other non-dairy milks. The red cherries and nuts make it a very festive cookie that's easy to whip up in a few min. If you have an allergy to nuts try crispy wheat or rice puff.  I hope you get to try it.

Saucepan Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 c. undiluted evaporated milk
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sliced, candied cherries or dried cherries
1/2 c. chopped walnuts.

Directions
    In a large saucepan combine milk, sugar, margarine, cocoa, and salt. Cook stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until soft ball forms when tested in a glass of ice cold water. Remove from heat and stir in oats, coconut, vanilla, candied cherries and chopped walnuts. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto silpat or waxpaper and allow to cool.
This recipe was submitted by Pearle Goodwin, VT to the Women's Circle in 1985 :)

12 Days Of Christmas Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eggnog Cake and Frosting

Hello,
  I have stumbled upon some fascinating things in the past few months. First an Eggnog Cake and Second an old word that stirs up memories of sweet times gone by.
Today I'm going to share an Easy Eggnog Cake and frosting Picked as one of the favorite cakes by Ann Pillsbury.
I discovered the word Entremets it means between dishes .... Centuries ago people used to have sweets or vegetable refreshments between dishes or entre's. They'd also have festive entertainments like dancers, music, jesters or other performers. When I learned this word's meaning it took my mind back to when our children were very young. We'd plan  to put on skits in the living room or sing carols and recite poetry. Often times they'd make decorated invitations, just to make the event official:). These are memories I cherish. Memories, that keep in mind that even when life isn't perfectly the way we expected it to turn out(who's life is?) Still there is always something to be grateful for. I hope you make this cake it is so yummy and moist.


"Easy Eggnog Cake"

Tools
10 in. Tube/Bunt pan
mixing bowl,
Whisk
 or Mixer
Spatulas

Ingredients
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 small box of vanilla pudding(eggnog if you can find it)
1 c. of eggnog
4 eggs
1 chopped pecans
a few whole pecans and candied cherries, for decoration (optional)

Instructions
Blend all ingredients except the pecans in a mixing bowl. Beat with mixture at medium speed for 5 min. Brush pan with oil and sprinkle pecans in the bottom. Pour in the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 60 min(depending on your oven.) Check for doneness by inserting a skewer.
Invert the cake for 30 min and remove from the pan and Frost with Eggnog Frosting below.

Eggnog Frosting

1/4 c. eggnog
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 c. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Instructions
Heat the eggnog and butter, then beat in the confectioners sugar and vanilla. Beat until it is a smooth and spreadable consistency, that you desire. Decorate the Easy Eggnog Cake and place pecan and cherries or other candied fruit.