Thursday, October 13, 2011

~ APPLE SAUCE CAKE ~

 ~ APPLE SAUCE CAKE ~

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Powdered sugar, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the butter. Add the brown sugar and continue mixing. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla, then mix until well blended and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the applesauce. Fold in the raisins and walnuts. Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf or tube pan and bake until firm to the touch, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan, then turn it out, and dust with powdered sugar.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pumpin Muffins, an Autum Treat

Walt had a noon meeting with our accountant. He wanted to bring a light snack. I whipped up a batch of muffins but they were gone before I took a picture. I used a pint jar of my home canned pumpkin chunks... sweet potato can be substituted.

Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffins Muffins (12 muffins)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 smigeon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.
Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.
Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.