It fits perfectly and is super cute. I also had some pinch-style potholders made at the same time.
Hmmm maybe this will inspire more baking….
When I was little, my aunt used to make this sponge cake for parties. It’s light, fluffy and not too sweet, I loved it so much I’d rather have her bake this cake than a store-bought birthday cake. After attempting to make this a couple of times, I realize it’ll take some practice because it doesn’t taste like my aunt’s. Her’s comes out with a moist top crust where mine is dry and….hmmm looks like I’m gonna need more than a recipe to get this right.
The recipe and directions are straight forward, but I`m sure there`s a trick to the mixing and the baking time.
In case you’d like to give it a whirl, here’s the recipe.
1 1/4 cup sifted cake/pastry flour
8 large eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1) Sift flour, preheat oven to 375F
2) Separate the eggs into whites and yolks
3) Mix yolks, oil, milk, sugar and vanilla for 20 minutes on high
4) Add flour into the yolk mixture (Step 3) a little at a time to avoid lumps with a wooden spoon, then set aside
5) Beat egg whites with cream of tartar for 5-7 minutes, or until stiff peaks form
6) Gently fold egg whites into flour/yolk mixture (Step 4) while making sure to blend together well with wooden spoon
7) Pour final mixture into flute pan and bake for approx. 45- 60 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean
*Do not place another pan under the flute pan (nothing should spill out) otherwise the bottom won`t bake
8) Cool cake upside-down (if your pan doesn`t have legs, turn the cake upside down and insert the centre of the pan into the neck of an upright bottle)
I’ve decided that I need to use my mixer at least 300 times to get my $300 out of it, which means more baking. Baking isn’t exactly my strongest area but I’m going to try anyways (no laughing, ok??). Growing up the oven was never used, it was just a place to store extra pots and pans. So now that I have a place of my own (and a husband who let’s me play in the kitchen), I’m gonna put some mileage on the oven!
1 cup milk
250 g (1 block) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, softened
6 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1/4 cup sifted cake flour
4 tbsp corn starch
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup icing sugar
Yields two 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ loaf pans or three 5 3/4″ x 3 1/2″
You can see why it’s important to put the pans into water because if you don’t, your cake will pouf up and the top will split like regular bread during baking but will deflate like a bad soufflé. I was curious so here’s one I didn’t put into water.
Here’s a look at their “insides”….no bad, but doesn’t taste better than store bought…oh well, try try again….
To make use of my new mixer I decided to whip up an apple pie to go with our holiday feast.
If you don’t want to do the crust yourself, don’t have a mixer/the energy, etc., I’m told that Pillsbury makes an excellent flaky pie crust all ready to go, in that case, you can just skip to the filling part.
I peeled 6 apples but ended up only using 5 because it was looking pretty packed, in hindsight, I could’ve arranged the slices better to fit the 6th one because the pie didn’t come out a thick as I would’ve liked.
When pouring in the filling, I tried to put more apples in the middle of the plate in a bit of a dome-shape if the crust deflated a bit after baking.
Like many of my favourite recipes, the filling is something you can adjust to suit your own personal tastes, do a taste test or two, just remember to save some apples for the pie!
CRUST (2 Crust)
2¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup shortening, well-chilled
2 tablespoons butter, well-chilled
5 – 6 tablespoons cold water
1) In a large bowl, mix salt and flour together (flat beater on low – 15 seconds)
2) Cut shortening into pieces and mix until shortening looks like small peas (30 – 45 seconds)
3) Add in water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough moistens & forms
4) Divide dough into halves, roll into separate balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes
**during this time, you can mix the filling**
5) Roll 1 ball between 2 pieces of wax paper out to 1/8” thickness, gently fold into quarters and carefully open into a 9” pie pan, pressing into the sides and bottom (see #4 below)
6) Repeat for 2nd ball of dough, for top crust
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar (packed if you like it sweeter)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 – 7 medium-sized apples (Peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
1) Preheat oven to 400F.
2) Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl, mix well.
3) Stir in apples, taste a slice to see how you like the sweetness – adjust accordingly (lemon juice can help a bit if you want more tartness)
4) Roll out pie crust and press into pan, if not done so already
5) Pour mixture into crust and dot with butter
6) Roll out top crust over everything, pressing edges together, making sure there’s a seal. Cut off excess crust
7) Crimp edges (I use a fork) and cut slits for ventilation
8 ) Sprinkle some extra cinnamon and sugar over if desired
9) Bake for 15-20 minutes, take out and cover edges with foil, then bake for an additional 35-40 minutes
“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”
My coworker made this for us a few months ago and I loved it so much I just had to have the recipe. The taste and texture is pretty similar to a cheesecake where it’s filling is cream cheese and there is a crust. However, the crust is done with walnuts instead of graham crackers (unless you prefer graham crackers, of course).
This is my first time trying this out and it didn’t take as long to put together as I thought. I’m quite pleased with the results. I used a glass casserole dish and not a metal cake pan because my coworker says after she experimented the crust came out nicer this way. Here it is before baking.
If you’re into cheesecake, give this a try, you don’t need a spring-form pan and it doesn’t take long. Best to leave cheese and butter out overnight to soften because mid-way through making one batch, I decided to make two, and since the cream cheese wasn’t soft enough it turned out kind of lumpy. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try!
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, macadamia nuts or if you want graham crackers
1 package (8 oz. / 250 mL) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can (15 1/4 oz. / 500 mL) pear halves, drained
Sprinkle on top:
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions – Crust
1) Preheat oven to 350F
2) In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together
3) Beat in the flour and vanilla until combined. Stir in the nuts.
4) Press into a greased 8″x8″ baking pan (I used a glass one that was slightly longer)
5) Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until lightly browned. (Don’t bake for too long because it has to go back into the oven again with the filling
6) Cool on a wire rack and increase heat to 375F
Store in the fridge. Yields approx. 16 bars
I’ve always wanted a Kitchenaid stand mixer, and finally got one on sale. I couldn’t wait try it out so I decided to turn the bananas we forgot about into banana bread (what perfect timing!). If you have bananas that are too ripe, but no time to bake, put them in the freezer and just thaw when you’re ready to use. It’ll be super easy to mash too, however I find you get more “banana flavour” if you use fresh ones.
For this batch I put in almonds and cranberries (about 1/2 cup each) into the mixer then pressed some on top of the loaf before baking.
You can definitely do all this without a mixer, I’ve made this the good old-fashioned way by hand, it just took a bit of arm strength but came out just as good.
2 – 3 Very Ripe Bananas – Mashed
1 3/4 Cup Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional – or other nuts you like)
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Buttermilk (or alternative as mentioned)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Sugar
1) Preheat oven to 325F (160/170C)
2) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
(about 50 strokes, mix well, but don’t over-do it)
3) Pour into greased loaf pans (9″ x 5″) I used 3 small (5 3/4″ x 3 1/2″) ones or 4 muffin tins
4) Bake until top is golden, splits slightly and a toothpick comes out clean
Approx. 1 hour 10 minutes for large loaf pan, 55 minutes for my 3 small ones and 44 for muffin tins — BUT it really depends on your oven so set a timer and watch them near the end otherwise they’ll dry out.