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Monday, August 24, 2015

Blueberry cake with glaze and crumb topping

 One  Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago I spent the day baking.  My job this time of year is very intense and a bit overwhelming at times.  There is a company that we use that does all the painting and Sheetrock work and they are the best people you would want to work with.  The owner is an awesome man that would do anything for you.  His head painter is also a terrific guy, who goes out of his way to make sure things are done right.  The sheet rock guy is just an all around sweet guy, always covered in sheet rock dust.  LOL  These group of guys make my job so much easier so for that I say thank you, thank you, thank you.  I decided this year to make them some treats.  Last week I made Ryan *(the head painter) some banana bread.  Funny one day he came in and said ya know I love banana bread, but carrot cake is my favorite.  Had nothing to do with the conversation we were having.  Think that was my hint!  So this Sunday I made Ryan his carrot cake, which will be on another post.  I made Rick, the dry wall guy brownies *that's what his boss said he would like*.  And for Darrin the boss I made this cake.
For me baking and cooking is a sign of love and it also calms me.  I think I am going to make them some homemade white bread too,  as just ad added bonus.  I have a thought in mind for that and will share in another post.
I adapted this recipe from here
cake without the icing
For the cake
1 cup (or 2 sticks) unsalted real butter, softened to room temp.
2 cups sugar
3 large Eggland's Best eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp. lemon extract*
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour*
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 pound fresh blueberries

For the crumble topping:
2 tbsp. real butter, slightly softened
2 tbsp. brown sugar
3 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. oats (quick-cooking is fine)

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 tbsp. milk

and the cake in the background with the icing.  sorry forgot to take the picture by itself.

Preheat your oven to 325F degrees.

Spray your bundt pan with nonstick baking spray (the kind with flour added.)

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  It should look nice and fluffy when combined.
Then beat in eggs, vanilla extract and lemon extract into the sugar/butter mixture.
Next, in a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together with a fork until combined.  
At this point, you are going to alternately add in the flour mixture and buttermilk. Add a little flour,
 then a little buttermilk, a little more flour and a little more buttermilk...until it's all incorporated. Don't overmix it. You want to stir just until it's all come together.

Gently stir in HALF of the blueberries. Be very careful when stirring so you don't bust open all the berries. Just gently fold them in.
Add batter to pan and top with remaining blueberries.

Bake for about 65-75 minutes. Oven times do often vary for baked goods. So be sure to test for doneness by using a toothpick. It should come out clean when you insert it into the cake. Cake should be golden brown and shouldn't be jiggly. Don't turn off oven after you take out cake. And don't even think about releasing the cake yet. It has to cool COMPLETELY. This could take an hour and a half or more.

While the cake is cooling, make crumble topping. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl using a fork or your fingers. Mix until crumbly.

Then spread mixture into a small baking pan and bake in 325F degree oven for about 8 minutes. Then take it out of oven and allow it to cool completely. 

Once cake has been allowed to cool completely, you can release the cake from the bundt pan. This is the key to getting the cake to come out clean. The pan needs to be totally cooled, then it should release easily.  
Make the glaze, whisk until smooth then  drizzle over the cake *if too thick just add a bit more milk*.  Gently sprinkle the crumb topping on cake.  Serve..YUM!

thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Scratch Brownies

adapted from here
These are the brownies I made that Sunday for the drywall guy Rick.  I decided that I should make the recipe from scratch so went searching and came up with the one.  I made some changes and hope he likes them.  Won't be able to try them cause then I'd have to have one missing from the pan.  :)
Well I was told these were "ridicilous" and I'm guessing that's a good thing.  :)....and I've already been asked to make more.



1/2 cup (115g) salted butter1
8 ounces (228g) coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50g) packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (80g) all-purpose flour (measure this accurately)
2 Tablespoons (11g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans and then 12 or so 1/2 pecans for top

Milk Chocolate Frosting (optional)

1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup (22g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
salt, to taste


  1. Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Or melt in a medium microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring after each, in the microwave. Remove from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9 inch square baking pan3 with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the granulated and brown sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35-36 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with only a few moist crumbs when the brownies are done. All ovens are different, so keep an eye on them after 30 minutes and use the toothpick test to see when yours are finished.
  5. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. For neat squares, I use a very sharp knife and wipe it clean with a paper towel after each cut.
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.

Monday, August 10, 2015

carrot peach bread

At work we have what's called Turn which was the end of July 1st week of August.  I haven't made many things for work lately but thought that since there are a couple of new people helping us this year it might be nice for them to have a pick up treat.  They work really hard and fast during this time, which consist of about 4 hard days.  I wanted to make some sort of quick bread but also wanted something with carrot.  I found this recipe and adapted it a bit.  I am going to make a banana bread next for the head painter, have to keep him happy.  :)

3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups canned peaches, drained (can use fresh)
3/4 cup freshly grated carrots
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup greek yogurt (or milk)
2 large eggs, lightly beatenDirections:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool 15 minutes.
  • Stir together flour, sugars, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl; add peaches, carrots, vegetable oil, milk, eggs, and toasted pecans, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into a lightly greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350° for ~1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely
Hope you try this, it sure is yummy.  Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always remember to Find the time To DO ALL the things YOU L♥ve.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Poppy Seed Almond Cookies

My Monday work treat.  These were a big hit with my boss he even had his wife ask me for the recipe.  They are very tasty and would be great as an added treat for a Bunch...but really a great cookie for any time.  I will be adding them to my Holiday Cookie List.

adapted from here

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut oil
1½ cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
2¼ cups flour
sliced almonds to garnish

Almond Glaze
1½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 Tablespoon milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
Add egg and beat in well.
Add almond extract, vanilla, and Poppy Seeds and mix until well blended.
Add salt, baking powder and flour and mix until well incorporated.
Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Space cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart from each other.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges of cookies.
Combine glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth glaze is formed. Drizzle as much as desired over slightly warmed cookies and ganish with almonds.
Let finish cooling completely before eating

 Have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do All the Things You L♥ve.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

My weekly treat for work.  I had been wanting to make something with pineapple since our local grocer has had them on sale.  Can't beat it when you can get a fresh pineapple for a buck.  I was originally going to make a pineapple banana bread when I stumbled upon this recipe.  I must say it sure is good and oh so quick to put together and best of all is you only use 1 bowl.


Hummingbird Bundt Cake


1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed & softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 to 2 TBL. milk

Prepare Cake Batter:  Preheat oven to 350*.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan.  Spoon batter over pecans.
Bake at 350* for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
Prepare Glaze:  Process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 TBL milk in a food processor until well blended.  Add remaining 1 TBL. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, processing until smooth.  Immediately pour glaze over cooled cake, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup toasted pecans.
Sure hope you try this cake, you won't be sorry.  Another great recipe to add to my list.
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to do ALL the things you L♥ve.

Monday, July 13, 2015

another blueberry lemon scone


Mondays Treat  ....not much to say other than YUM!



adapted from here

Lemon Blueberry Scones

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold butter
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup fresh blueberries
milk for brushing tops


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of lemon zest

Preheat oven to 400°
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into dry ingredients till crumbly. Stir in milk, lemon juice and lemon zest until moistened. Fold in fresh blueberries. Pat into circle about one inch thick on lightly floured counter. Cut into 8 wedges. Place one-two inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with milk. Bake for about 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and drizzle with glaze.
For glaze- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. You may need more or less lemon juice to get the consistency you need.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day and Always Remember to Find the Time to DO ALL the thing YOU L♥ve

Monday, July 6, 2015

Apple Crisp coffee Cake

 This is the cake I made for our Monday meeting.  The second one was divided up between, myself, family and my sister in law.  Had a little more to take to work.
Here is a picture of it before I put the icing on.  Yummy either way.

 adapted from here

 Now with icing

makes 2 8" cakes
    2 - 2 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    1/4 cup sugar
    2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) Quick Rise or Platinum Yeast
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    3/4 cup milk
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut in to pieces
    2 large eggs, room temperature
    4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, diced
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 tablespoon milk

    Apple Filling
    4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, diced
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Streusel Topping
    1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoons butter, melted

    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 tablespoon milk

    ****I skipped one of the steps by mistake and didn't do the first rise and it still came out really good***  I just made the dough, rolled it out and put topping on and let rise then baked****

    and a slice


    In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and cinnamon.

    In a microwave safe dish, heat milk and butter until warm (120° – 130°F). Add heated milk and butter to flour mixture. Mix in eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.

    Switch to the dough hook and mix in the remaining flour a little at a time, to make a soft dough, adding more or less flour as needed. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rest until doubled, about an hour.

    While the dough is rising, prepare the apple filling:

     combine apples, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a sauté pan. Add the apple mixture and sauté over medium heat until apples are tender and juices are thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before using.

    Prepare streusel topping:
    In a large bowl combine brown sugar, flour, oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Add melted butter and mix with a fork or your hands until mixture forms large clumbs.
    Coat a 8” springform pan with non-stick cooking spray, or cut 2 pieces of parchment to fit 2 8-inch round cake pans. Sprays pans, line with parchment, and spray parchment.

    Divide dough in half and keep remaining half covered with plastic wrap.
    Divide the dough again in to two pieces – a smaller piece 1/3 of the dough and a larger piece 2/3 of the dough. Shape the larger piece into a ball, then on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough in to a 9-inch round. Put the round in to the bottom of the springform pan. If necessary, use your fingers to press the dough to fit the pan.
    Divide the smaller piece in to four pieces. Use your hands to roll each piece in to a 16-inch long rope. Twist two ropes together and place it on top of the dough in the pan, along the outside to create an decorative border. Repeat with the remaining two ropes and join the twists together in the pan. Cover.
    Repeat with remaining half of the dough.
    Place half of the apple filling in the middle of each coffee cake and spread to the border. Top the apple filling with streusel topping.
    Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
    Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover coffee cakes. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Carefully remove from pan; place on serving plate.
    Icing: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over warm coffee cakes.

    This is very yummy and would be wonderful for breakfast.  May add this to my list for holiday baking.
    Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and remember to find the time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.
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