Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Today is a rare day…

I’m home.
I’m alone.
I had time to bake a cake.




I’ve had this recipe for many, many years…


(It says Washington Apple Cake, but you can use any kind of tart apples)

I just love the smell of apples & cinnamon through the house
when this cake is in the oven.



Apples and cinnamon… yum





Simple ingredients:





Core, peel, and slice the apples.




I can’t help but love how these apples look.
(I guess I’m always looking through the lens of a camera) . . .





Place the sliced apples on bottom of pan.  You don’t have to make them all lay
a certain way because you won’t be flipping this cake over (like you do with
Pineapple Upside Down cake).





Mix the eggs with the sugar & oil, then add the dry ingredients and mix well.




Spread this mixture (it will be thick) over the apple slices:


Put in oven at 350 for around 50 min or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


The moist bottom with apples and cinnamon-y goodness is another one
of those best parts of this cake.


But the top crust is still my favorite part!


Have some.
With Whip Cream.
Or better yet…
With a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.







Here’s the recipe:

A P P L E   C A K E


3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon (less if you don’t like cinnamon)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I did NOT put in nuts since I don’t eat them – they are a migraine trigger)
4 cup thinly sliced tart apples

Beat eggs with a mixer until thick and light.
Combine sugar and oil;  pour into eggs with mixer on medium.
Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt;  add to egg mixture with vanilla.
Beat to mix.
If adding nuts, stir them in now.

Spread apples in buttered 13×9 pan.
Pour batter over apples, spreading to cover.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 min. (time will vary depending on your oven).

OPTIONAL:  You can spread or drizzle this icing over the Apple Cake:
Cream Cheese Frosting:
Soften 2 cream cheese squares (3 oz each).  Beat until fluffy.
Beat in 1/4 cup melted butter.
Beat in 2 cup of 10x sugar and 1 tsp lemon juice.






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Corn Casserole

This is a good, old-fashioned recipe…

My family loves it, and I wanted to share it with you.

If you don’t already have a good corn casserole recipe, try this one… You won’t be disappointed.




Here are the simple ingredients.

You can add a small can of jalapenos or green chilies if you want some heat in it.
Some recipes also call for grated cheddar cheese (I tried it, but even though I love cheese, I prefer this recipe).





1 c sour cream
1   14 oz can corn, drained
1   14 oz can creamed corn
1/2 c  butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix first 7 ingredients.
Pour into buttered 9″ square pan
(I use a slightly larger rectangle ceramic country dish)
Bake 1 hour.
Serve with heated maple syrup, if desired.
Enjoy!  🙂

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Cuban Pastries

Whenever I visit my Dad, I look forward to eating specialties that are  found only in the area where he lives.  When he took me to the bakery all I had with me was my cell phone, but I still had to take some photos…


I’m not sure what these are called, but they are filled with creme, the outside is made with phyllo dough, and it has a crispy thin crust of the most delicious thing you can imagine!



This is flan, which you have probably had in the past… but not like this!



These are filled with guava and made from millions many layers of phyllo dough.
When you bite into them, it is so good that you begin to smile almost immediately.



These are my favorite!!!
They are filled with a meat mixture that is so delicious!
When you take a bite, a symphony begins to play in your mouth
of sweet phyllo dough,
with salty filling,
all nice and warm.


Have I made you hungry?!

Happy eating! 🙂

Have a terrific weekend!


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Banana Bread

This is my favorite Banana Bread recipe…

This recipe is easy but delicious! My favorite part is the top crust.
Instead of a loaf pan, I use a baking pan…that way there’s more of that nice crust to enjoy.  It looks more like a cake but tastes like banana bread.

Banana Bread Recipe:
1 1/2 cup of mashed bananas
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (I use only a pinch)
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease pan.  Mix bananas, sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl with wooden spoon.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Pour into pan.
Secret to top crust:  Sprinkle top with sugar.  The more you sprinkle, the crispier and thicker it will be. (Just don’t overdo it)  🙂
Bake until wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean…
If baking in a cake pan: 45-50 min.
If baking in loaf pan: 50-60 min.
Let cool 5-10 min.
Enjoy!  Feel free to serve with whip cream.

Happy Baking,


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Today, I made cinnamon rolls…

The whole house smelled so good!  There’s nothing like the smell of bread or rolls baking.


Are you hungry yet??


I made enough to share with my neighbors across the street.
They were very appreciative. 🙂


I topped them off with cream cheese frosting.  It’s so much better than the
plain sugar icing.  These rolls go really good with coffee. 🙂

Go ahead and have one.  You can start your diet tomorrow.
Like I am.

Happy eating,




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Last week, for our anniversary, my husband took me to Cheesecake Factory.  If you have never been to this restaurant, you should definitely make plans to go. They have great food, but of course their specialty is cheesecake.  They offer more than 30 flavors of cheesecake.  Yes, 30!

eeny meeny miny moe

As you walk into this beautiful place… right there on display, are just some of their fabulous cheesecakes.  As you wait for your table you can see and decide which one you will have for dessert.  (Notice I didn’t say “if” you have one, but which one you will have)

Oh my.

Decisions, decisions…


I don’t know if I can do this… choose just one??

This is torture.

Triple  Cho-co-late?  Uh, oh.

My husband, who’s better at making decisions than I am, chose the “white chocolate caramel macadamia nut cheesecake.”  The menu describes it like this: White Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Swirled with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel on a Blond Brownie Crust. ”  Because we had a full meal (which was also delicious!) we thought it best to share one slice of cheesecake.  We knew it would be substantial.  And it was.

All I can say is… Mmmmmmmm.

Oh and yes, my husband also got me flowers.  Beautiful.  
What a special day!  Roses, cheesecake, and a handsome date… Wow!

On the serious side…
I am so blessed to have married my best friend.  I thank the Lord for him everyday!

Happily married, 🙂

P.S. If you have a recipe for any of these cheesecakes, please let me know! 🙂

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