Apple Streusel Bundt Cake

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I found this recipe on the back of the Zulka brown sugar bag.  The cake looked great on the package, I happened to have apples in the refrigerator, and I wanted to try something new.

The instructions on how to make the cake on the bag make no sense, therefore, I changed it to the traditional method of creaming the butter and then creaming the butter and sugar together.  Okay, so you don’t know what creaming is?  It’s very simple.  Put room temperature butter into a large bowl, and then beat it with an electric beater until it is nice and smooth.  If you don’t have room temperature butter, you can cut the butter up into small pieces and then cream it.  The best way to beat is with a stand mixer, but a hand mixer will do just fine.  Don’t try this with a whisk, it’s too difficult.

This is a very moist cake, and may take quite a while to bake. The original instructions said 40-55 minutes, mine was in over 80 minutes, your mileage may vary.

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Walnut Coffee Cake

Walnut Coffee Cake like Porto's

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So, a few months ago, I wanted a piece of coffee cake, specifically the coffee cake at Porto’s in Glendale. Instead, I got out my wonderful American Woman’s Cookbook, copyright 1942, and had a look in there. I found a recipe that looked good but didn’t have the ingredients. By the time I got the ingredients, I had forgotten about the cake, and just put them in the cupboard. Today, I remembered they were there, and decided to make the cake.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make, but what really blew me away was how it was almost exactly the same cake as Porto’s in Glendale! Porto’s cake is larger, but that just means increasing the ingredients if I want one that large, but since we have a small family, this works out perfectly.
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Apple Streusel Microwave Mayonnaise Coffee Cake

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Too Hot to Handle!

It’s the middle of July here in Glendale, California, and it was 88 degrees in my house. My house is pretty cool because I face north, and there is a nice awning over the windows, so it doesn’t get that hot inside. Our kitchen has the stove tucked in a corner, with no ventilation except the regular fan. The heat does not dissipate, and once the oven is turned on, it stays hot in there for hours. That’s great in the winter, but not when it’s 92 outside. What do you do when you want to have cake and it’s just to darned hot? You use the microwave.

This was my first time baking in the microwave, too, but armed with toothpicks, I was able to tell right away when the cake was finished. The texture is not quite the same as a regular cake, it is very dense, but actually quite good.

Mayonnaise is your Friend

I know you think that sounds yucky to put mayonnaise in a cake, but it truly keeps it nice and moist, after all, when you look up the ingredients in your head, you will see that it is mostly eggs and oil, both of which make cakes moist. Egg whites also bring airiness to the table. So, it’s a good thing.

This is my first mayonnaise cake. I looked around for recipes, and they all had chocolate, but I wanted coffee cake, and the landlord gave me apples from his tree, so chocolate was out. I followed standard recipes, omitting the chocolate, and it turned out just fine.

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Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cake


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My mother used to make this cake, and I loved it. After my mother died when I was 15, I really missed her, and the cake, so I made one, but I added coconut and I used a yellow cake mix in the box. I remember my grandmother was quite impressed at how well it turned out.

I didn’t think about that cake until recently when I was at a Von’s and they had one for sale. I remembered how much I liked it, and bought one so Spane could try it, too. It was delicious, and then I was on a pineapple upside down cake craze!

I fully intended to make my own, but before I could, one was on sale at the local Ralph’s, and I bought it. Oh my goodness, it was AWFUL! The store’s recipe used cornstarch and pineapple FLAVORING which was bitter and tasted like chemicals. I knew I could do a lot better than that.

I had intended on making this cake many times, and would buy maraschino cherries, only to start my mis en place and find that Spane had already eaten the cherries. No cake without cherries, I say. Well, the next time I bought them, I put them way up in the top of the pantry, behind a can of coffee. I also had left over coconut from making the Fantasy Island Bars, so I could make the cake I hadn’t made since I was 15 years old. The only difference was I made my own yellow cake and added crushed pineapple to the batter. It was delicious!

Please understand, if you are going to make this, it is not for those on a diet. This cake is very, very rich, and although is sized at 12, will probably feed quite a bit more.

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Chocolate Chip Fruit Muesli Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Fruit Muesli Cookies

It was so cold and windy today that even with the windows closed I could still feel the wind! These are insulated windows, too. In Glendale, California, where we live, the wind sometimes whips up a storm as it comes across the valley. and then gets caught in our little bowl surrounded by Griffith Park in the west, Eaglerock in the south, the San Gabriels in the east, and the Verdugo Mountains in the north. As the wind squeezes itself out to Pasadena, it can start howling and really whirl itself into a frenzy.

That’s okay! It means that the oven can go on and have something to do. I know I’ve talked about this in the past, and I’ll say it again. I just don’t feel right lighting a heater on the wall when it does nothing but heat the room and dry out the air. At least an oven produces something for its efforts.

I wanted something a little healthy, and we have dried cranberries, organic chocolate and Blueberry Muesli from Trader Joe’s. I thought using that for cookies would a) make them better for you, and b) taste/feel similar to oatmeal cookies. I don’t like oatmeal, so I never have it on hand. I wouldn’t even have the little packets around, as those are GMO. Yes, you heard it right, Quaker Oats from General Mills are genetically modified. I think if that nice Quaker gentleman on the box knew about that he’d jump straight off the container.

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Carrot Ginger Sesame Drop Cookies and Lemon Glazed Carrot Ginger Cookies

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I have been on an Asian kick lately, so when I made fried rice last night, I had extra ginger. I also bought carrots yesterday, hey, they’re good for your eyes, right? I also have a jar almost full of sesame seeds. Sounds like Carrot Ginger Sesame Drop Cookies, yes?

Today, Spane and I are going to Mass on the Grass at our local Catholic church, Holy Family in Glendale, California. Everyone has been asked to bring a dish, whether it be a side, or dessert. Even though it is still hot, I could not resist turning on my oven for cookies.

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