Baking the Weekend Away

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Will and I have been on quite a food and beer binger these past few months.  It takes your husband leaving for 4 months to make you celebrate like crazy when he gets home = )  Now that I have obtained my extra layer for Winter I am trying to make better food choices.  The past 2 weeks we have been super boring and had a variety of chicken, fish, and veggies to help us get back into shape, so you know what that means….. I have been pinning only delicious, sugary, baked goods on Pinterest.  Here are a couple recipes I collected and when I am not feeling guilty I will give them a try.

 

Pumpkin Poppers

*recipe can be found at Domestically Speaking & Just The Little Things

 

Poppers 

“Domestically Speaking’s” Pumpkin Poppers

  •  1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk

 

Topping

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

 

Combine flour, baking soda,salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.

 

In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk. Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.

 

Melt butter in small bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl. After popper cool for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.

 

 

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

*recipe can be found at Lick the Bowl Good

 

Apple Cake 

“Lick the Bowl Good” Fresh Apple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

 

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

 

Preparation:

For the cake: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch pan (round or square) and set aside.

 

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.Stir with a whisk to mix everything together.

 

In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well.

 

Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter til the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter.

 

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

Place the hot cake on a wire cake. While it’s still hot, prepare the glaze.

 

For the glaze: Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

 

Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.

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One response »

  1. The Fresh apple cake was DELICIOUS!! I def. plan on making this again. It was so easy and the only time consuming part was chopping the apples. Enjoy!

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