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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apple Crumble

Tart apples, brown sugar and cinnamon are the perfect combination in this simple and satisfying dessert. Try it served warm with a side of your favorite ice cream. This recipe can be great for the holidays or get together with family. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/3 cups of rolled oats
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup of butter, which is roughly 1 stick


4 large apples of your choice, I recommend Granny Smith
2 tablespoons of firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon


1 Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease 2-quart baking dish

2 For the topping, place the flour, rolled oats, granulated sugar and butter in a large baking bowl. Mix well.

3 For the filling, peel, core and slice the apples. Layer the apple slices in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the apple slices. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the top.

4 Bake until the apples have softened and the crumble is lightly golden, approximate cook time is around 20-25 minutes. For the best tasting experience serve warm.

Baking Tip

To get the best flavor and texture from this recipe, use a baking apple variety with more acidity. Granny Smith, Empire and Jonathan are good choices, because they are tart and firm.

Alternative Filling

You can replace the apples with fresh berries, but make sure to sprinkle 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour over the berries before covering with the crumble. The flour binds the liquid given off by the berries so the crumble doesn't become soggy.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

This dessert is a family favorite, but just what makes it the "best ever?" It's the combination of coffee and chocolate. Try this recipe out for yourself and experience the rich chocolate flavor that makes this cake irresistible!

Photo by: kraft

2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of all granulated sugar
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cold black coffee
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs

1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of softened butter
1/2 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of warm water
4 cups of confectioners' sugar
1 cup of chopped walnuts, peanuts or cashews, divided

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit . Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
2 Beat in the shortening with an electric mixer on low speed. Beat in milk, coffee and vanilla until combined. Increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs; and beat for another 2 minutes.
3 Pour the batter into the prepared pans; smooth with a spatula. Bake the cakes in the middle of the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pans for 5 minutes then turn the cakes onto wire racks to cool completely.
4 For the frosting, combine the cocoa powder, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the warm water; mix well. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar in two batches. Beat until smooth.
5 Place one layer top side down on a large, flat plate. Spread with 1 cup of the frosting; sprinkle with 2/3 cup walnuts, peanuts, or cashews. Top with the remaining cake layer, top side up. Frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting, swirling with a small spatula. Garnish the cake with the remaining walnuts, peanuts or cashews.
6 You are now ready to serve and enjoy, this cake will feed approximately 12 people.

I hope everyone enjoys this recipe as much as I did. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you thinks!

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