Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Warm Thoughts

So I am sitting here waiting for the Inauguration to begin, looking at the mass of people that are standing on the national mall lawn. The temperature out there is 27 degrees F, but it "feels" like 12 degrees. As much as I would wish to be out there with them I am glad to be warm. My husband and I had wished we could take our daughter to see it. Instead we are snuggled on our couch with some hot tea.
After the swearing in ceremony I will be making a lovely Cinnamon Apple Cake. I promise to post pictures.

OK here are some pictures.

So I thought I would share this yummy recipe. It has become a family favorite, and when made for potlucks and other group gatherings it is highly praised.

Apple Cinnamon Cake:
recipe from Celtic Folklore Cooking

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cream
1 stick butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 apples, peeled, cored (1 grated, 4 sliced thinly)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9x9inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl beat eggs and 1 cup of sugar. In a small saucepan heat the cream, butter, and salt until almost boiling. Pour directly onto the egg mixture, then fold in the grated apple, flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Pour mixture into the greased baking pan. Place apple slices on top (in a decorative manner if you wish), sprinkle with the leftover 1/2 cup sugar. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to touch. I normally bake it until a toothpick comes out clean from the center, at most I think it has taken me 30 minutes.

I like serving plain or with scoop of ice cream if we have it. I will also use nutmeg and or allspice if I am making it during the holidays.
This cake is pretty simple to make and turns out so moist and delicious.
Trial and error has taught me that if I make this in advance for an event I had better make two or there will be a few slices missing when I go to pack it up.

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