Monday, August 17, 2009

Ann's Apple Cake

There are some recipes that are great to have on hand when friends drop in and there isn't time to bake something complicated. Ann's Apple Cake is a wonderfully easy scratch recipe which provides satisfying results. This cake is moist, comforting and delicious. If you give it a try, we think you will find yourself baking it often.

Apple Cake

3 eggs
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup canola oil
2 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 - 6 peeled chopped baking apples
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
Sift all dry ingredients together and set aside. Blend eggs, sugar, and oil. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture. Fold in the apples and nuts. Bake in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan (we made ours in a tube pan) for 1 hour. Let cake cool before turning out onto a platter.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mastering The Art Of Julia Child

After much anticipation, the Baker Babes went to see the movie Julie & Julia. It was wonderful and definitely lived up to all its pre-release hype. Better yet, it exceeded all of our expectations. The back and forth between the two main characters was done to perfection making us want a second and third helping of these delicious stories. Whether you are baking a cake or making a movie it is necessary to use the finest ingredients in order to create something special. Julie/Julia has certainly done that.

We have adapted Julia Child's "Chocolate and Almond Cake" (Reine De Saba) recipe from her book "Mastering The Art Of French Cooking", volume one. We encourage you to give this scrumptious decadent cake a try.