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Carrot Cake – so delicious 


Happy Saturday great foodie friends, it’s has been a long time since my last posting but sometimes life hops in the way.

I tried making this carrot cake today – it’s a play off the “Southern Living” recipe also kown as the best carrot cake.

It’s all about the love that you put into baking and staying as true to the recipe as possible. 

What you will need: 

   
 Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 large eggs

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrot

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

What you will do:

Line 3 (9-inch) round cakepans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.

Stir together first 4 ingredients.
Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrot and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into prepared cakepans.
Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Drizzle Buttermilk Glaze evenly over layers; cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Buttermilk Glaze

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you will do:

Put all the ingredients into a good sauce pan (larger as it expands) heat on medium until a slow boil for approx 4 mins. while stirring often. Take off the heat and add in the vanilla and stir.

   

 
 Cream Cheese Frosting  

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

3 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Vanilla bean paste instead) 

Preparation
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.

   
 
And ice carefully 

  


For an added treat chop up some pistachios and lightly press them around the outside for that little extra wow

After you have finished, cover keep in the fridge. I promise it won’t last long! 

“You Gotta Try This!” 

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Apple Blueberry crisp


Good afternoon great foodie friends,

Do you ever have that craving for something sweet but want to stay with something a little healthier?
Apple Blueberry crisp came to my mind yesterday…..

This sweet treat is simple, quick and a crowd pleaser in our home!

What you need:

* 5 to 6 of your favorite apples
* 1 cup fresh or fresh frozen blueberries
* 1/4 pound butter close to room temp + 1 tablespoon
* 1 lemon
* 1/2 cup rolled oats
* 1/2 cup all purpose flour
* Cinnamon (to your liking)
* 1/2 + 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

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What to do:

* Pre-heat your oven to 350
* Core and slice apples into thin slices (remove skin) and place in a large bowl.
* Add in the blueberries
* Add in the 1/4 cup of brown sugar
* Rind the lemon and add in the bowl as well as the juice from the lemon.
* Add in 1 tblsp of flour
* Add in the tablespoon of butter
* Add in enough cinnamon
* Add in the chocolate

Mix all together and pour into your favorite medium to deep baking dish

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In another mixing bowl put in the oats, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and mix together with a fork binding all the ingredients together but leaving small chunks in consistency.
Gently cover your apple mixture with the topping covering most of the apples.

Now put in the oven for approx 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. (Every oven is slight different so keep an eye on it)

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Let cool a few minutes but please do enjoy warm. You can enjoy it as is or with a scoop of ice cream or fresh whip cream.

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Enjoy!

You Gotta try this!