Indian summer continues on in full swelter here in the bay area. It's honestly the hottest it's been here for the last six months: the mornings start out promisingly grey and overcast, and then by mid-morning it's just cloudless sky and shimmering heat. Not-so-little-Isabelle is growing out of her summer t-shirts and shorts, clothes I thought I could safely pack away by now but instead I'm desperately hoping will still fit until cooler weather finally arrives.(more…)
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Thank you to all of you for your well-wishes and e-mails. It means a great deal to me to know there’s so much support coming from all over the web. I go between excited and nervous, often within the space of minutes, and oftentimes simultaneously, so it’s definitely never dull here. I also didn’t mention that while I haven’t been able to report any outlandish food cravings, my sweet tooth has really diminished! Which is weird and disconcerting, and of course not the best news for a dessert-themed blog. I still want to bake, but many times I just don’t know what I want to make. Maybe it’s nature’s way of telling me I’ve already accumulated enough sugar in my system over the years and I need to put some other foods in it?
December 27th, 2006 · 16 Comments · Cakes, Recipes
I couldn’t resist using these molds this weekend. They looked like little snowflakes when I bought them but when the cakes are unmolded and covered with confectioner’s sugar they resemble snow-covered castles in the winter forest.
I hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season. Thank you for visiting this little page, for all the lovely comments, and for understanding when I’m a little tardy in responding – please don’t think I’m ever less than thrilled to find another baking aficionado out there!
Have a wonderful new year – I’ll be back in January, sharing some of my favorite baking books from 2006 and some of the baking-related Christmas gifts I received!
Apple Spice Cakes
adapted from Gale Gand’s Just a Bite
makes about 6 1-cup mini bundt cakes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and cut the apples into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss the pieces in a bowl with the cinnamon.
Beat the eggs and sugar in a mixer with the whisk attachment until fluffy. While the mixer is running, add in the oil and vanilla.
While mixer is going, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cloves, and allspice in a bowl. Add the dry mixture into the batter and continue mixing until combined.
Stir in the apples, distributing evenly.
Spoon batter evenly into bundt pan molds. Bake about 35-40 minutes, until the center is dry and springs back to the touch.
Cool on a wire rack in the molds before turning out. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.