Archive for February, 2014

Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping

I think this was a Food Network recipe, though we didn’t make the glaze that came with it, instead serving it with ice cream.

Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (we didn’t use because our butter is salted)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples

Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.

3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla. Fold in apples. Pour into prepared baking sheet.

4. Combine all of the topping ingredients together in a bowl until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over cake and bake until golden and set, 35-40 min (ours needed almost an hour).  Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min.

Apple Crumb Cake

Verdict: This was a very taste cake. I maybe would have added some more apples to it, because I think they were what was giving the cake the bulk of its taste.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

I found this recipe on another food blog and adapted it (by taking out the vegetables).

  • 1 lbs of spaghetti
  • 4-8 slices of bacon (we used 8; what can I say, I like bacon.)
  • 3 eggs
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

1. In a large pot, boil water and prepare pasta as directed on package. Set aside 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp.

3. Drain pasta when done and return to pot. Add in the eggs, cheese and stir for 1 minute while the eggs cook. Add reserved pasta water if needed to cook the eggs or to make the dish creamier (we didn’t). Season with pepper to taste.

spaghetti carbonara

Verdict: This tasted exactly how the spaghetti carbonara I’ve ordered from restaurants tastes. Bonus in that it was such an easy recipe to make.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I found this recipe in the French language Metro newspaper.

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ripe banana, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together. Add vanilla and egg.  Add bananas and yogurt. Mix well.

3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

4. Incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

5. Add chocolate chips and mix well.

6. Pour into a greased bread pan.

7.  Bake for 60 min or until done.

Choc Chip Banana Bread

Verdict: The batter was a little hard to work with; I don’t think there were enough wet ingredients. The bread ended up coming out a little denser than I normally like, but it had a really nice flavour.

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Mocca Brownies

This is a recipe from the French language Metro newspaper.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease an oven dish.

2. In a big bowl, mix together the flour and sugar.

3. Mix together the butter, coffee and cocoa powder. Add to the flour mixture.

4. Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla.

5. Pour into prepared dish and bake 20 min or until center is well cooked (ours needed closer to 30).

Mocca Brownies

Verdict: I didn’t really enjoy these brownies. I thought that they just didn’t have a rich enough taste to them.  They needed to have more of a chocolate or coffee taste to them instead of the mild tasting brownie we ended up with.

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