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Posted by sam on October 23, 2012
The Banker is not one for big breakfasts. I gave up even asking if he wanted me to make anything years ago. Now, Saturday mornings finds him running to the donut shop for the kids while I sleep in my warm, cozy bed. So really, I’m thankful he doesn’t want me to cook in the morning. I didn’t need the extra calories from pancakes anyway.
However, there is the occasional event that warrants something a little more special. Like when you have house guests you want to impress. Thank you JennyRambles for introducing me to the wonderful world of Apple Coffee Cake a la Emeril Legasse.
I’ll admit that this is a labor of love kind of dish. It doesn’t exactly throw itself together and I seem to create plenty of dirty dishes in the process. But a few dishes in the sink isn’t enough to scare me off. Plus, The Banker normally starts in on those before I’m even putting the dish into the oven.
This wonderful breakfast treat will surely make your kitchen smell heavenly. Whether you have house guests to impress, an occasion to celebrate or you just want a delicious apple cake, this is the recipe for you. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Eat. And enjoy every bite.
Emeril’s Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping
Prep time: 30-60 minutes (depends on how good you are in the kitchen)
Baking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 12 (or 8 really hungry people)
Original Recipe from Food Network
- 1 stick plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter.
- In a large bowl, cream together the remaining stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after the addition of each.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla. Fold in the apples.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.
- For the topping, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter in a small bowl and mix with a fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake.
- Bake until golden brown and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
I have always skipped the Brown Sugar Glaze found in the original recipe. I find the cake to be perfect without it and my leftovers aren’t soggy when I heat it up.
Posted by sam on October 23, 2012
August 20th: Wall
August 21st: Shoe
August 22nd: Friend
August 23rd: Bowl
August 24th: Car
August 25th: Inside
My something special for being a good girl while The Banker was away.
August 26th: Funny
Today was a day of sorrow and grief, but I did laugh when I saw this picture.
August 27th: Hook
Sadly, my grandmother passed away and my family and I traveled to attend her funeral. The Photo A Day Challenge was placed on hold. I thought about taking the remaining pictures after the fact so I had something to post, but honestly, I didn’t feel like.
September is upon us….
have you started your challenge yet?
Posted by sam on September 6, 2012
Come for the challenge…stay for the blog
Wow! It’s already September. The kids are back in school, the weather is starting change and the stores are getting ready pull the Christmas decorations out.
It also means it’s time for you to find your September Photo A Day Challenge. I hope that you enjoy this version brought to you by Between the Shutters. I decided a weekly theme might be a fun change.
Day 1: Your Tree – This is the only one you need to keep pretty basic since we’re going to be watching the leaves change from summer into fall.
Day 2: Close up – Pick an object, a facial feature, a fabric and get up close and personal with it.
Day 3: Far away – Zoom out from you Day 2 photo, take a long distance shot from your window or a place you wish you were.
Day 4: Black – I’m thinking the color, but do with this what you wish.
Day 5: White – Again, I’m thinking color, but it should be the opposite of Day 4
Day 6: Morning – Your morning ritual, your coffee cup, the sunrise
Day 7: Night – your evening night cap, your dinner, the sunset
Day 8: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot
Day 9: Your Favorite Spot – the place you would hang out all the time if life wasn’t so rude and made you do something else
Day 10: Table – the kitchen table, a side table, the milk box used as a table
Day 11: Door Knob – from the front door, from the back door, from the bedroom
Day 12: Pillow – from your bed, from your couch, the dog’s pillow
Day 13: Shelf – inside the kitchen cabinet, on the wall holding something
Day 14: Entry Way – what people see when they come in to your house
Day 15: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot
Day 16: Pretty – something you find beautiful
Day 17: Unusual – something you find funky
Day 18: Organized – something you organized, an organized store shelf, a book on organizing
Day 19: Happy – a happy person, something that made you happy, Happy the dwarf
Day 20: Symmetrical – something symmetrical
Day 21: Lucky – your lucky penny, your dog Lucky, something your lucky to have
Day 22: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot
Day 23: Something Orange – fall colors are all around us, pick one
Day 24: Apples/Pumpkins – pick the fruit or pick the vegetable
Day 25: Sweet Treat – what’s your favorite fall sweet treat?
Day 26: Something Brown – fall colors are all around us, pick one
Day 27: Fall Foliage – go outside and take another tree picture, take a picture of your fall decorations
Day 28: A Warm Drink – hot toddy anyone?
Day 29: Your Tree – back to the same tree and the same spot
Day 30: Something Red – fall colors are all around us, pick one
Posted by sam on August 28, 2012
Here in the Rocky Mountain region, we are all a buzz with the USA Pro Challenge. We were thrilled to host for the event for the second year in a row and welcomed over 100 cyclists to climb 683 grueling miles and visit 12 of some of our most beautiful Colorado cities and towns. Of course, I use “we” loosely as I honestly don’t follow the sport myself. But I have made it a habit to watch the five minute special on the days events following the ten o’clock news. Does that count for anything? And congratulations to Christian Vande Velde for being the overall winner! USA…USA…USA!!!
To pay a little tribute, I thought now was as a good as time as any to share with you our experience with Eleven Winery.
Why you ask? Eleven Winery was started by Matt Albee, a former cyclist himself, and his wife Sarah. Named after a bicycle racing term, The Eleven, Matt was determined to give it his all and use all eleven teeth of his smallest cog as he switched gears from cycling to wine-making.
Now while cycling isn’t my sport of choice, wine is my drink of choice. Preferably a nice blended white wine, Conundrum and Evolution being some favorites, or a Pinot Grigio.
Washington State is becoming increasingly known for its excellent wineries and their produced wines. In fact, the small community of Bainbridge Island has eight local wineries alone. Unfortunately, there are only select weekends that visitors are welcomed to tour the wineries themselves, but they do have tasting rooms that offer samples to passerbys.
We found ourselves in front of the Eleven Winery while walking through Poulsbo. I particularly enjoyed the modified sign of Kids Welcome “with parents“. [Apparently some of the local teenagers thought this was an invitation for free booze. Sorry kids. Go drink your parents liquor like the rest of us did.] If this isn’t enough of a welcome for free wine, I don’t know what is.
Turns out, kids really are welcome. There is a whole corner devoted to the young’ins with train tracks and other toys. This buys parents at least a few minutes to learn about the wines and take a few sips before the kids realize there is other merchandize in the store that is more interesting that Thomas the Tank Engine.
Their white wine selections including everything from the Dolce Grigio, the sweet dessert port, to a roussanne for those who prefer a full body flavor. Although I did sample their Pinot Grigio and enjoyed it, I fell in love with the La Donella. This is their current blended vintage, which changes every year to select only the best of the best of grapes. Three bottles were shipped to my house that day. I won’t tell you how many are left…
The Banker prefers a red wine and generally sticks with a Shiraz when ordering at a restaurant. This makes sharing a bottle of wine over dinner impossible. You see, my palate cannot stand the dry, bitterness of red. And yes, I have tried many to confirm this. He too opted for the blend. And as we presented this to my father as his birthday gift, I realized that Balance is an Oregon wine rather than a Washington wine. Ooops. Oh well, I’m told it’s delicious.
It is such a treat to step out of your tasting comfort zone and try something different. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a whole new love of your life. In wines of course. I don’t recommend turning to wine for love or friendship.
Thank you Eleven Winery for a nice visit.
Posted by sam on August 27, 2012
Posted by sam on August 24, 2012