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Nov 252015
 

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A large glass of milk or a cup of hot coffee is needed here!

A large glass of milk or a cup of hot coffee is needed here!

Hello again everyone as I have been very lax in the kitchen area of late. But I do have some things up my sleeve for the near future and I just wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! It’s gonna be a little quiet here tomorrow, just Husband, daughter and myself. Kenny’s daughter and family were gonna come down from up north and that got cancelled. One granddaughter and her family will be going to her hubby’s family this year and our other granddaughter is on the verge of having her second son, Niklaus who at least will be joining us for the Christmas holiday!

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Some time ago I posted our family’s Tomato Soup Cake that my grandma and mom made every year for Thanksgiving. Follow the same recipe for the cookies by going to the link I provided on tomato soup cake. The only difference here is that you make them by dropping a tablespoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake them in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. As you can see by the picture, I baked some to the point I thought they were done enough and the second batch a little longer and they came out a little darker. The darker, more well done cookies were the choice of us all, but you can decide for yourself according to your preference. Our choice was based on the crunchiness of the cookie while they still retained their chewiness. I had been wanting to try this for quite some time now and my sister who also makes this cake every year, thought it was a great idea also; can’t wait to tell her tomorrow when we talk……………..  Well again, Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends out there and good vittles are right around the corner, YEAH, my kind of holiday!!!!

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Apr 072015
 

                                         Spicy Applesauce Carrot Cake With Walnuts

A scoop of our homemade ice cream and this cake was awesome!

A scoop of our homemade ice cream and this cake was awesome!

Who doesn’t like carrot cake especially at Easter? Maybe it’s the bunny thing delivering the eggs that makes my think of carrots! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter as we did here…… It wasn’t quite as crazy here as I thought it would be as one granddaughter couldn’t make it due to her honey working and the same went for our daughter who also had to work. So it ended up just being our other granddaughter Sammi with her hubby and daughter and an 11 pound ham with lots of side dishes to grace our Easter feast! Kenny and I also decided to try some different dishes this year and we will be bringing them to you in the near future, some that had a few glitches and others, nary a one. I also surprised Sam’s husband with some homemade Hawaiian bread rolls as his only request for dinner was some big fat yeast rolls!
This cake is so moist and tasty with the addition of applesauce, that there almost wasn’t enough to go around for just the five of us, but I did manage to save a little for us and a piece for Sam to put in her husband’s lunch the next day. And of course, you gotta top this sweet treat with some homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. I also like the combination of spices which adds even more flavor.

Another thing you can add to this cake are raisins which I seemed to overlook the fact that my cupboard was bare when it came to these.

I swear...I did not steal the raisins!!!

I swear…I did not steal the raisins!!!

I could have sworn I had some, so that pesky raisin thief must have been lurking around yet again, Husband????

 

Spicy Applesauce Carrot Cake With Walnuts
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 & ¾ cups flour
  • 3 teas baking soda
  • 1 teas salt
  • 3 teas cinnamon
  • 1 teas nutmeg
  • ¼ to ½ teas ground ginger
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teas pure vanilla extract
  • 14 oz container of all natural applesauce
  • 3 cups shredded carrots, I do mine on medium grate
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts
Instructions
  1. Sift together the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, beat the eggs to combine.
  3. Add the oil, sugar, vanilla and applesauce and mix well.
  4. Stir in the carrots and mix.
  5. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just to combine.
  6. Fold in the raisins and nuts.
  7. Pour into 2, 9-inch greased and floured cake pans or 1, 9 X 13 pan, again greased and floured.
  8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 35 to 45 minutes depending on pans used or until cake tests done.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes in pans on wire racks and remove to cool completely before adding your favorite cream cheese icing..........

Hope you enjoy, we did!

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