Friday, April 28, 2017

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Don't know about you . . .but this warm spring weather has me craving RHUBARB!  My family isn't huge on it . . .but me, I love that dang weed.  I was planning to make my mom's rhubarb bread - but seem to have misplaced the recipe.  So, I whipped up a rhubarb coffee cake instead.  Yum, yum, and yum!   This coffee cake is perfectly moist with a brown-sugar flavor that pairs magnificently with the tartness of the rhubarb.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Serves 24

3 Cups Diced Rhubarb
2 and 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
3/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon, Divided
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Butter, Melted

Step 1:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare a 9x13 cake pan (grease it).  

Step 2:  In a large mixing bowl, add milk, vinegar, egg, brown sugar, vanilla and oil.  Mix until well combined.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients:  flour, salt, soda, baking powder and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Once combined, add to the wet ingredients and stir until just blended.

Step 4:  Add the rhubarb into the mixing bowl and stir by hand until just combined.  Pour into greased cake pan.  Set aside.

Step 5:  In a small bowl, combine the white sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and the melted butter.  Stir to combine and sprinkle/drizzle across the top of the cake batter.  Place pan in the oven and bake for 45 minutes - or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool slightly before serving.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Orange You Glad I'm Back?

So, I haven't blogged for a while.  I've missed it.  Not sure if you have missed me though.  I've been sick - but I am on the road to recovery!  And while being ill, my taste-buds were rendered useless.   I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  This salad reminds me of the many family gatherings that we once had on my maternal side of the family.  Enjoy!

Orange Fluff Jell-o Salad
Serves 8

1 Small Box Orange Jell-o
1 Cup Cottage Cheese
1 Small Can Mandarin Oranges
1-8oz Container Cool Whip + more for garnish if desired

Step 1:  Prepare Jello according to the package and chill until firm.

Step 2:  Once Jello is firm, mash with fork.  Add the cottage cheese and stir until well combined.  You can use the electric mixer for this if you wish - it will break up the cottage cheese into smaller bits.

Step 3:  Fold in the Cool Whip into the Jello.

Step 4:  Gently fold in the drained oranges into the Jello mixture.

Step 5:  Chill until ready to serve.  Enjoy!