Swedish Cream Cake

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The first tea room I ever had the pleasure of taking afternoon tea was in the beautiful town of Poulsbo, Washington. Judith’s Tearooms and Rose Café was located on the main street going through the town. There were lots of little shops and an aquarium that my daughter, Stefanie loved to visit. After enjoying all over favorite shops we would stop at Judith’s for afternoon tea. Even at the age of five Stefanie loved having afternoon tea, especially when her Grandmother Janet was visiting. Stefanie always sat in the princess chair. It was a wicker chair with a high back and had fancy pillows on it. Janet loved this tearoom as much or maybe more than we did. On one of her visits we went to the tea room three times. We were in love with the Swedish Cream Cake on the menu. It was the only dessert we ever ordered. It was a moist yellow cake soaked in cream sherry then topped with dried apricots soaked in sherry and freshly whipped cream. To this day the cake is still one my favorites. Judith had a cookbook printed of all her tea time recipes. To my delight the Swedish cream cake recipe was in my hands. I usually bake the cake once a year; I love to have it in the spring while sipping a cup of tea. It brings back such a beautiful memory.

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Swedish Cream Cake

Yellow cake, you will need the batter of 2 homemade cakes or 2 boxed cakes without pudding

4 tablespoons sour cream

1/2cup cream sherry

Dried apricots, soaked in cream sherry for 24 hours

Freshly whipped cream

Grease and flour a tube pan.

Follow your recipe for yellow cake either homemade or boxed doubled add the sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan. Place in center rack in preheated 350 degree oven 55-60 minutes depending on the amount of batter. Remove and let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Pour the ½ cup of cream sherry slowly over the cake. Let cool 1 hour and remove from pan. Cool cake completely. Place cake on a serving plate. Cut a slice of the cake and top with apricots and whipped cream.

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Chicken Quesadilla

DSCF4282Chicken Quesadilla’s are one of my favorite weeknight meals. They are so easy to make an fairly healthy to eat depending how you make them. I love to grill the chicken on my indoor grill pan. I use thin boneless chicken seasoned with a good sprinkle of Montreal steak seasoning on both sides. I use just a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil,then heat the pan and spray it with olive oil pan spray. When the pan is hot I cook all four pieces of chicken to 160 degrees. I remove the chicken from the pan and cover it while I prepare the toppings. I dice fresh tomato, shredded lettuce, grated sharp cheddar cheese, fresh salsa, and  just a dollop of sour cream. I clean out my grill pan and just drop one flour tortilla on the hot grill pan. Then I top it with chicken a small amount of the cheese, and fresh tomato. I then put the top on and when the bottom is brown with the grill marks I flip it and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Once on my plate I stuff some lettuce inside and top it with fresh salsa and the sour cream. The chicken is so flavorful and tender. I just love all these flavors. The best part is this meal in on the table in under 30 minutes.

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Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffin.
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffin. A comforting Autumn treat.
Whisk dry ingredients.
Whisk dry ingredients.
Lightly beat eggs, add wet ingredients.
Lightly beat eggs, add wet ingredients.
Add melted butter to dry ingredients. Then add the other wet ingredients. Stir just to combine.
Add melted butter to dry ingredients. Then add the other wet ingredients. Stir just to combine.
Fold in the nuts and raisins.
Fold in the nuts and raisins.
Spoon batter into prepared muffins cups.
Spoon batter into prepared muffins cups.
Drizzle muffins with Maple glaze.
Drizzle muffins with maple glaze.
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

 

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

2 Cups all-purpose flour

¾ up to 1 Cup granulated sugar, if you want a sweeter muffin use 1 cup of sugar

½ Teaspoon fine sea salt

1 ½ Teaspoons baking powder

¼ Teaspoon baking soda

1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ Teaspoon ground cloves

1 Cup solid packed pumpkin puree, Libby’s, or organic

¼ Cup buttermilk or evaporated milk

¼ Cup sour cream or plain yogurt

4 oz. Butter (1 stick), melted

2 Large eggs

¼ Cup raisins

¼ Cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Sift the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl; you can use a whisk to sift if you like. Melt the butter and set aside. In a separate bowl lightly beat the eggs. Add the pumpkin puree, sour cream, and buttermilk or evaporated milk. Add the melted butter and wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon just to combine the ingredients. Fold in the nuts and raisins. Spoon 2/3 of batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or till cake tester comes out clean.

Bakers note: I used organic pumpkin for my muffins. If you use Libby’s the muffins will be a darker color.

Glaze

4 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

2 Tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Stir the confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup together, add more of either ingredient to get a not to thick not to thin mixture. Drizzle over cooled muffins.

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Mash Potatoes

My favorite mash potatoes.
My favorite mash potatoes.

Mash potatoes have to be the ultimate in comfort food. Do you like them totally smooth, a few lumps, lots of lumps, dripping with butter melting off the top or with gravy in a pool on top? Honestly I could eat them any way they are served. I love Yukon gold potatoes best for mash potatoes. My preferred way to mash is with an old fashioned potato masher. You have total control of how smooth or lumpy the potatoes become. If  I want really smooth and creamy potatoes I  mash them until the lumps are out. If I want some lumps I mix them less. I love just a few lumps with butter or gravy. To put my mash potatoes over the top I add either 2 teaspoons of cream cheese or 1/2 cup of sour cream. To give them a little bite I add green onion or fresh chives. Boil 3 pounds of peeled and quartered  Yukon gold potatoes, Drain. Heat 2/3 cup of milk and add at least 6 tablespoons of butter and more butter to the top after there mixed. Lots of fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt. I used sour cream and green onion for my potatoes.

This is a potato masher.
This is a potato masher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Yukon Gold Potatoes (Photo credit: Indiana Public Media)
Boil the potatoes. Add a good splash of salt.
Boil the potatoes. Add a good splash of salt.
Gather your ingredients.
Gather your ingredients for mashing the potatoes.
Drain fork tender potatoes. Add the butter, salt and pepper. Mash to desired smoothness before adding any milk.
Drain fork tender potatoes. Add the butter, salt and pepper. Mash to desired smoothness before adding any milk.
Add the sour cream, milk, green onion. Mash to combine.
Add the sour cream, green onion. Mash to combine.
Add the milk and mash to combine.
Add the milk and mash to combine.
Completely mashed.
Completely mashed.
Ready to serve.
Ready to serve.

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