Orange Cornmeal Cake

1/2C olive oil, 2 eggs, 1C + 3T sugar, 1/2C orange juice, 1 1/4C flour, 1/2C fine yellow cornmeal, 2t baking powder, 1t salt, finely grated zest of 1 orange, 1T ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350°F.

OrangeCornmealCake

Whisk together oil, eggs, 1C sugar and orange juice until smooth.

OrangeCornmealCake

OrangeCornmealCake

Stir in zest.

OrangeCornmealCake

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet. Stir until just blended. Pour batter into 8″ round, parchment-lined cake pan greased with olive oil. Mix 3T sugar with ginger. Sprinkle on top of batter. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake; invert cake gently onto a plate, and remove parchment paper. Re-invert cake onto a rack to cool completely.

OrangeCornmealCake

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Today I made Peanut Surprise Cookies!

1/2C butter, 3/4C brown sugar, 2T brown sugar, 1 egg, 1t vanilla, 1t cream of tartar, 1/2t soda, 1/8t salt, 1 1/3C flour, 6oz chocolate chunks, 1t cinnamon, 1/2C coarsely chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 400F. Beat butter with 3/4C brown sugar.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Stir in egg and vanilla. Blend well.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Blend well. Stir in chocolate chunks and peanuts.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Peanut Surprise Cookies

In separate container, mix 2T brown sugar with cinnamon.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Shape batter into balls and roll in sugar/cinnamon.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Place 2″ apart on parchment-paper lined cookie sheets or food-grade silicone-reinforced glass-weave mat.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Bake 8-10 minutes or until firm. Do not overbake. Cool on racks.

Peanut Surprise Cookies

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Today I made Mango Pineapple Cheesecake!

16 oz cream cheese, 10 oz sour cream, 10 oz sugar, pinch salt, 3 eggs, 3T mango-pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Cream together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Add salt and eggs. Stir in sour cream and juice. Blend well.

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Pour into greased springform pan. Wrap the outside of the pan in foil in three layers, or place on top of a metal pan. Place springform pan inside of a larger heat-proof container. Pour water in the lower container to make a water bath. Bake 30-40 minutes or until browned on top. Cool. Chill 2 hours before serving.

Mango Pineapple Cheesecake

Chocolate Apple Cake

Today I made Chocolate Apple Cake!

2 3/4C unsifted flour, 1 1/3C sugar, 2/3C cocoa, 1 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t baking powder, 1t cinnamon, 3 eggs, 1C oil, 2t raspberry blush vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup, 2t vanilla, 2C chopped apple

Preheat oven to 350F.

Chocolate Apple Cake

Mix dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix eggs, oil, vinegar, milk and vanilla until well blended. Gradually add dry ingredients. Blend well. Stir in apple, mixing evenly.

Chocolate Apple Cake

Pour into greased and floured 9″ or 10″ round cake pan.

Chocolate Apple Cake

Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan and eat.

Chocolate Apple Cake

Chocolate Apple Cake