Lemon Fruitcake

Today we made Lemon Fruitcake!

3/4C water, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2 scant C flour, 3t baking powder, 3T lemon juice, 1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds lightly salted with sea salt, 1/2C coarsely chopped dried figs, 1/4C coarsely chopped prunes

Preheat oven to 350F. Heat water until warm. Stir into lemon juice and brown sugar.

Lemon Fruitcake

Lemon Fruitcake

Pour into bowl. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Stir sweetened condensed milk into juice mixture.

Lemon Fruitcake

Lemon Fruitcake

Lemon Fruitcake

Stir in dry ingredients until just blended.

Lemon Fruitcake

Stir in fruit and nuts.

Lemon Fruitcake

Lemon Fruitcake

Turn into greased extra large loaf pan.

Lemon Fruitcake

Lemon Fruitcake

Bake 50-55 minutes or until well browned.

Lemon Fruitcake

Blueberry Walnut Choc Chip Cake

Today we made Blueberry Walnut Choc Chip Cake!

1C brown sugar, 4T butter, 2C flour, 1T cinnamon, 1T baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 2 eggs, 16 oz well-drained blueberries, 1C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C chocolate chips, 1T almond extract, 1/2C skim milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter with brown sugar.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Add eggs. Blend well.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Stir in extract. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to wet ingredients in about three portions; beginning and ending with dry. Stir just until blended.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Fold in blueberries, walnuts and chocolate chips.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Bake 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Today we made Pineapple Oat Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/2t vanilla, 1 1/2C quick oats, 1/4t baking soda, 1 1/4C flour, 1/4t salt

Filling: 20 oz can pineapple chunks in 100% juice, well drained; 1C sugar; 1/4C cornstarch; 1/4C flour; 1/3C pineapple juice; 4 eggs

Crust: Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Stir in oats.

Pineapple Oat Cake

In separate bowl, cream butter with brown sugar.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in egg.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in flour mixture. Blend well.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Press into greased glass rectangular casserole dish. Bake until barely browned. Cool.

Filling: Beat eggs with sugar.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Stir in egg mixture.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in juice. Blend well.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in dry ingredients.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Fold in pineapple chunks.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Turn into baked crust.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Lower oven temperature to 325. Bake 50 minutes or until set in center.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Today we made Cocoa Fruitcake!

1/2C cocoa, 1C boiling water, 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk, 2 scant C flour, 3t baking powder, 1/4C coarsely chopped dried apricots, 1/4C coarsely chopped prunes, 1/3C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Add boiling water to cocoa. Stir until dissolved. Cool 5 minutes.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Stir in sweetened, condensed milk. Stir with cocoa mixture.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Fold in fruit and chocolate chips.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Turn into greased loaf pan.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Bake 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Cocoa Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Today we made 2-Milk Fruitcake!

1/4C coarsely chopped prunes, 1/4C coarsely chopped dried apricots, 1/4C coarsely chopped dried figs, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds lightly salted with sea salt, 2 scant C flour, 3t baking powder, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C skim milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In saucepan, heat skim milk until slightly warm.

2-Milk Fruitcake

Pour into large bowl and mix in sweetened condensed milk. Blend well.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Stir in dry ingredients until just blended.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Stir in dried fruit and almonds.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Turn into greased loaf pan.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Bake 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

2-Milk Fruitcake

Apple Nut Choc Chip Cake

Today we made Apple Nut Choc Chip Cake!

1/2C butter, 1C sugar, 1C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1T cinnamon, 2 eggs, 1 extra large Granny Smith apple, chopped into 1/2″ pieces; 1/3C coarsely chopped cashews, walnuts and roasted lightly salted almonds; 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

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Add eggs to butter mixture. Blend well.

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In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Make a well in these dry ingredients and stir in wet until mostly blended.

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Fold in apples.

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Stir in nuts and chips.

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Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

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Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

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Apple Almond Cake

Today we made Apple Almond Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 3 eggs, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced in crescents; 1C coarsely chopped, salted, roasted almonds, 1T almond extract

Topping: 1T lemon juice, 2t cinnamon, 1/4C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat butter with sugar.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Add eggs and extract.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Beat in dry ingredients.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Stir in almonds.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Spread into greased, rectangular cake pan.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Press one half the apple crescents into batter in desired pattern. Mix topping ingredients into a paste.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Spread on apples.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Place remaining apples on top. (For more intense topping flavor, double topping amounts and spread on top layer of apples.)

Apple Almond Cake

Bake 45-55 minutes or until cake is lightly browned.

Apple Almond Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Today we made Pear Lemon Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 1/2 C flour, 2t baking powder, 2 large slightly underripe pears, peeled and chopped into 1/2 to 1/4″ pieces, 3 eggs, 3T brown sugar, 2T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Beat in eggs.

Pear Lemon Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry. In a separate bowl, mix pears, lemon juice and brown sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Stir wet into dry until just blended.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread half the batter evenly into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread pears on top.

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread on remaining batter. Swirl until all pears are coated.

Pear Lemon Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and cake comes away from sides of pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

If desired, glaze when cake is cool, with 2 to 2 1/2C powdered sugar sifted, and 3T orange juice blended until barely pourable.

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

Today we made Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 6 oz fresh blueberries, 3T lemon juice, 3 eggs, 3T powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Beat in eggs.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry and blend in half the wet.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Add lemon juice.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Stir in remaining wet just until blended.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Turn into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, mash powdered sugar into blueberries.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Swirl into cake batter with a few turns of a knife.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is set and cake comes away from the sides of the pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Today we made Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake!

2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 1C amaretto liqueur, 1C chocolate chips, 2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Soak cherries in amaretto liqueur 2 or more hours in a glass container covered with plastic wrap.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Add eggs.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in chips, nuts and thoroughly drained cherries.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ or 10″ round cake pan. Spread evenly.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake