Thursday, September 29, 2011

#322_ Apple Cake II

I already posted a recipe for an Apple Cake that is so good, click here, but I have
another one that I have always wanted to test
to see if it is as good because the picture of the cake that accompanied the recipe looks so temptingly good. The recipe is from Red Book magazine that I clipped a couple of years ago. So when a friend shared with me some of her fresh apples from her tree a week ago, I knew what I was going to do with them....try that recipe.

Here's the recipe that I adapted from Red Book magazine. I don't know why, but I ended up slightly tweaking the recipe (indicated by red asterisk).
1 cup walnuts, roasted and chopped*
1/4 cup brown sugar*
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
dash ground cloves*
2 Tb flour
5 large baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced*
3 cups less 2 Tb, all purpose flour*
1 Tb baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-3/4 cups white sugar*
1/2 cup canola oil
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
4 large eggs
1/2 cup golden raisins*
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Butterscotch Caramel topping*

Baking Direction:
1) heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-inch removable bottom tube pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle nuts evenly on bottom of pan.
2) In a bowl, mix 2 TB flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Add apples and toss to combine.
3) In another bowl, mix all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
4) In large bowl, cream together white sugar, oil and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the orange juice, vanilla then the flour mixture. Beat until the batter is smooth. Fold in the raisins.
5) Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Arrange half of the apple mixture on top of batter. Spoon remaining batter over the apples and top with the remaining apples.
6) Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of cake and turn the cake out onto a wire rack. Invert cake onto another rack to cool.
7) Drizzle caramel sauce on the entire cake or on each slice.

Slice apples thinly or into small chunks

The batter should be like that of a banana bread

Sprinkle nuts evenly in the tube pan

Let cake cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes before slicing.

This is the bottom of the cake

The finished product is very similar to the other recipe from Cooking Light magazine.
The main difference is the cream cheese and the method of preparation.

Hope you give this recipe or the other one a try...they are both good!!

Update 10-11-11
The original recipe link:

A friend on facebook requested that I post the link for the original recipe. What I have is the recipe I clipped from the Red Book magazine, but I googled it anyway to see if they have it on their site. So here's the recipe found on their website, click here. It is exactly the same recipe as it appeared in their magazine.


Addendum 10-11-11

I made this Apple Cake today in a 9"x13" but replaced the orange juice with 1/2 cup of plain yogurt because I ran out of orange juice, then I mixed everything together like the procedure in making banana bread, combining wet and dry ingredients together. It only took 45 minutes to bake it. It is very easy to prepare and it turned out real good, in fact it is better than the original recipe and I think this is my favorite. Next time I will make some muffins with this recipe.

Monday, September 26, 2011

#321_Doughnut Muffins: Muffins that Taste Like Donuts

Mini Donut Muffins

A few weeks ago some people were raving about this
doughnut muffins on facebook.
I was so intrigued that I made some research on the net
and checked out recipes from several sites,
and to my amazement,
every single one of them raved about how good they are.
So I made a batch for a party.

These are muffins that supposed to taste like doughnuts.

I must have done something wrong when I made these
because there was no trace of doughnuts in them.
It is absolutely a good recipe though, cross my heart...
it's just that I was
looking for the doughnuts in the muffins.
I followed everything on the recipe except
I used mini muffin pans with 24 cavities,
instead of the regular ones.
I was glad I was able to make 8 of those which totaled 192 mini muffins,
which was great for the crowd we had.

I will try to make this recipe again, hoping to find
the donuts in them the second time.

Got the recipe here.

Here are 2 links you can get the recipe from:

Friday, September 23, 2011

#320_Chicken & Squash in Tomato Sauce

Chicken with Squash

I learned to make this dish from my daughter-in-law from Texas
who is a half Mexican and half Spanish (as in Spanish from Spain).

Having a tomato base similar to Afritada,
this dish has a real Spanish influence.

2-chicken breast, rinsed and cup up into chunks
(or whole chicken, cut up)
1-medium Acorn Squash (or any kind of squash), cubed
1-med onion
3-very ripe tomatoes, chopped
(can use canned tomatoes)
3-cloves garlic, minced
canola oil for sauteing
2 - 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 cup water or broth
2-Jalapeno pepper
Salt/Pepper to taste

This is another dish that I make without measuring the ingredients.
So the ingredients above are just for your guideline.

Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes in canola oil. Add in the chicken and saute really well until they render their own fat. Season with salt. Stir in the squash, tomato sauce and the jalapeno pepper. Put lid on and simmer for about 15 minutes then add water or broth; continue to simmer until the chicken is tender. I like to mash some of the squash during the process as it makes the sauce a little thick. Add some more liquid (broth or water) when necessary, otherwise, its done!!


Note from MaMely:
My daughter-in-law usually makes this dish with just chicken breasts, but I prefer dark meat over the breasts so I make this with cut up whole chicken then I just use the dark meat and freeze the breasts.

Monday, September 19, 2011

#319_Purslane: Info and Recipe Links

Do you have these kind of weeds in your yard along with those annoying dandelions?
These are called Purslane and you'll be amazed when you find out how nutritious they are.

This was brought to my attention by a cyber friend in the Philippines who said that her neighbor's pigs are getting fat and healthy from eating this weed. She made me so curious so I googled and found out that they are a culinary delight...yes, they are edible and full of nutrients, according to the infos I just found.

Please click on these links here from google. They have some valuable information on this plant and some interesting recipes. Am I ready to try them though? I don't know!! will let you know when I am.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Microwaved Cake topped with a dollop of frosting

This is what I call an emergency cake as you can make this in just a few minutes...all you need are the ingredients below, a mug, measuring spoons, a spoon for stirring and a microwave. So when you get up in the middle of the night and have a craving for a warm chocolate cake, just stir all the ingredients in a mug and microwave it for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes and voila!! a cake like magic!!

I got the recipe from this site: but I did a little modification. Here's how I did it the first time....

I combined 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips morsels in 3 tablespoons of milk. Scalded in the microwave just to melt the chocolate pieces, about 45 seconds.

I wanted to make a Rocky Road cake, so I threw in some mallows and nuts (those are pistachio nuts) then I used a little bowl to mix everything together. (Mix everything right in the mug if you want).

Poured the mixture in the mug. I don't know how many ounces this mug is but it holds 2 cups of liquid.

After microwaving it for 1-1/2 minutes, look what a big mess it made!!

Cake is done, but sure is messy and so unappetizing.
Clean up takes more time than it is to make the cake,
so you can go back to bed and do the clean up in the morning.

As you can see on this picture, the cake turned out nice and moist....
not bad for a microwaved cake, huh?

Here's what I did the second time....

I used the same ingredients, but this time I used a bigger mug which holds about 2-3/4 cup liquid, so that the mixture will have more room to rise while in the microwave and there's no problem of overflowing. I also sprayed the mug with cooking spray before pouring in the mixture. (I think you can use 2 regular size mugs)

I still like my cake baked the conventional way,
but for "emergency" this isn't bad at all.

Here's my modified version:

3 Tb milk
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips morsels
(less chips if you don't want a very chocolaty cake)
1 small size egg, whisked
3 Tb canola oil
4 Tb all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
4 Tb sugar
1/2 cup mini marshmallows (optional)
Nuts (optional)

Melt chocolate chips with the milk in the microwave for about 45 seconds, then mix in the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Spray a mug with a cooking spray then pour in the mixture. Microwave on high for 1 minute to 2 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave.
Notes from MaMely:
1) if baked in the microwave longer than 2 minutes, the cake will be somewhat dry.
2) you can also use Hershey's chocolate bar, (chopped), instead of chocolate chips morsels
3) for an added flavor, add about 3 TB of peanut butter.