Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf Cake

October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s finally cloudy and raining here in Seattle. I’m embracing it, which means lots of Netflix and sweatpants. Fall weather also means baking. Latest favorite? The whole wheat applesauce loaf cake from Eat, Live, Run.
Whole Wheat Applesauce Cake
From Eat, Live, Run
Cake ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Frosting ingredients:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
To Make:
1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9″x5″ loaf pan.
2) Using an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until smooth. Then stir in the egg and vanilla extract.
3) Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg). Add to the other ingredients along with the applesauce.
4) Spread in the loaf pan using a spatula to smooth. Bake in oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out smooth.
5) To make the frosting, beat all the ingredients together until smooth. Once the loaf is cool spread the frosting and serve! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been getting on these obsessive ingredient kicks lately. You remember the peach recipes and I had a few huckleberry posts too. Currently I’m embracing the fall cliche that is pumpkin everything. Food Network did an excellent job on these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I even used them to meet some awesome neighbors across the street!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (can use less if you’re using salted butter)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
To Make:
1) Preheat your oven to 350 and spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray
2) Cream butter until soft then slowly add sugars until fluffy. Add one egg at a time until well mixed. Now, dump in the vanilla and pumpkin and beat until incorporated.
3) In separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg). A little at a time, mix in with wet ingredients. Once flour is in, stir in the chocolate chips.
4) Put dough on cookie sheets by the tablespoon. These don’t spread out too much so don’t worry about them running into each other. Bake for 15-20 minutes (mine only took 15) or until edges are browned. The tops won’t get very brown. Take out and let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes then put on cooling rack. Make a plate for a neighbor & enjoy!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s fall. I’m wearing scarves & boots and cooking things with pumpkin. Easiest & most delicious pumpkin thing so far? Pumpkin cream cheese. This would be so fantastic to have out at a brunch bar or to hoard to yourself and smother on top of bagels every morning.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Ingredients:
  • 8 oz cream cheese. Low-fat if you must
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1) Soften the cream cheese for about 10 seconds in the microwave. Using a hand mixer, mix all ingredients until smooth. Boom. You’re done. Enjoy!

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