Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin-Carrot Cake

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon Watkins Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
Watkins Cooking Spray
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Lightly spoon flours into measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (flours through salt).

Place eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed or a wisk for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, pumpkin, oil, and butter; beat until well blended.

Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in raisins, carrot, and nuts. Spoon batter into an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake an 8-inch pan for 30 minutes, 9-inch pan for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Frost with cream cheese frosting.

When I made this cake my raisins were dry so I plumped them in a sauce pan with 1/3 cup of water on low heat while I mixed the other ingredients. I drained the excess liquid and added the raisins to the mixture before baking.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Microwave Peanut Brittle

My mom always made peanut brittle for the holidays. She made hers in an electric skillet and used a candy thermometer. This recipe is made in the microwave.

Have all your ingredients ready and together when you start this recipe as you have to move quickly between steps. Prepare your baking sheet first so it is ready when you add the baking soda to the mixture. You have to pour the hot brittle onto the baking sheet and spread it out very fast as it hardens quickly.

1 to 1 1/2 cups raw shelled peanuts, skins removed
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Grease a baking sheet lightly. Combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl and mix well. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes; stir to mix well.

2. Microwave for 4 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla extract.

3. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Add baking soda. Stir quickly until light and foamy.

4. Pour immediately onto prepared baking sheet, spreading thinly. Let stand to cool. Break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container. Makes one pound candy.

Use dry roasted lightly salted peanuts instead of raw peanuts and omit the salt called for in the recipe.


Monday, October 18, 2010

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Free Apple Recipe E-Book - Happy Apple Autumn!

I love autumn with the colorful leaves and the abundance of fresh apples and pumpkins. I have wonderful childhood memories of picking apples and pumpkins with my dad and the aroma of my mom baking apple pies, cakes, and cookies. The warm scent of apples and cinnamon filled the house.

I put together an e-book of apple recipes called Happy Apple Autumn - Apple Recipes From My Kitchen to Yours. This apple recipe e-book is free to copy, download, save, and give away in its entirety. You'll find Happy Apple Autumn here


Eleisia Whitney