Monthly Archives: June 2010

Farmer’s Markets and Apple Pie

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I love when summer comes. You can tell in the air and in the surroundings. Flowers start blooming

 it rains instead of snows, and the farmer’s market comes out. That’s probably one of my favorites. The farmer’s market. Throughout the summer fresh fruits and vegetables are available, homemade baskets, mini doughnuts, and the hats. I love all the different colours of hats at farmer’s markets. The pinks and purples and yellows and reds. They reflect the business of the market. It’s a soothing experience. Our local farmer’s market just opened up for the summer, and the homemade pies looked were amazing.
We got an Apple pie and some cherries. The pie was delicious. As soon as I opened the box, the warm aroma of apples and spices flew at me. Literally. The apples were soft and crisp at the same time, with a beautiful meld of spices. What would normally make a nice, warm, winter snack, became my night time summer snack. The pie crust was nice and flaky but still thick enough to hold the pie. I love pie crust, and this one made number 2 on my list. What’s your favorite farmer’s market sense?

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Daddy’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

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This is a great birthday cake and Father’s Day Cake. It’s one of the few desserts my dad loves, so I love it. With Father’s Day approaching why not make a cake? With whipped cream? and strawberries?

Daddy’s Favorite Chocolate Cake
Family Recipe

1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup rice milk*
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Beat all ingredients at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water. Pour into greased and floured pans. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. 

Side Notes
*you can use milk or water as well. Expect the batter to be runny. I use a bunt pan, you may need to lengthen the time if you use a normal cake pan. And don’t forget to make the whipped cream! Enjoy.

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 I made cinnamon buns on the weekend. Cinnamon Buns with yeast. It was really exciting…they turned out perfectly. I use The Pioneer Woman’s recipe from her book and they were delicious (although she rolls hers really tight). I made a half recipe and got 12, her half recipe would have made around 20. They were ooey gooey goodness. I ended up baking them 15 minutes longer than called for because of the altitude (higher).  

I also found that there was too much icing. Not that it tasted too sweet, but that it soaked through the bottoms. I can’t say I can complain, though. They were fantastic. (I hope to get the recipe up on my blog, or a link to it, soon).