Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake


There's nothing more beautiful than fall colours. This shot was taken of a tree in our backyard. We have the most beautiful view!

Now, onto the cake!



We served this cake for (Canadian) Thanksgiving. It was a hit with everyone!





Pumpkin Chiffon Cake from Everyday with Rachael Ray


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, separated, plus 5 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks and pumpkin puree. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.
  2. Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the remaining 9 egg whites at medium speed until foamy, about 2 minutes. With the machine on, gradually whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar; increase the speed to high and beat until stiff but still moist, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add one-quarter of the egg white mixture to the pumpkin batter, folding with a rubber spatula just until no streaks remain. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture in the same manner. Pour the batter into a 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom and bake until springy to the touch and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 minutes.
  4. Let cool in the cake pan for 5 minutes, then invert the pan onto a narrow-necked bottle and let hang upside down until completely cool, about 1 1/2 hours. (See photo below) Place the cake right side up and remove the pan. To serve, dust the cake with the confectioners’ sugar.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies

Fall has arrived! Let the autumnal baking begin! We thought we would start off the season with some choice vegan blondies. These are a peanut butter overload in the best possible way. We can always count on Post Punk Kitchen for delicious vegan treats. They're really quick and easy so make them now!



Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies by Post Punk Kitchen
3/4 cup peanut butter 
1/3 cup canola oil
 
1 cup
 brown sugar 
1/4 unsweetened almond milk
 (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 
1 cup all purpose flour
 
1/2 teaspoon salt
 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 
1/3 cup peanuts and dairy-free chocolate chips (for tops of blondies)
Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Lightly grease a metal 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
In a mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together peanut butter, oil and sugar. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder. Once you get the flour somewhat mixed in, its easier to just use your hands to knead the dough until soft. It will be very very thick and wont spread on its own. Transfer dough to the baking pan and press it into place. Sprinkle on the peanuts and lightly press them into the top.
Bake for 20 minutes, the Blondie edges should be just barely darkened. The top will appear soft, and thats okay. Remove from oven and cool completely before slicing into 12 squares.



Saturday, October 1, 2011

Supeer Saturday - Special Edition

Well,
since I missed Wonderful Wednesday I thought I would try my hand at a Super Saturday..and here it goes!

I'd like to dedicate this Special Edition Super Saturday to a little place i like to call Magic Kingdom in a certain Walt Disney World, Florida.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom...so HAPPY 40TH!

With the chilly, breezy weather that has blown in over night I am really wishing I could be there to celebrate the occasion in person!

Here are a few things I'd like:


super cool commemorative ceramic cups!


a super cute special edition vase


super colourful and sweet 40th anniversary plates. 

and here are a few things i'd like to see....in person....right now:

Awww nothing beats rollin' through this toll booth early in the morning!

 40 years old as well...looking good! 999 Happy Haunts ready to celebrate...and waiting for one more!


probably one of my favourite parts of the ride! i still get scared!


Yeeehaaw! the wildest ride in the west!
"Arrgh I think me spots a celebration hap'nin"

and here's a little something i know caitlin would love!



 the home of space mountain and the tomorrowland transit authority...what's not to love?!


the famous ride itself! 
"paging mr. morrow, mr. tom morrow!"
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Hope you have a SUPER SATURDAY!

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