Saturday, March 31, 2018

Blueberry Torte

Blueberry Torte
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Decisions, decisions, decisions! There are so many yummy desserts that can be baked to enjoy after a delicious Easter Dinner.  What would be the choice??  Last night the vote was cast!  Blueberry Torte!  A slice of Blueberry Torte served with vanilla ice cream.  That led to a package of frozen local blueberries from our large freezer to be placed in the fridge to defrost overnight.

A slice will be served with vanilla ice cream
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This dessert is always so good.  A light cinnamon flavored cake filled with blueberries.  It taste delicious any time of year.  Did I mention that this dessert is easy to prepare?  It is.

I use 1 Whole Egg + Egg Whites along with Soy Milk when preparing the cake batter.

Click here for my recipe!

The afternoon is moving along and I need to get started!  Now, it's time for me to pull up my recipe on my iPad and get started.


Happy Easter!!!


Friday, March 16, 2018

~A Welcome Sight!~

What a welcome sight!  Every year I await the first Crocus sprouting up.  Usually the first flowers are located near our front bushes.  Not this year!  This lavender Crocus sprouted in our lawn.  They do every year, but just not the first visible flower in our yard.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Best Ever Irish Soda Bread

Best Ever Irish Soda Bread!
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It's like clockwork!  Every year about a week before St. Patrick's Day I check to see if I have unsalted Butter in the fridge.  Buttermilk is always on the top shelf.  Raisins in the pantry, too.  Those are 3 of the needed ingredients to bake an Irish Soda Bread.  Every year on St. Patrick's Day we enjoy a slice of this light sweet tasty bread at breakfast.  It's also called Spotted Dog!  

This week I've baked 3 of these yummy breads.  One son had a bread delivered and the other son will have one delivered, soon.  
Sliced & packaged!

The third bread is for my DH & me to enjoy.  Oh yum!! 

It's become a tradition with me to share with all of you how I discovered this best ever Irish Soda Bread.  I post this story every year:  

"I'll always remember the year I was "googling" for an Irish Soda Bread recipe that used 1 Cup of Buttermilk.  That's all I had in the fridge.  There was the recipe on the blog Charli and Me written by Carol.  Carol shared that this great recipe originally came from the Will O'Glenn Irish Bed and Breakfast in Michigan with Mrs. Biddy Gahan sharing it.  I'm always so happy that all of these kind folks passed it along!  I use unsalted & fat free/ low fat ingredients & it's so good!  Every year I bake this Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day & also a couple of other times during the year.

One year in my haste, I melted the unsalted Butter in the microwave.  I then learned that it was much easier to mix the cooled melted Butter with the flour mixture, so that has now become my method.  I also add the drained Raisins and stir in before adding in the Buttermilk. 

Some Hints:
  • Melt, then cool Butter before using. 
  • Before placing the very sticky dough in the pie plate, rub a little Butter on your hands, so the dough will not stick to your hands.
  • Spray the pie plate with PAM.
Ready for the oven!
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Best Ever Irish Soda Bread 
Oven:  400°F, then lowered to 375°F.

Total Baking Time:  40 - 45 Minutes

1 and 1/2 Cups Raisins
1 Cup Boiling Water
* * * * * * *
1 stick unsalted Butter 
2 and 1/2 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
5 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Cup Buttermilk, can be Fat Free or Low Fat

PAM- to spray on pie plate

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray Pyrex pie plate with PAM.
  3. In a small bowl combine Raisins & boiling water.  Let sit while preparing dough.
  4. Melt Butter.  Cool.
  5. In large mixing bowl combine Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder & Sugar.
  6. Add melted Butter to dry ingredients.  Stir in.
  7. Add drained Raisins.  Stir.
  8. Add Buttermilk.  Stir.
  9. Shape the dough into a ball after placing in pie plate.  **Dough will be sticky.
  10. Bake 15 Minutes at 400°F.
  11. Then, lower oven temperature to 375°F.  Bake 25- 30 Minutes longer.
  12. Use a cake tester or toothpick to test for "doneness".
  13. Remove bread from pie plate to a cooling rack.
  14. Cool on rack.
  15. Wait at least 5 hours before cutting into slices.
  16.  Enjoy!
***Before removing from pie plate, I use a knife to separate bread from pie plate edge.  A spatula also helps to lift the bread to the cooling rack.

This is the best Irish Soda Bread I've ever tested, 2 thumbs up!!!  It is yummy served warm or cold.  However, heating a slice in the microwave for a few seconds is just the best.

2 slices are also placed in our freezer to enjoy sometime in the next 2 weeks.

Put unsalted Butter & Buttermilk on your grocery list!  Raisins, too, if you do not have 1 and 1/2 Cups ready to use.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

~March 6, 1930~

My Freezer Door
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It was on March 6, 1930!  The location was Springfield, MA!  That was the day that Clarence Birdseye test marketed his new product- frozen food!  That was way before my time, but Springfield is just north of my town.  What an interesting story of Massachusetts history!   

This inventor was born in 1886 in Brooklyn, NY & attended Amherst College in Amherst, MA for a period of time. Later, when Clarence lived in Labrador with his young family it was challenging to feed his family.  It was during this time that he watched the Eskimos "quick freeze" their food.  His interest in "quick freezing" grew.  Now, his name Birdseye is so familiar to us.  We see it on packages of frozen foods in the grocery stores.

For the complete story from MassMoments click here.  I always enjoy reading Massachusetts history!!!  

Thank you Mr. Birdseye!!!
We enjoy your idea!!!


Friday, March 2, 2018

Dr. Seuss Day!!

Stacked up!

March 2 ...
to you,
Dr. Seuss!!!

Memories from a FuN visit to
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum (in Springfield, MA) this past autumn.