Saturday, October 16, 2010

Apple Cake and Butter Sauce

My friend found this in a Taste of Home magazine and served it at a baby shower.  This stuff is heavenly. 

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 large Granny apples, peeled and grated

Butter Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half or cream
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in apples.

2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugars and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over warm cake.

Cheesy Meatball Soup

My kids love those frozen meatballs you get in a huge bag from Costco so I am always looking for new recipes to make with them (you can only do Grape Jelly and Chili sauce so many times.)

I decided to try making a soup with them one day and this is what I came up with.  Surprisingly, it was really good!

**Disclosure:  I threw this together, measurements are estimates...use your best judgment**
4-5 red potatoes cut up into bite sized pieces (I didn't bother peeling them but you obviously could)
3 tbls butter
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green pepper, diced
1 can sliced carrots, drained
1 cup chopped broccoli
6 cups broth or water with bouillon (I did beef, but chicken would be fine)
20 or so meatballs (however many you'd like)
2 tsp Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 jar of processed cheese or 1/2 of the large package of Velveeta cheese


1. Boil potatoes for about 10 minutes until softened a little bit. Drain and set aside

2. In large pot, sautee onion and peppers (you can add celery, too) in the butter until onions are transleucent

3. Add potatoes, carrots, beans, broccoli (and any other veggies you'd like, i.e. corn, beans, etc.) , broth,, meatballs and bring to boil.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

4. Add Tabasco sauce and cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted.


Pumpkin Cobbler

My sister mentioned pumpkin cobbler on her blog the other day and my mouth started watering.  It is that time of the year, and this is one of my favorites. 

1 package yellow cake mix  (save 1 cup for topping)
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or your choice of spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg)
1/2 cup white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk

1 cup yellow cake mix (dry)
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine all but 1 cup of the cake mix, 1 egg, and melted butter and press into 9x13 pan

3. Mix pumpkin, 2 eggs, spices, 1/2 cup sugar, and milk. Pour pumpkin mixture over the cake mix crust.

4. Combine 1 cup cake mix and 3/4 cup sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup softened butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture on top of pumpkin mixture.

5. Bake for 45-55 minutes (do not overbake...should have a slight jiggle.)

EAT!  This is awesome warm or cold, with Cool whip, ice cream, or plain.  I saw a recipe that "frosted" it with a cream cheese/cool whip spread, which sounds heavenly!  I'll have to try that and will update if I think it's worth the extra effort.