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Chocolate Pound Cake with Orange Glaze

With just a few tweaks I made my grandmothers chocolate pound cake with a bit of a Florida twist.  Florida oranges with a delicious chocolate cake, so good.  You just can’t go wrong with a chocolate cake and orange glaze.  It’s sweet yet tangy all in one bite.  Another refreshing recipe just for you.   I’m so grateful for a grandmother who shares her recipes, and this is one for the books.  The recipe book that is.

Ingredients

Pound Cake:   

3 sticks of unsalted butter (room temp)

3 cups sugar     

5 eggs                   

3 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder   

1/2 tsp salt   

4 tbsp. cocoa powder      

1 cup of gran. sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Orange Glaze:

1 tbsp. fresh orange juice

1 tsp. orange extract

1 – 2 cups of confectioners sugar

Candied Orange Peel

1 Orange

1 cup of water

1 cup whole milk

 

 

Chocolate Pound Cake with Orange Glaze

Instructions

1. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

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2. Add in eggs one at a time and beat well after each egg.

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3. Sift the rest of the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

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4. Scoop and dump in sifted dry ingredients (a cup at a time) and pour in milk (1/4 cup at a time) by alternating them.  Blend well after each addition.

5. Add vanilla extract and beat well.

6. Grease tube pan or bundt pan with butter (or shortening) and if you’d like, dust it with cocoa powder (or flour).

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

8. Add in the blended ingredients using a spatula and bake for 70 to 75 minutes.

9. While the cake is baking, peel the skin off of an orange.  Slice the peel into thin strips.

10. Heat 1 cup of water in a pot on the stove.  Add in sliced orange peel and simmer for about 15 minutes.

11. Add in a little more than 3/4 cup of sugar and stir.  Continue to let simmer on medium low heat until the sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally so that it stays a simple syrup instead of caramel.

12. Drain the orange peels using a metal strainer and spread the peels out onto parchment paper on a pan.

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13. Sprinkle the orange peels with the remainder of the sugar.

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14. When the cake is finished baking, let it stand and cool before removing it from the pan.

15. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Place orange peels in the oven for one hour.  The candied orange slices should be hard and dry when finished baking (set them aside for later).

16. Whip together the orange extract, orange juice and confectioners sugar until you get a nice smooth glaze that is easy to pour but thick enough to not run off the cake.

17. Cut off the end/bottom of the pound cake so that it sits perfectly on the cake stand or large dish and let it finish cooling.  Then carefully drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.

18. Sprinkle candied orange peel over the top of the cake.

19. Slice, serve and enjoy!

 

 

Hope you enjoy a Florida twist on an Alabama favorite family recipe.  What is your all time favorite recipe from grandma?

Katie

Thanks for sharing your delicious chocolate pound cake recipe Bigmama!  I love that family recipes can be passed down from generation to generation.

Chocolate Pound Cake with Orange Glaze

Chocolate Pound Cake with Orange Glaze

Chocolate Pound Cake with Orange Glaze

Crafty Jar Holder

Reuse what you have to increase storage and organization in your home.

There are so many ways you can use this piece and it seriously only cost 5 to 10 dollars to complete.

The below steps are guidelines and are not meant to be exact for viewers.  You can use what you have in your home to make it work for you.  Make sure you measure and level before doing all the painting.

Steps:

1. Keep jars after you have used them (pickle jars, jam jars, sauce jars, etc) and make sure to soak and scrape off labels

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2. Cut the wood

3. Drill holes for jar wire holders

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4. Sand the wood

5. Add hangers on the back of the wood

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6. Stain the wood

7. Paint the wood (Check your garage for any left over paint or check out the clearance section of Lowes or Homedepot)

8. Add Stencil for name or title

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9. Add the wires with jars and make sure they are tight (label them if necessary).  The neat things about these wire cords is that they can be loosened and tightened.

10. Hang on the wall

11. Fill them with many different items.  Things you just enjoy or things you are trying to organize.  We are using our crafty jar holders for our children to put their money earned.  A SHARE jar and a SPEND jar.  We are hoping to teach them the importance of spending/saving money wisely as well as learn to give to others in need.

I hope you enjoyed this How To; let me know what you think and be sure to share what you would put in your jars 🙂

Thanks,

Katie

Pumpkin Pie Scones

This scone recipe is based off of one of my all time favorite pumpkin pie recipes.  A pie recipe that does not require a crust.  It’s a simple yet delicious recipe.  The pumpkin flavor isn’t over powering and the tasty topping is a sweet treat with each bite.  Smelling them bake in the oven is just such a glorious aroma.  My mouth waits in anticipation each time I bake them.  To help distract you from watching the timer like I do, prep a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy with the scones.  They pair so well together.  Hope you enjoy.

I’d like to thank Betty Crocker Cookbook from the 1990’s for the delicious pie recipe.  It has been so much fun to modify and play around with this new pumpkin scone recipe.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour (sifted)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅛ tsp salt

1 stick of frozen butter grated

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Cream cheese icing (4 to 6 oz whipped cream cheese, 1 to 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tbsp soft butter)

Brown Sugar Topping

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tbsp softened/melted butter

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, pumpkin spice and salt.   
  4. Using a cheese grater (large holes) grate one stick of frozen butter and blend it into  the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. 
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, heavy cream, vanilla extract, honey and pumpkin puree.  
  6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Carefully add in the cream cheese icing. Don’t over blend it but make sure you don’t have large sections of it.
  8. Pat the dough out into a rectangular shape (like a flat log) that is about 1 inch thick.  Cut into 6 – 8 equal wedges (you can use a pizza cutter).  
  9. Arrange the wedges on your baking sheet or scone pan.    
  10. To make the topping, melt the butter carefully in a pan on the stove.  Add in the brown sugar and oats and mix well.
  11. With your fingers, press in a decent amount of the topping onto each scone.
  12. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes depending on your oven (I rotate mine after 10 to 12 minutes).
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying.

What a delicious remake of an old pumpkin pie recipe into a decadent scone. Autumn is such a wonderful season.  It’s hard not to think of autumn without pumpkin.  One of my favorite pumpkin pie recipes is crust-less.  That’s right, no crust.  Instead, you cover the pie with a brown sugar topping that holds it all together, while adding a bit more sweetness.  That’s what makes these pumpkin pie scones taste even better and adds some crunch. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and enjoy.

 

Katie

 

Raspberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

This scone recipe is a bit more work than the rest of my scone recipes, but it’s so worth it!  It is a refreshing treat in this Florida heat.  The lemon glaze compliments the raspberry scone so well.  It’s that sweet yet sour flavor that is just a breath of fresh air.  So if you are looking for something to heighten the taste buds, this is it!

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Ingredients:

Scones

2 cups flour

⅓ cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 stick of butter (frozen and grated)

1 egg

¼ sour cream

⅓ cup raspberry curd

½ cup fresh raspberries

3 to 4 tbsp cream cheese filling

Raspberry Curd   (Do this FIRST)

6 oz raspberries

3 egg yolks

¾ cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

8 tbsp butter (room temp and cut into chunks)

 

 

Cream Cheese Filling

2 tbsp butter (room temp)

3 oz cream cheese (room temp)

¼ tsp vanilla extract

¾ cups powdered sugar

 

 

Lemon Glaze

1 tsp Lemon extract

1 tsp Lemon Juice

1 to 2 cups Confectioners sugar

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Prep table area with a sprinkle of flour and cutting blade.
  4. Puree raspberries in a food processor.
  5. Zest 3 to 4 lemons.  

     

  6. Using a double broiler (you can use a small pot with a glass bowl like I did). Add water to the pot and put on low heat.  
  7. Combine egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest and pureed raspberries into the glass bowl.  Make sure to cook over low heat and whisk for 8 minutes before adding the powdered sugar and continue to whisk for a few more minutes, until thickened.  IMG_1046
  8. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter.
  9. Strain the curd filling by pushing it through the strainer into a glass bowl.  This way you have less seeds in the curd.Raspberry Curd Filling
  10. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd so there won’t be a skin later.  Then refrigerate until it is chilled.  Raspberry Curd Filling
  11. In a large bowl, sift the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  
  12. Using a cheese grater (large holes) grate one stick of frozen butter and blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  
  13. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, and raspberry curd.  
  14. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  15. Sprinkle in the fresh raspberries.
  16. To make the cream cheese filling, whip together room temp butter, whipped cream cheese, vanilla extract and confectioners sugar using a hand held unit.
  17. Carefully add in the cream cheese filling. Gently fold and spread the raspberries and cream cheese filling throughout the ingredients. Don’t over blend it but make sure you don’t have large sections of it.
  18. Pat the dough out into a rectangular shape (like a flat log) that is about 1 inch thick.  Cut into 6 – 8 equal wedges (you can use a pizza cutter).
  19. Arrange the wedges on your baking sheet or scone pan.   
  20. Bake scones for 12 minutes and then rotate pan and bake an additional 2 to 3 mins until golden brown.
  21. While scones are baking, whip together lemon extract, lemon juice and confectioners sugar until thick but easily pour-able.
  22. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before pouring the lemon glaze over each scone.

The raspberry curd and cream cheese filling can be made ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator to make it a bit easier. Thank you for your interest in my recipe and I hope you enjoy!

Katie

Creamy Southern Style Potato Salad

A nice summer, southern tradition.  Just add a grilled burger and slice of watermelon and your set for a wonderful backyard feast.  Don’t forget the sweet tea too.  This creamy yet tangy potato salad is one of my favorite side dishes.  Usually I’m too lazy to make it and I just end up buying a small container from Publix; but there is just something about homemade potato salad that makes the taste and occasion seem so much better.

I’ve added in some tips and tricks that I’ve learned from other recipe bloggers and from experience that will save you some time.  It takes about 45 mins, maybe an hour to prep and make this delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

3 lbs potatoes diced

4 hard boiled eggs

½ cup chopped celery

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

4 to 5 bacon strips (cooked and crumbled)

¼ cup diced chive onions

 

Dressing:

⅔ cup olive oil mayo

⅔ cup sour cream

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp yellow mustard

½ tsp celery salt

1 tbsp pickle relish

1 tsp paprika

 
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Directions:

1. Fill a large pot half way with water and place on the stove. Then dice the potatoes and place them into the pot.

2. Turn the stove to high heat and boil the diced potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes.

3.  QUICK TIP 1 – Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Place eggs into a muffin tin and bake for 28 to 30 minutes for boiled eggs.

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4. QUICK TIP 2 – Cook your bacon on a George Foreman Grill.  It cooks faster and is more crispy.  Also the grease is easier to clean up. When bacon is done, lay the strips on a paper towel on a plate to cool.

5. Chop the celery and chives and put to the side until later.

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6. Using a medium size bowl, mix the mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar and mustard.  Then add in relish, celery salt, and paprika. Mix until well blended.

7. Place a large glass dish with cold water (add ice) on the counter near the oven.  When the eggs are done baking, place them one at a time quickly into the ice water.  Let them sit for 10 minutes before peeling and dicing them.

8. QUICK TIP 3 – Strain the diced potatoes and let them cool in the refrigerator.  While they cool off, get a large serving dish that will be easy to mix all the finished ingredients.

9. Pour half the dressing into the serving dish.  Dump in half of the potatoes, all the diced eggs and celery.  Then pour in the rest of the dressing before dumping the rest of the potatoes.  Mix well.

10.  Once mixed well add salt and pepper to your liking.

11. Sprinkle bacon, parsley and chives over the top of the potato salad and it is ready to serve.

 

Hope you enjoy my take on a traditional potato salad dish.  It’s summer worthy.

Katie