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Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink

Today I was making some Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip cookies and had some pumpkin left over.  I was wanting a hot, lightly spicy drink and decided to experiment.  I ended up with a tasty hot drink that could even be served cold.  I’m trying to keep down my sugar intake and decided to make it with sweetener instead of sugar.

1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
1/4 cup sweetener
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbs. pumpkin
dash of salt
McCormick Chai Spice Blend (or Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend)

Scald the milk.  Whisk the egg until slightly frothy.  While whipping the egg, slowly pour in the scalding hot milk.  Make sure you add it slowly so the egg doesn’t get cooked, you don’t want little egg floaties in your drink.   Add the Sweetener, vanilla, pumpkin, and salt to the egg and mix well.   Pour back into the pan and heat to desired temperature, mix in the Chai spice to taste, less than 1/8 teaspoon, it doesn’t take much.  Pour into cups and enjoy.  If desired cold, cool and refrigerate. (Use 1/4 cup sugar instead of sweetener, if desired)

Serves 2

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Saturday, November 28th, 2009 Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink No Comments

Aunt Rose’s Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh apples make this cake moist and full of flavor.  Fresh apple cake is one of my favorite desserts.

Aunt Rose, you would love her.  92 years old with a heart and spirit that is timeless.  Every year for our family reunion, she bakes a couple Fresh Apple Cakes.  They are the center of several family fun-loving disputes, like “where is the other cake?  Who ran off with it?”  All of us love the appley goodness that is topped with cream cheese icing.  Mmmmmmm…  thoughts of it make my mouth water.  Aunt Rose lives hundreds of miles away and I get cravings for the cake more than once a year when she is around to cook it so I asked her for the recipe.  Well…  it looked the same, but the taste?  No, not the same cake!  I made a point of being in the kitchen with her when she made it a couple years ago and watched what she put in.  Like other good cooks, she had her secrets…  I caught her embellishing the recipe that she had given me…  In went a few more spices.  I questioned her about that and the fact she hadn’t put that in the recipe ingredients she had given me and she said “Ohhhh…  I just throw in a few extra spices I feel like, at the time.”  Of course, I forgive her, for I’ve done the same to favorite recipes.  And who couldn’t forgive her?  After all, she is AUNT ROSE!

4 cups grated apples (preferably tart ones)
2 cups sugar
½ cup corn oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ to ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (or more to make the batter a little thicker than regular cake batter)
1 cup walnuts

Set oven at 350.

Mix first four ingredients, apples through eggs, in a large bowl and let stand for 30 minutes.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center springs back when touched.  Remove from oven and cool.  Frost with basic cream cheese frosting.  (Aunt Rose added some cloves and allspice to taste.)

Aunt Rose's Apple Cake

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Monday, November 16th, 2009 What's Cooking No Comments

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