Posts Tagged ‘Vanilla extract


Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Here’s a recipe that Diane made, a rich sweet pound cake. A small slice suffices even without coffee.



marble cake

A cake doesn’t have to be just for special occasions, a cake can serve as a simple dessert and a lot more cost effective than buying store bought cakes and pastries.

This is just a modification of a previous recipe, reserve a portion of the batter usually 1/3 to 1/2 , and mix in chocolate, usually melted, to the reserved batter.


Now spoon or layer in the chocolate batter over layers of the plain batter. Swirl the batter now, in the cake pan, with a knife.

Bake as usual.The cake along with bread recently baked.

IMG_7701Done. Not frosted, makes a convenient snack. Good for lunches.


Favorite yellow cake

From the Good Housekeeping Cookbook

An exercise in baking a cake. A simple recipe for a yellow cake other than using a box mix. Recently worked on oven, checking temperature settings.

Oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit

2 and 1/4 cups cake flour (I used all purpose flour)
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 and 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder
3/4 cup of shortening

3/4 cup milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

I split the wet and dry ingredients……


The original recipe has you put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix.



Using a fluted pan here instead of two layer or cupcakes.

greased and floured



Batter mixed for 5 minutes… Do you taste your batter ?    I do .



Into the pan..


Into the oven… About 35 minutes later….


cooling off….


It did stick a bit, but a decent cake for a short amount of work.

The 3 eggs give this cake a medium body, not like the killer pound cake recipe Diane bakes.

Plain for the lunchbox or served with fresh, frozen or canned fruit this cake makes a good base for a dessert creation.


grainola cookies, light and dark

two cookie recipes, both made with

One made with white flour the other with spent grains.

this is a modified oatmeal cookie recipe. scaled in half

1/2 cup butter (original recipe calls for shortening)

1/2 cup white granulated

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup all purpose flour (alternate dark recipe with stout spent grains from brewing)

1 teaspoon baking soda

about 1 and 1/2 cups granola mix from

preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit

grease or use parchment paper on cookie sheets.

typical cookie assembly,

beat the butter and sugars

add egg and vanilla

combine flour (or spent grains) baking soda and salt.

add to the butter mixture

stir in the granola

put on cookie sheets, rounded tablespoons, two inches apart

(is it two inches from the edge of the dough or two inch on centers?)

bake 10 to 12 at 350 degrees, mine flattened quite a bit into crunchy cookies

very tasty, the spent grain cookies have a molasses/ chocolaty taste.








recipe using spent  grains



comparison of cookies



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