Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fresh Peach Pound Cake - My Husband's First Blue Ribbon





Yes, you read the title of this post correctly! My husband won a blue ribbon at the Prince William County Fair for his Fresh Peach Pound Cake! This was his first time ever entering a baking competition. He had been asking me to bake a pound cake and enter it at the fair but I just didn't have the time this summer. It was all I could do to enter the banana bread. Lo and behold he decided to bake one himself and he won! First place no less! I was very happy for him and am not at all surprised. He is an excellent cook - much better than I am. He's worked in the catering business for over 20 year and can carve a mean watermelon and set a table to die for. Both of those talents I do not possess.....I could care less what a table looks like, just give me the food on it!!!!

We had a great time at the beach on Chincoteague Island. I always hate coming back after being at the beach. It's so relaxing. I could hang out at the ocean all day. We stood in a bungalow this time and had a really nice yard. We had visitors every morning and night - the local ducks!!!! They greeted us as soon as we arrived. All different kind of ducks just waiting patiently for some food from us. So cute!

I've baked some bars today and a cake that I'll be posting next week. I have really missed blogging and baking on a more regular basis than I have been lately. With fall around the corner I hope to do lots more baking and posting. Anyway, here is the recipe for my husband's delicious Fresh Peach Pound Cake. The original recipe is in the Special Issue 2010 of Taste of the South magazine. I am posting his version which he only changed slightly.

1 cup unsalted butter, softenend
2 3/4 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp orange extract
1/2 cup sour cream
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups chopped fresh peaches

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 10 tube or Bundt pan with baking spray and flour.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and orange extracts.

Set aside sour cream in a small bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating well to combine. Fold in sour cream and peaches. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour. Cover loosely with foil to prevent browning and bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes longer. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Glaze:

1/3 cup melted butter
2 cups sifted powder sugar
2 tablespoons water (or more if needed)
2 teaspoons coconut extract or to taste

Combine melted butter and powdered sugar in medium size bowl and beat with mixer until blended. Add 1 tablespoon water or more until desired consistency is reached. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of coconut extract. Drizzle onto cooled cake.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Raspberry Cream Pie


All I can say is that you have to make this pie. It is soooo good. I made this last weekend and could not stop eating it. Everyone that ate it loved it and it was gone in no time! It's just so perfect for this time of year. Raspberry prices are low and since it's no bake it's so much less work and very refreshing. I also made this with strawberries but it was not nearly as good as it was with the raspberries. I don't know why but it was not nearly as flavorful and the color was not as nice. It didn't get a really good pink color with the strawberries so I would stick with raspberries for this one.

We are leaving tomorrow for the beach and I have been looking forward to this for weeks. We've been going to Chincoteague for the past few summers and it is a great little island to vacation. You don't have the usual summer crowds like so many other beach towns do this time of year. Hope the weather is good and I may be bringing my laptop with me so I will try and post some pics of the beach while we are there! Have a great weekend and enjoy this pie if you make it! Oh, I have to give Ree from The Pioneer Woman Cooks credit for this!

25 orea cookies, crushed, 1 tablespoon set aside for garnish
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup raspberries
3 tablespoons sugar
1 small vanilla instant pudding mix
2 raspberry Yoplait 99% fat free yogurts
1 cup heavy cream
Additional heavy cream for spooning on top, if desired

Place oreo cookies in food processor and pulse until they become crumbs. Pour into large bowl and add butter and mix with fork until all butter is incorporated. Put into 9" pie plate and flatten and work up to 3/4 of sides of plate. Bake in 350F degree oven for 3 to 4 minutes just until set and let cool completely.

Smash raspberries with fork leaving some large chunks and sprinkle with sugar. Let stand for 20 minutes. In the meantime mix yogurt and vanilla pudding mix for about 30 seconds until incorporated. Add 1 cup heavy cream and mix on low another 30 seconds and then on medium high for around 2 minutes until heavy cream forms peaks. Fold in the raspberries. Pour mixture into cooled pie shell and place in freezer for about 20 minutes and then cover with plastic wrap. I froze this for about 2 hours then removed it from the freezer to serve. Garnish with whipped cream, cookie crumbs and raspberries.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

3rd Place Winner - Butterscotch Banana Bread


I entered this banana bread last week into the Prince William County Fair and it won 3rd place! I am so happy about that since it was in competition with at least 20 other banana breads. This recipe was inspired by Emily of Sugar Plum. I was going to use her recipe but since I had never made it before I wanted to enter something that I had made before. So I chose this banana bread and added butterscotch chips. It was so good! The butterscotch added a great taste to the bread. Thanks for giving me the idea of using the butterscotch Emily!

I have more posts coming up this week. Hopefully when school starts again in 3 weeks my blogging will return to normal. I don't like posting just once a week. Makes me feel "out of touch" with things. But I guess sometimes life just gets in the way and that is a good thing!!!! Anyhow, if you do make this bread just add about 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips to the batter at the very end. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Random Weekend Pictures















Here are some pics from yesterday. The first one is my son's dog Bosco. He has that look on his face that tells us it is just too hot here lately!! The second pic is of my son who is learning how to use the tractor to mow the lawn. I think at 11 years old the time has come and he can definitely help out! The other two pictures are of my granddaughter Farah who turned 1 two weeks ago. She is an aboslutely cutie and as smart as a whip!!!! I can only imagine when she starts talking!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. It's supposed to heat up here again today. I also entered a banana bread in the local county fair and won 3rd place! I will post a picture of it in my next post and the recipe is already on my site. Always fun to win!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Peanut Butter Cup Pie




Another week has just flown by. Is it really August already? What happened to July??? I've been having some work done at my house down in Richmond so I have been up and down I95 so much lately I think I could drive this with my eyes closed! I had the bedrooms down here painted and had new carpeting put in my bedroom and what a difference these things can make. My room looks like a bedroom in a new house! It is so much fun to decorate. I had to buy a new bed too since when my son and I went to move my old bed before the painter came it just collapsed! I bought a metal bed that looks so nice. Of course I had to buy a new comforter set also.....any excuse to buy something new!


This week is also the Prince William County Fair here in Virginia so I plan on entering some baked goods. The first time I ever entered anything I ended up with First Place for banana bread so I am going to give it another try. It's a lot of fun. I love checking out all the baked goods that are entered. Wish I could be a taste tester!


Here is a really easy and delicious recipe for a frozen pie that is perfect for this time of year. No turning on the oven and heating up the house. I found this at Jenn's Food Journey and she has many other great recipes that I will have to try. Give her blog a visit and you won't be disappointed.


1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped peanut butter cups, divided (Make sure these are chilled before you chop them up)
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 chocolate crumb crust (8 or 9 inches)

In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Cover and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

Remove from freezer 15-20 minutes before serving. Garnish with the remaining peanut butter cups.

6-8 servings