Sunday, June 22, 2014

Vanilla Cake

Happy Birthday to the Monkey! I used this recipe for vanilla cake and then did a simple cream cheese frosting for the top. She wanted it all vanilla - with a bluebird on it being caught by a falcon... so I did my best. :)

Note: I would add 1/2 tsp salt next time. Personally, I missed the salt. It held together really, really well though coming out of the pans. Also, I baked my 9" rounds for 40 minutes, which is longer than the recipe suggests for that size.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Banana Nut Waffles

Go here for the recipe. I prefer a pretty fine grind on the pecans. And I ended up doubling the recipe and adding probably a 1/2 cup more milk to thin it out. We ran out of syrup so I made a simple syrup to go with it.

Simple Syrup

1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pureed fruit

Whisk water and sugar in a saucepan. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and fruit (frozen peaches are my favorite but berries are great too). Mix and serve.

Note: Use maple flavoring instead of vanilla and omit the fruit. Use 1/3 cup jam or jelly if you don't have any fruit.