Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake

Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake

Wow! This recipe will knock your socks off!  I try not to eat everything we serve in the store on Saturdays or else I’d be as big as a horse. I was actually able to hold off on this gem for two days before I tasted a bit (thank goodness for left-overs). Man, what a treat. It was so good I was thankful there was only one little tiny 2×2 inch square–I could have eaten an entire pan full!

The slight crunchiness of the streusel layer, the brightness of the apples (a bit tart and not over-sweet), the cheesecake-like layer–all of this combined into a single dessert well worth every calorie-filled bite! Seriously…make this today!

 

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Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake
Course Dessert
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Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8x8 inch pan. Combine the butter and sugars for the cake and mix until fluffy. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir into the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chopped apples. Spread into the prepared pan.
  3. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla for the cream cheese layer and spread over the cake batter in the pan.
  4. Combine the streusel ingredients using your hands or a pastry blender until well combined. Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the topping is browned. Cool and serve.
Recipe Notes

Items needed for this recipe that can be found at The Kitchen Company:

  • vanilla
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • mixing bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • 8x8 square baking pans
  • silicone spatulas and spoons
  • bowl scrapers
Rum & Eggnog Bundt Cake

Rum & Eggnog Bundt Cake

“Tis the season!

The season for cakes and cookies and pies and brownies and hot cocoa and mulled wine and spiced cider and hot toddies and cold weather and gifts and visitors and sharing meals and breaking bread and telling stories…so many good things about the holiday season. We love sharing a little bit of sweetness each weekend at The Kitchen Company and, as busy as it can be, the holiday season doesn’t change that for us. Last week we shared so many different goodies but the Rum & Eggnog Bundt Cake was certainly a highlight! If you were able to get a sample, we hope you enjoyed it. If not, below is the recipe for you to make your own.

We hope your holiday season is wonderful!

Frosting recipe here.

 

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Rum & Eggnog Bundt Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minuts
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minuts
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and spray PAM on a 10 or 12-cup Bundt pan
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. beat butter until smooth. Add sugars and beat on medium-high until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  4. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Add rum and vanilla.
  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and eggnog, beginning and ending with flour (3 additions of flour and 2 additions of eggnog). Fully incorporate after each addition. Do not overmix.
  6. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and whack the pan flatly against the counter to evenly distribute.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  8. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Whack the pan flatly on the counter to loosen the cake and then turn it out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Things needed for this recipe that we carry in the store:

  • nutmeg
  • light brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • bundt pans
  • wire racks
  • PAM Cooking Spray
  • KitchenAid stand mixers (really pretty colors)
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cake testers
  • bundt pan cleaning brushes

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

This delicious cookie was served in the store on Saturday, October 5, 2019. It’s not the first time. We’ve served this cookie before. It’s always well-received and nearly always gone before the end of the day. We took this recipe from a book titled Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney published in 2017. It’s a book that we try to keep in stock because it’s so popular and is filled with the most tasty cookies!

The recipe calls for all the basics – flour, sugar, butter, etc -things that you might have on hand. But it also calls for chocolate chips, M&Ms© candies, and creamy peanut butter – things you may need to plan ahead for or pop to the market and purchase. This is exactly the type of recipe that one could easily swap out the “add-ins” if one preferred, say, raisins more than M&Ms©. As you read the recipe instructions you’ll find that, after baking, more chocolate chips and M&Ms© are pressed into the tops of the warm cookies. I submit that pressing a little toasted coconut flakes would also be delicious as well as pretty. You can also view the original recipe–posted in 2013–on her website here where you’ll get to read first-hand Sally’s own comments and musings.

Do you know that our October 2019 Monthly Feature give-away includes two of the items you need to make cookies? You can read more about it here. Make sure you are on our email list which automatically enters you into each of our drawings. You can sign up here. You can also enter by dropping a paper entry into our vase next time you are visiting the store.

Did you get to taste these cookies in the store? Have you made these cookies? Do you plan to make them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Monster Cookies
For this recipe you will need the following items which we carry in the store: Good baking sheet pans | Parchment paper or silicone baking mats | Pure vanilla extract | Stand mixer or hand mixer | Rubber or silicone spatulas |Cookie scoops | Cooling racks | Measuring cups and spoons
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about two minutes. Add the eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about one minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bols and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, add the oast. Once combined, beat in the M&Ms© and chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and sticky. Cover and chill the dough in the refridgerator or at least 20 minutes (and up to four days). If chilling for longer than one hour, allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Scoop balls of dough, two tablespoons (No. 30 scoop) of dough per cookie, and place 3" (7.5 cm) apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, you can press a few more chocolate chips and/or M&Ms© into the tops—this is only for looks!
  7. the cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the staple in home cooking as they are easy to prepare and delicious to consume. Whether you choose to eat them with sweet condiments or savory condiments, you’ll find that a good pancake recipe can be one of the most versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We’ve chosen this recipe from Martha Stewart’s collection. It is a tried and true, never-fail buttermilk pancake recipe that will serve you well for many years. See the original post here.

Did you know that pancakes have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years? Apparently, Otzi the Iceman had remnants of ‘pancakes’ in his stomach when he was discovered in the Italian Alps about 5300 years after he died. You can read about him (and pancakes) here on the National Geographic website. At least when he died, he’d just enjoyed a hearty meal!

Apparently, buttermilk has a long history, too. And the buttermilk you buy in the store today doesn’t necessarily resemble the buttermilk (from actually churning sweet cream into butter) from yesteryear. The acidity in today’s “cultured” buttermilk works with the baking soda to give a lighter texture to your pancake (or any baked goods). You can read more about it here.

We hope you’ll try (and enjoy) this recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart. Let us know in the comments below how you like your pancakes. Sweet? Savory? Fluffy? Thin? Tiny? Huge? The variations are unlimited.

NOTE: This recipe calls for salt. We have several varieties of salt at The Kitchen Company. We also have just the right pancake flipper, ladle, and measure cup or spoon. We even have pancake dispensers for those who really, REALLY like to have uniform pancakes! Come by and see – we’ll be waiting for you!

 

 

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Buttermilk Pancakes
The key to light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch? Don't overmix the batter—it should have small to medium lumps. Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1998
Servings
6" pancakes
Ingredients
Servings
6" pancakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat griddle to 375 degrees f. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and 4 tbsp melted butter; whisk to combine. Do not overmix. Batter should have small to medium lumps
  2. Heat oven to 175 degrees f. Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off the griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 1/2 tsp butter onto the griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.
  3. Using a 4-ounce ladle (about 1/2 cup) pour pancake batter in pools two inches away from one another. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges (about 2 1/2 minutes) flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Repeat with remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven. Serve with your favorite condiments.
Orange-Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

Orange-Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

These pancakes are my go-to item when having guests for breakfast or brunch and they are always a hit. The recipe is tried and true. I found it in a book we used to carry in the store called The Cornbread Gospels by Crescent Dragonwagon. We are no longer able to get the book for the store but it is available through Amazon private sellers and at Barnes & Noble online. At the time of this writing, Powell’s Book Store in Portland was out of stock.

I hope you get as much enjoyment from this recipe as I have.

Cheers,
Roy

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Orange-Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
Course Breakfast
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the cornmeal, white and whole wheat flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
  2. In a smaller bowl, beat the egg then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Stir in the melted butter.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk quickly to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Do not overbeat. Stir in the blueberries.
  4. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. If it is non-stick you will not need oil or butter. If not, melt some butter in the pan and coat. When the skillet is nice and hot, lower the heat slightly to medium and spoon the batter onto it using about 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
  5. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look cooked then flip once and cook until done.
  6. Serve with your favorite tasty toppings - butter, pure maple syrup, coconut flakes, toasted pecans - the list goes on.