“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.
Rum & Eggnog Bundt Cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup eggnog room temperature
- 2 tbsp rum or rum extract
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350F and spray PAM on a 10 or 12-cup Bundt pan
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.
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).
Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Add rum and vanilla.
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.
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and whack the pan flatly against the counter to evenly distribute.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
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.
Things needed for this recipe that we carry in the store:
- light brown sugar
- bundt pans
- wire racks
- PAM Cooking Spray
- KitchenAid stand mixers (really pretty colors)
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- cake testers
- bundt pan cleaning brushes
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.
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
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar granulated
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 eggs large
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats quick cook variety
- 1 1/2 cups M&Ms© mini or regular size, plus more for topping
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus more for topping
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
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.
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.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
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.
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!
the cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
This recipe is from the NordicWare site. We’ve chosen to include it here because of our October 2019 Featured Give-away.
Cooking your entire meal on a single sheet pan makes dinners easy and delicious and cleanup is a breeze. After you try this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below. And don’t be afraid to experiment and change things up based on what you have on hand. The original recipe (as shown here) is southwest inspired but could easily be changed up by substituting different spices. You could use any summer squash in lieu of zucchini. Let your imagination (and your spice pantry) go crazy.
You’ll find the following items that were used in this recipe at The Kitchen Company.
** Used in this recipe **
- NordicWare Baker’s Half Sheet Pan
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Mixing spoons
- Chef’s knives
- Oven mitts/potholders
** Optional tools **
- Silpat half sheet pan non-stick liner (optional)
- Corn Cutter (for getting the kernels off fresh cobs) (optional)
- Garlic peelers and mincers
Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash
- oil for the pan (or use a Silpat)
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
- 2 zucchini sliced or cubed
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1/2 red onion sliced
- 1 (15oz) can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 cup corn fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper
- 6 eggs
Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly oil or spray Baker's Half Sheet pan. Place sweet potatoes in microwave safe bowl and precook for 3-5 minutes. Alternately you can pre-parbake them or steam them for 8-10 minutes. When they are cool enough to handle, mix the cubed sweet potatoes with the zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, black beans, corn, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika.
Spread the mixture evenly onto prepared half sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and, using a spoon, make six wells in the vegetables for the eggs. Crack an egg into each well. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper and return to the oven for an additional 7-9 minutes or more depending on how you like your eggs. Serve immediately.
This lovely little pancake is from the Breakfast At Morning Glory cookbook by Patty Groth. Patty owns Morning Glory Restaurant in Ashland Oregon. Her cookbook is available at the restaurant and, if you are lucky, you may even get an autographed edition!
Morning Glory opened in 1997 in a converted 1926 craftsman style house at 1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Their specialty is breakfast but lunches are popular as well. They are open seven days a week (thank goodness for us!) from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm. If you are anywhere in the Rogue Valley or southern Oregon in general, it’s most certainly worth a trip to Ashland for breakfast (or lunch) in this well-loved establishment. Give them a call if you need any further information 541-488-8636
In honor of our celebration of National Pancake Day (September 26) and our pancake-palooza in the store on Saturday, September 28, 2019, we’ve been adding pancake recipes to our (slowly growing) collection of recipes. This is one of our favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Roy (& Frank)
NOTE: This recipe contains cocoa powder. The Kitchen Company carries two types of cocoa powder by Guittard, makers of fine chocolate products for 150 years and based in the US.
These wonderfully thin pancakes have a richness to them that comes from the addition of cocoa. The batter seems thin but it thickens as it rests. Best if made the day before serving, covered and refrigerated. Just slice your bananas and add to the batter or serve on top. We do both. Serve with walnut butter or lemon butter and pure maple syrup.
NOTE: reprinted from the book Breakfast At Morning Glory – Recipes, Mishaps and Adventures from the Little Blue House by Patty Groth
Buckwheat Banana Pancakes
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup buckwheat
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine flour, buckwheat, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together eggs, milk, and vegetable oil and add to the dry mix. Whisk to combine.
If leaving until tomorrow, cover and put in the refrigerator. If cooking today, let the batter rest a bit.
Cook on a hot, greased pancake griddle.
Flip when bubbles appear on the tops and cook for two more minutes
Who doesn’t love a delicious perfectly cooked pancake? Pancakes can be savory or sweet, breakfast or dinner, silver dollar sized or dinner plate sized. But no matter how you like your pancakes, you should
- start with a great batter made with the best ingredients you can get
- patiently cook your pancakes on a pan that heats evenly
- carefully flip your pancakes when ready
Below is our version of the perfect thick and fluffy pancake.
This is a perfect recipe for thick and fluffy pancakes.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour Not self-rising
- 6 tsps non-aluminum baking powder Not baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2.5 cups whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbls butter melted
In a large measuring cup, mix the eggs and milk well.
In an appropriate sized bowl that will accommodate all the ingredients, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
Add the melted butter to the egg/milk mixture then immediately pour it into the well in the dry ingredients.
Stir until just combined using a silicone spoon or spatula to draw the dry ingredients up from the bottom.
DO NOT OVER MIX
The batter should be lumpy and thick but decently incorporated.
Allow the batter to rest while you select your griddle or fry pan allowing time for it to heat to medium/medium high (you know your stove best).
When you flick a few droplets of water on your pan and they dance around, your pan is ready.
Add a little butter (or bacon grease) to the pan and coat it evenly.
Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip from your batter bowl and pour the mixture onto the waiting griddle/pan.
Do not flip the pancakes until bubbles appear and pop. If your pancakes are burning before they are bubbling then turn down your heat.
Once they have bubbled and popped, flip them and let the other side cook. When they're done, they should slide on the pan easily.
Serve immediately with your choice of "garnishes".