Sunday, November 9, 2014

White Texas Sheet Cake

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 The pictures don't do this cake justice- it is amazingly delicious! I have never had traditional Texas sheet cake, but I plan to make it in the near future! It came out moist, just dense enough, and not overly sweet. The only thing I did wrong, is I didn't pour the frosting on when the cake was just out of the oven (rookie mistake!). I will definitely be making this again, and I'm interested to see what the difference in texture is! This is a perfect dessert to bring to a potluck. It's so yummy!!! Oh, and if you haven't tried any Taste of Home recipes, I highly recommend them! Many of our family's favorites come from their cookbooks and magazines!

1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
up to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I only used 3 1/2, and it was perfect)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In a large saucepan, bring butter and water just to a oil. Immediately remove from the heat; stir in the flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, salt, baking powder, almond extract, and baking soda until smooth.
Pour into a greased 15" x 10" x 1" baking pan. Bake at 375 for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and cake is golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes. 
For the frosting, in a large saucepan, combine butter and milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in sugar and extract. Stir in walnuts, if desired; spread over warm cake. 

{Kudos to The Taste of Home Baking Book!}

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Magic Custard Cake

This recipe is my first ever time baking or eating a custard, and I was very happy with it! I love textures of food, and this is amazing! It is from one of my very favorite food blogs, The English Kitchen- definitely go check it out!

The batter is very liquidy when it goes into the oven, so I wasn't sure if it would turn out alright. It "magically" bakes into three separate layers- a crust, the custard middle, and a cake-like top. I believe I made it for Father's Day, and it got rave reviews from my husband and father-in-law. 

Sorry about the picture quality, but this is the only pic I got showing the inside of the custard.
4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup, plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup flour
2 cups milk, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
powdered sugar
fresh berries

Preheat oven to 325. Butter an 8-inch round baking pan very well, or line with baking paper and butter the paper. (Do not use a spring-form pan; the batter will leak out.)
Beat the egg whites until stiff. In a clean bowl, beat together the egg yolks with the sugar, water, and vanilla until light. Add melted butter and beat for one minute. Beat in flour. Add milk and beat until it is mixed in well. Fold in egg whites.
Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 3 hours before serving.
Dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh berries before serving.

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