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Baked Apple Pancake

This recipe has a long story for us. We first had apple pancake at the Tranquility Bay B&B in Sechelt. Tranquility Bay is now the Tuwanek Hotel. Google lead us to the recipe below, on allrecipes.com, I think, though it has disappeared from there now (that’s why I’m blogging it here). It may not be exactly what Krista a Tranquility Bay made, but we like it just fine. Our friend Deirdre has her own variation on this, but we keep coming back to this one. The credit for this version goes to Ann WOW, although her version calls for 4 eggs, and Susan generally uses only 3.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large apple, cored and sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt butter in 10 inch frying pan with oven proof handle. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over butter. Arrange apple slices over sugar mixture in pan. Cook over medium heat 3-4 min. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, beat together eggs, milk, flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt. Pour gently over
apple slices. Bake at 400 until golden grown and sides are puffy, approximately 15 mn. Serve immediately.

10:30:36 . 2010/12/25 . Doug . 190 words . 2376 views . Food .

Christmas Fruit Cake

My Christmas Fruit Cake recipe this year is derived from 3 recipes:

  • Sarah Waxman’s Back Roads and Country Cooking
  • Edna Staebler’s More Food That Really Schmecks
  • my great-aunt Minnie Robinson’s recipe in our Robinson family cook book

The Sarah Waxman recipe is the core, as (I think) it has been the last 2 or 3 times I’ve made fruit cake.

  • 225 g Thompson raisins
  • 225 g golden raisins
  • 225 g dried currants
  • 115 g glacé peel
  • 225 g glacé cherries
  • 115 g slivered or sliced almonds
  • 115 g pecan halves
  • 125 ml Jamcian rum

Mix together in a large bowl the raisins, currants, peel, cherries, and nuts with the rum. Cover and let stand overnight.

  • 500 ml all-purpose flour
  • 5 ml salt
  • 5 ml cinnamon
  • 2.5 ml nutmeg
  • 2.5 ml ground cloves

Mix together the flour, salt, and spices. Stir the flour mixture into the soaked fruit.

  • 190 ml butter
  • 250 ml brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 65 ml maple syrup
  • 65 ml orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon

In a another bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in maple syrup, orange juice, and zests. Pour into fruit and flour mixture and mix well.

Line loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour batter into pans and spread it smooth. Moisten top with a few drops of warm water. Cover pans with aluminium foil.

Bake at 175ºC for 1 hour, then turn oven down to 150ºC and bake for 2 hours more.

After removing cake from the oven, cool 5 minutes, then removed cakes from pan and cool on a rack. When cool, wrap the cake in rum soaked cheesecloth and aluminium foil, and age in the refrigerator.

18:31:04 . 2010/12/04 . Doug . 266 words . 2232 views . Food .