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Friday, August 1, 2014

French Apple Almond Butter Cake Recipe

Celebrated annually during the second week of August, National Apple Week falls at the beginning of the autumn apple picking season, as orchards are just preparing for the flood of families looking to add apple picking to their yearly traditions and fresh apples to their snacking and dessert menus. While prime apple picking season may only last a few months, typically from late August to early November, the spirit of National Apple Week can continue long into the winter by properly storing freshly-picked apples.

"Aside from the numerous health benefits of apples, which make them perfect for everything from healthy snacks to lighter desserts, apples are easy to store and preserve," said Beth Nielsen, Chief Culinary Officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. "Winters can be long and harsh in many parts of the United States, and having fresh, delicious apples stored away can make those cold winter months that much more appealing. When you are ready to bake with your apples, add a teaspoon or two of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla to your recipe to round out the flavor and tone down the tartness of the fruit."

Pairing your fresh apples with the smooth, rich flavors of vanilla is a timeless way to highlight America’s favorite fruit in a variety of baked goods. This year, during National Apple Week, use the first of your apple harvest in this recipe for French Apple-Almond Butter Cake with Vanilla Caramel Sauce, below, from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. The sweet, mellow notes of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Pure Almond Extract balance with the tart flavor of Fuji apples to create a cake that is rich yet delicate and perfect for everything from entertaining to enjoying with an afternoon cup of coffee.

** Recipe and photo is courtesy of Beth Nielsen and Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. Recipe makes 8 servings.


French Apple Almond Butter Cake Recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1½ -sticks) unsalted butter
3 medium Fuji apples (about 3 cups, divided)
2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar (for apple pieces)
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon apple liqueur
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9-inch light color, non-stick cake pan with cooking spray; line the bottom of the cake pan with a piece of parchment paper; set aside.

In a small bowl, add flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, whisk to combine; set aside. In a small saucepan, melt butter; set aside to cool. Peel, core and cut apples into ¼-inch pieces, place in a medium bowl and mix with brown sugar; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape bowl sides with a rubber spatula as needed. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract, apple liqueur and almond extract; beat to combine. Gradually add the dry ingredients beat on low, just until incorporated.

With a rubber spatula, fold in 2 cups of prepared apple pieces into batter; pour batter into baking pan and evenly spread. Place remaining cup of apple pieces over top of cake batter. Bake until done, about 35-40 minutes.

Remove cake from oven and run a knife around sides of cake. Let stand for 10 minutes and turn onto a wire rack; remove parchment and turn onto second wire rack to cool.

Serve with warm Vanilla Carmel Sauce.

Vanilla Carmel Sauce Recipe
(Yield ½ Cup)

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon apple liqueur

Directions: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter, sugar, brown sugar and cream; cook and whisk. Bring sauce to boil. Remove from heat add vanilla extract and apple liqueur; stir until combined. Serve 1 tablespoon warm sauce over each slice of cake.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Vanilla BBQ Rub and Sauce Recipe

We love spending time outdoors during this time of the year and on most nights we use our barbecue grill for making dinner. After all, it is just way too hot indoors to be heating up our oven. I was supposed to share this recipe with all of you back in early June but time got away from me. With that said, it looks absolutely delicious and is very easy-to-prepare so I wanted to make sure that I got it published today. The recipe and photo are courtesy of the great folks over at Nielsen-Massey.

When planning your next BBQ menu, consider trying the following easy-to-make rub and BBQ sauce recipes from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. In addition to livening up your traditional BBQ, both recipes also make perfect gifts for anyone who loves to grill; just package in jars with the following descriptions for a thoughtful handmade gift:

Sweet and Spicy Vanilla BBQ Rub Recipe
(Makes about ⅓ Cup)

1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Mexican style chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground marjoram
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cocoa (Dutch processed)
1½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper

In a small bowl, add vanilla powder, paprika, sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, marjoram, onion powder and cocoa powder, salt and pepper; combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

This BBQ rub works great with chicken, pork, beef or fish. Whether grilling or oven roasting, generously apply rub before cooking.

Nielsen-Massey Signature BBQ Sauce Recipe
(Makes about 1½ Cups)

2 tablespoons
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons dark molasses
1 tablespoon chocolate flavored syrup
2 teaspoons hot sauce (adjust to taste)
2 teaspoons natural hickory liquid smoke
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract*
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract

In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add sugar, molasses, chocolate syrup, hot sauce, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, ketchup, vanilla, chocolate and coffee extracts; stir to combine. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes; stirring occasionally.

* Substitute Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract with any of your favorite Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extracts.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas - Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans.

Monday, July 28, 2014

No-Bake Chocolate Cow Pies Cookies Recipe

Last weekend I made a batch of these No-Bake Chocolate Cow Pies Cookies and the family devoured them quickly. I love no-bake cookie recipes especially at this time of the year when it is too hot in our home to be heating up the oven to make cookies. These cookies are really easy-to-prepare and taste delicious! I am not sure why they call them cow pies though! (hubby thinks it is because it looks like cow do-do).

No-Bake Chocolate Cow Pies Cookies Recipe

2 cups semi-sweet milk chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. You will be dropping the prepared cookies onto the prepared baking sheets to firm up.

Using a double boiler, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening over hot water until creamy and smooth. You will need to constantly stir the mixture to prevent scorching. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the raisins and chopped almonds until they are blended into the chocolate mixture.

Use a large tablespoon and drop the cookie batter onto your prepared baking sheets in 2" diameter piles. Once the baking sheet is filled, place it into the refrigerator so that the cookies firm up. Once firm, remove them and place them into an airtight container or cookie jar for storage.

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