I have some pumpkin plans for the blog this month but, until I get that stuff baked up, here’s a round-up of ALL THE PUMPKIN things on the blog.
Helllloooo! Just checking in between feeding sessions, diaper changes, snippets of sleep, and endless cuddles with my main squeeze, Casper.
I have plans to share some of my experience with this whole motherhood thing and some of how things went down labor/birth-wise (which ended up being not at all what I wanted/expected)…are you all interested in any of that? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
Anyhoo (yeah, I just wrote “anyhoo…”), here are a few recipes that went live recently on BettyCrocker.com. Lots of delish end-of-summer fare before we transition into fall (YAY)!!
I hope summer treated you well!!
Hey, there! While I am away snuggling this brand new babe and trying to navigate parenthood (aka keep him alive) I’ve asked a few friendly bloggers to share a recipe with you. Next up is Sarah from the ever-fantastic The Sugar Hit!
I like big BUNDTS, and I cannot lie. Sorry, that joke just never gets old. Hello! I’m Sarah, from The Sugar Hit, here to guest post while Cindy miraculously produces and becomes accustomed to caring for a human child. I know – it’s nothing short of incredible.
I tried to think what I might bring along to meet with Cindy after she gets her new bebe home/just before she heads off to bring it into the world, if we didn’t live a few oceans away from each other. I settled on this Jam Donut Bundt Cake. There are so many reasons why, let me run through them for you.
Firstly, it’s delicious. Secondly, it actually keeps really well, so it’s perfect if you want to give your new mom-friend a lil’ something to snack on over the coming days. Thirdliciously, it’s brushed with butter and coated with cinnamon sugar, which is a good reason to do just about anything in my opinion. And fourthly, it’s so versatile; have it with coffee, have it for breakfast, or nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds and have it with a scoop of ice cream (no really, do that).
The other cool thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple – everything comes together in one bowl, and the jam comes straight out of a jar. So this is just the kind of recipe that would be nice to deliver hand written along with the cake itself, because it’s pretty perfect mom-material. So, Miss Cindy, consider this my virtual hand written recipe for you. And congratulations in advance, Mama!
JAM DONUT CAKE!
For the cake:
2 + 2/3 cups (400g) all-purpose flour
2 + ½ tsp baking powder
1 cup (225g) superfine sugar
1 + ½ sticks (175g) butter, melted
1 cup (250ml) milk
2 whole eggs
1 tsp grated nutmeg
½ cup (125ml) blackberry jam
For the coating (optional):
½ cup superfine sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter, melted.
- Grease a 9 inch (23cm) bundt tin well, and preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and sugar until well combined.
- In a separate jug, stir together the melted butter, milk, eggs and nutmeg.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir everything together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Pour half of the batter into the bundt tin, and spread the batter up the sides of the tin with the back of a spoon. Don’t worry too much about this step – basically you just want to make sure the jam is encased in the batter, and doesn’t leak out.
- Dollop the jam on top of the batter, forming a ring of jam without touching the edges of the tin, and then dollop over the rest of the cake batter, and smooth it out gently, so that all the jam is covered.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean (don’t poke it into the jam). Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, and then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool further.
- When you’re ready to serve the cake, brush is with the melted butter, and then stir together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle the cake liberally with it, pressing gently if necessary to make it adhere. Serve, warm, cold, hot, with tea, coffee or with ice cream! [/recipe]