Sunday, December 20, 2009

Yummy!!!!....Baklava Cake

I made this cake for my husband's family gathering on Saturday.
This is a rich ,nutty, cake that is soaked in a honey-citrus syrup.
For the best flavor, soak overnight and serve chilled.

I've made a couple substitutions..
double the recipe for a layer cake!

Baklava Cake
Cake: Cooking spray
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. Vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1/2 matzo cake mix meal.(Not found at Piggly Wiggly ..LOL.., so substituted 1/2 cup all purpose flour,1/4 t. baking powder)
1/2 C. finely chopped walnuts
1/4 C. finely chopped hazel nuts(Also, not found at our Piggly pecans worked just fine!);-)
4 T. fresh orange juice.
1/4 t. salt

2/3 C. granulated sugar
14 C. honey
1/3 C. fresh orange juice
3 T. of water
1 T of fresh lemon juice
1/4 t. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

To prepare cake..coat a 9in round cake pan with cooking spray. Place 3/4 cup of granulated sugar and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes..Siir in Matzo (flour baking pwdr. mixture) and next 5 ingredients, beating until well blended. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake a 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly completely..

To prepare syrup, combine 2/3 cup of granulated sugar and remaining ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Cool completely..Pierce top of cake several times with a fork; pour syrup over cake...cover and chill ;-)

Baklava cake slices..

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Additional little gift for a special friend..

My friend has received her gift, so now I can
show you all the little gift assemblage I made
from recycleables..the raccoon was purchased
a while back, but everything else came from
bits I couldn't bring myself to throw
the log opens and closes
to store candies, or other small gifts.
Recognize the mouse???..yep!!..the same one
I made from a mini bottle brush tree..

Ornament set for Christmas swap 2009

Here are the 2 ornaments I stitched up for
the International Hand-stitchers ornament swap.
the mushroom was a pincushion pattern freebie from
"Little House by the Sea"..and the cute little Imp
riding the snail was stitching freebie from Andreia
of Bad Bird..I think they came out pretty cute! ;-)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Quiet as a Mouse

Originally uploaded by Kitsch N Sink Studio
I haven't posted in such a long time..I've been
quietly adjusting to working more outside the
home...but I still try to pursue my craft..just not
as frequently as I'd like..please stay tuned as
I do some house keeping and hopefully more
and frequent updates in the very near future.
Hope you all are enjoying the busy time gearing
up for the holidays.

Oh Yes!..forgot to mention...Squeeky here, was made
from a mini bleached bottle brush tree...I think he still
needs a bit of a tiny haircut!!!...what do you all think??? ;-)