I was visiting The Sampler Girl's blog the other day and thought the photo she posted for Sweet and Spicy Chicken looked fantastic. So I followed the link it came from, and discovered a wonderful cooking blog called Full Bellies, Happy Kids. While perusing the recipes, I found one that I wanted to try, and it was so delicious, I thought I'd share it with you here.
BUTTERY POUND CAKE
1/2 c. plus 1/3 c. brown sugar, packed and divided
1/2 c. chopped pecans, toasted (I used walnuts)
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground nutmeg
3/4 c. plus 2 T. butter, softened and divided
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. sour cream
2 t. vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 c. apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 T. milk
Combine 1/3 c. brown sugar, pecans (walnuts), cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl; set aside.
Beat 3/4 c. butter at medium speed with mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 1/2 c. sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Add sour cream and flour mixture; beat at a low speed after each addition just until mixture in blended. Stir in one teaspoon vanilla.
Spoon half of batter into a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan. Arrange apple slices over batter...
...Then spoon half of brown sugar mixture over apples; gently press into batter.
Top with remaining batter, then sprinkle with remaining brown sugar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter starts to brown. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/2 c. brown sugar, milk and 1 tsp of vanilla. Stir until smooth; drizzle glaze evenly over cake. Serves 16. (Actually, that's a lie. It really only serves 2, if you're like me and you eat half of it and save the other half for later.)
It was absolutely delicious! I'd suggest eating it slightly warm though, bc it really brings out the apple and vanilla flavor that way.
Btw, I also made the Sweet and Spicy Chicken recipe on her blog - and on Sampler Girl's blog - and it is fantastic!! Everyone in the family loved it, and I'll definitely be making it again. :)
Sophie comes home soon! I'm sooooo excited!!