Friday, August 30, 2013

Bundt Cake

Give me a Bundt Cake...give me happiness!!  There is something so wholesome and delicious about the simple Bundt.  And dangerous for me, because I can't pass without cutting a tiny piece..sunrise to sunset!  This recipe uses olive oil instead of hey, it's healthier....right?

4 eggs, separated, plus 1 egg white, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. Cointreau liquor, or orange blossom water
finely grated zest of 1 large orange and one large lemon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/3 cups milk
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375.  Oil or butter and flour a 10 inch bundt pan.
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then gradually add 1/3 cup of the sugar and continue beating until firm peaks form.  Scrape them into a large bowl and set aside.  In the same mixing bowl-no need to rinse-beat the yolks with the remaining sugar until thick and light colored.  Lower the speed, add the flavorings and salt, then gradually pour in the oil.  The batter will look like mayonnaise.  Slowly add the milk, then whisk in the flour and baking powder, folding quickly to incorporate, scraping the bottom. Fold in the egg whites.  Turn batter into prepared pan.
Bake in center of oven for 25 min.  Reduce temperature then to 325 and bake for approx. 40 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean and cake has begun to pull away from the sides.  Let cool in the pan for 10 min. Invert onto a cooling rack.  When cool, gently transfer to a cake plate and dust with powdered sugar.  Serve with whip cream or ice cream and berries or nectarines.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yosemite National Park

It is sad to think about the wild fires ravaging our amazingly beautiful national park, Yosemite.  Hopefully, our brave fire fighters can contain the blaze and damage soon.  How bittersweet to think that just last year my family and I enjoyed a summer vacation during August.  So, I thought I'd look at a few photos taken then to share with you and reminisce.
Our vacation was remarkable and memorable!  How fortunate we are in our country to have such places to enjoy and explore.......

Good Morning Thursday

In an attempt to start my day in a healthy way, I've started to make a delicious morning drink with my Breville Juicer.  I juice 3 celery ribs, 1 orange, 1 inch piece peeled ginger root, and a handful of spinach. may look a bit suspicious and green....but trust me, really delicious! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Summer Walk

 Summer is swiftly fleeting.  A walk in the park is a sure way to slow  it down and appreciate the surrounding color, sounds and scents.  We have had wonderful clouds all week. Glorious skies...and there's something about the sunlight in August....