Peanut Cakes

Peanut Cakes

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Makes 20 Peanut Cakes

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Sponge Cake
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*1 Heaping cup All-purpose Flour, sifted

*1 Heaping Teaspoon Baking Powder

*1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

*4 Egg Whites, whipped to stiff peaks

*4 Egg Yolks, beaten

*1/2 cup cold Water

*1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract

*1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

*1 (16 ounce) container Unsalted Peanuts, chopped small, topping

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Instructions:

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1. Sift the Flour baking powder and salt 5 times. Set aside.
2. Using hand mixer, whip egg whites until frothy and makes stiff frothy peaks.
3. Using hand mixer beat the egg yolks. Then slowly and the water and flour mixture, alternating beat until combined.
4. Now, fold in the egg whites into the egg yolk flour mixture.
5. Pour mixture into a 2 parchment lined quarter baking sheets or (I used standard cake pan and after baking cut them into 20 squares and then turned each square on its side and cut again making 40 squares, I cut them with sharp scissors.)
6. Bake in an 325*F. (Pre-heated oven) for 30 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and lift out holding onto the parchment paper and allow to cool on cooling rack/racks.
8. Cut cooled cake into 20 squares or number of squares desired. Frost each square. (Recipe below)
9. Frost all sides of the cake except the bottom of each square.
10. Now place the chopped peanuts medium bowl and dip/drop the top each frosted square into the chopped peanuts and then sprinkle or push the chopped peanuts onto the sides of the peanut square.
11. Pick up the peanut square and place in an airtight container. Repeat until all squares have been dipped and refrigerate until ready to eat and enjoy.

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Butter Cream Frosting

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*3 tablespoons pasteurized Egg White Mixture or 1 pasteurized Egg, whipped or use milk for thinning frosting

*1/2 cup Butter, room temperature

*2 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream

*1 pound Powdered Sugar, more if needed

*1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract

*1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

*Pinch of Sea Salt

1. Using a stand mixer whip together on medium speed: Eggs/milk, butter, whipping cream. Then add the almond and vanilla extract. Add salt.
2. Slowly add the powdered sugar on low-speed until combined.
3. Frost sponge cake squares as explained above.

Enjoy!

Lindy

 

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is a twist on the traditional Irish Soda Bread.  We wanted to Amp-up the flavor!  We searched many recipes and came up with this recipe.

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Irish Soda Bread

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Sift together:

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*5 cups All-purpose Flour, sifted

*1 cup Whole Wheat Flour, sifted

*1 tablespoon Baking Powder

*1 teaspoon Sea Salt

*1 teaspoon Baking Soda

*1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

*1/2 cup Sugar

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Use a large strainer and sift the above ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Wet Ingredients:

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*3/4 cup Butter, cut into cubes/squares

*2   1/2 cups Buttermilk

*1 Egg

*2 teaspoons fresh Orange Juice or (Juice from 1 Orange)

*zest from 1 Orange

*2 teaspoons Caraway Seeds or Fennel Seeds

*1 cup Currants or Raisins, soaked in Water or Apple Juice and then drained

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Top coating
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*Pam cooking spray or Butter, melted for tops of bread dough

*Cinnamon and Granulated Sugar Sprinkled on top

*Sugar Crystals, Large

Preheat oven to 350*F.

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Recipe can make 1 medium/large loaf and bakes for 1 hour and 6 small ramekin loaves and are baked for 40-45 minutes.

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In a stand mixer with paddle attachment on low speed, add the sifted dry ingredients and slowly add the cubed butter. (Mix just until cubes of butter are covered with flour.)

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In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.

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Then add to the flour/butter mixture; buttermilk mixture, Orange Juice (plus zest) and desired seeds. Mix ingredients until barely combined and remove dough from mixing bowl onto a floured surface and knead/fold in currants or raisins adding flour as needed. Note: Dough is supposed to be very sticky.

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Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 round dough loaves or divide them as desired for baking dishes.

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Then with cooking spray, spray tops loaves and cut a cross shape on the top of the dough loaves. Sprinkle them with desired sugar toppings.

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*Bake bread in a (cooking sprayed/buttered) Ceramic baking dish or Enamel Coated Cast Iron Skillet or Small Ramekins.

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Recipe makes 2 medium/large round loaves or 1 medium/large round loaf and 6 small Ramekins etc…

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Enjoy!

Lindy and Jessica