Showing posts with label Bundt cake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bundt cake. Show all posts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Peach and Spiced Tea Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

Using spiced tea to flavor baked goods means a huge variety of choices and an almost infinite number of spice combinations. This spiced tea Bundt has Assam black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of cardamom and tiny pieces of dried orange peel, in addition to the peaches. 

From the matcha muffins on Monday and the jasmine lychee green tea shortbread on Tuesday and now this Bundt, somehow, this is turning out to be Baking with Tea Week! I’ve spent the last couple of days in the teashop with my friend, photographing of her products and working on her website.  Whenever I’ve thought of baking, all the tea flavors have been both a distraction and an inspiration. I hardly know which one to choose; there are so many wonderful ones.

This month’s Bundt Baker theme is spices, as chosen by our talented host Deepti, of Baking Yummies, so, of course, I had to use a spiced tea, but it was so hard to decide which one! They all smell so GOOD. I finally settled on one called Black Spiced Michigan Chai, because, after all, I am in Michigan.

I dedicate this cake to my friend, Gillian, who turns 50 today.  She turns up in these “pages” more than any other friend because she is just that special. I know she reads my blog regularly so I couldn’t pass up the chance to say, Happy birthday, Gillian! Love you dearly!

Ingredients
4 teaspoons loose-leaf tea, divided
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/2 cup or 115g butter at room temperature
3/4 cups packed or 150g brown sugar
2 1/2 cups or 315g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (15 oz or 425g net weight) peaches in juice

Optional: powdered sugar for decorating

Method
Boil 1/4 cup or 60ml water in a small pot and pour in two teaspoons of the tea, turn the fire off and let the tea steep for a few minutes.

Add in the milk, turn the fire back on and bring the pot to a boil then turn it down to a low fire. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn the fire off and let the milk cool.



Put one cup of the flour in a food processor with the last two teaspoons of tea and process until the tea is mere flecks distributed throughout the flour.


Add in the rest of the flour, the baking powder and salt. Process one quick pulse to mix.



Strain the tea leaves out of the milk and set the milk aside.


Pour the peaches into a colander and drain the juice out. Chop the peaches into small pieces and put them back into the colander to drain further.



Preheat your oven to to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your Bundt pan by buttering and flouring it.

Use a stand mixer or electric beaters and cream the butter and sugar together.



Add in the two eggs and beat again until the eggs are incorporated.



Spoon in half of the flour mixture and beat again.


Now pour in half of the milk and beat again.



Spoon in the rest of the flour and beat until the flour is completely incorporated.

Pour in the rest of the milk and beat again for two minutes, scraping the bowl down halfway through.

Mix in the chopped peaches.



Spoon the batter into your prepared Bundt pan. Smooth out the top with a spatula.



Bake for 40-45 or until the cake is golden on the top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes before inverting on a baking rack.



Cool completely before transferring the Bundt cake to a serving plate.


Sprinkle on powdered sugar, if desired.


Enjoy!



If you love baking with spices, this is your month at Bundt Bakers!  Check out all the lovely Bundts we’ve baked!

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake by Kathya at Basic N Delicious
Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake by Tara at Noshing With The Nolands
Fresh Apple Cake by Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook
Honey and Beer Spiced Bundt Cake by Felice at All That's Left Are The Crumbs
Orange Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes by Alice at Hip Foodie Mom
Peach and Spiced Tea Bundt Cake by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
Rum & Ginger Grapefruit Cake by Kelly at Passion Kneaded
Saffron and Tahitian Vanilla Infused Bundt Cake by Laura at The Spiced Life
Saffron Vanilla Bean and Orange Mini Bundt Cake by Deepti at Bakingyummies
Spiced Applesauce Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Rum Glaze by Lauren at From Gate to Plate
Sweet Potato Pound Cake by Renee at Magnolia Days

BundtBakers
#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board to see all the past and current posts each month. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. 

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send me an email at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com or ask to join our private Facebook group


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pecan Bundt Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Icing for #BundtBakers


This beautiful pecan Bundt cake is made with very little flour since the coarsely ground pecans bind with the sugar and eggs to create a rich batter.   It bakes up light and is perfectly complemented by the rich orange cream cheese icing. 

I know your mother told you differently growing up but sometimes having a reputation is a good thing.  When people know you love to cook and bake, for instance, they buy you cookbooks and magazines.  They send you interesting links to deliciousness and sometimes they even cut recipes out of newspapers for you.  When we were in Rhode Island over Christmas, my mother-in-law handed me a bit of the Houston Chronicle “Flavor” section.  She had pulled out the pages, folded them up and brought them with her from home because she knew I would like to read them.  Because: Pecans!  They were FULL of pecan recipes.  Little did she know, but I was especially pleased because our new Bundt Bakers group theme for January was going to be NUTS and pecans are my go-to nut of choice.  In fact, I’m the host for this inaugural event so I chose the theme!

The only major tree nut that exists naturally in North America, the pecan grows wild in groves as well as in cultivated orchards.  The name pecan comes from the Algonquin word meaning “needs a rock to crack.”   I find a nutcracker much more useful.  Pecans were a major source of nutrition for Native Americans and became a staple for cooking and baking for the settlers as well.  Of course, they are crunchy and wonderful but, according to the appositely named website for the National Pecan Shellers Association, I love Pecans, they are also very heart healthy!  Thanks to well-sealed Ziploc bags and a big deep freezer, pecans feature heavily in my kitchen all year long.

Adapted from a recipe printed in the Houston Chronicle contributed by Carol Aimone from Tomball, Texas.

Ingredients
For cake:
2  1/2 cups or 315g chopped pecans, toasted, plus another generous handful for decorating, if desired.
3 tablespoons flour plus more for coating your Bundt pan
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 eggs
1 cup or 225g sugar
Butter or non-stick spray for coating your Bundt pan

For the icing:
8 oz or 225g cream cheese
1 oz or 30g butter
16 oz or 450g confectioners’ or icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence
Zest 1 navel orange
2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your Bundt pan by slathering it liberally with butter, spraying it generously with non-stick spray and then coating with flour.  Do this and do this well.  You will thank me later.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the three tablespoons of flour, the baking powder and the salt.

Put half of your pecans in the food processor and process until they are coarsely ground.   Add them to the flour bowl.  Repeat with the remaining pecans.




Put your sugar and eggs in the processor and process until completely smooth.


This will be very liquid.  Add the pecan mixture and process again, scraping down the sides, if necessary.   The mixture make get a little foamy.



Pour into your prepared Bundt pan and bake in your preheated oven for about 50-55 minutes or until a tester (I use a wooden satay stick.) comes out clean.



Meanwhile, you can be making the icing.

Put all the ingredients into your mixing bowl, starting with only two tablespoons of orange juice.

Beat until thoroughly mixed and creamy.  If it seems a bit too thick to spread, add the extra orange juice a little at a time, beating well in between, until the icing is of good spreadable consistency.

When the cake is baked, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack before inverting and removing the cake from the pan.



We are all friends here so I am going to share the photo that never usually gets seen.

When the cake sticks in the Bundt pan.




Never mind though.  Just pry the pieces out and set them back where they belong.  The icing will cover everything and no one will be the wiser.  And next time you will vow to butter and flour that pan more generously!

Allow the cake to cool completely.

Cover with your orange cream cheese icing.   Because of the delicate state of my cake, I decided to put the icing in a decorating bag and pipe it on instead of trying to spread it with a spatula.  Sprinkle with the handful of extra pecans, if desired.

I think it turned out rather pretty.


And even when it was cut, you would never know what near tragedy had been averted.



Enjoy!


BundtBakers

I am delighted to be hosting this inaugural edition of Bundt Bakers.  I chose NUTS as the theme since we are all nuts about Bundts and couldn’t imagine not baking at least one a month when the BundtaMonth group disbanded.

Have a look at all the wonderful nutty Bundts we’ve baked for you!  For information about how you can join us in the coming months, scroll on down.

We are a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send me an email at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com or ask to join our private Facebook group.


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Friday, October 4, 2013

Honeycomb Crunch Honey Bundt Cake for #BundtaMonth


This month’s BundtaMonth is candilicious.   No surprise that spellcheck doesn’t like that word but never mind, because I know that you all will.  We are baking Bundts with our favorite candies and hopefully some of yours!  If you stopped by last Sunday, you know that I made honeycomb to use in my cake but store-bought honeycomb can be used as well, if you are fortunate enough to have a candy store nearby that makes it.   It’s called many different names around the world: sea foam, angel food candy, sponge candy, honeycomb toffee, cinder toffee, puff candy, hokey pokey, fairy food and molasses puffs, just to name a few!

All I can tell you is that it is delicious and will pull your fillings out if you are not careful.  Also, if you add it to a cake, it melts inside and makes that cake caramelly throughout.  AND, when you decorate the outside of a cake with it, eventually it melts all over the cake and gives it another sweet sticky layer, in addition to the honey glaze.  But that’s okay if you’ve made enough honeycomb crunch.  Just add some more before you serve each time!

The Bundt cake batter was adapted from this recipe.  Scroll on down to the bottom of this post to see all the other fabulously candilicious Bundts we have for you this month

Ingredients
For the Bundt cake:
1 1/4 cups or 295ml honey
1/2 cup or 115g butter
1/2 cup or 100g brown sugar
4 eggs
3 cups or 375g flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup or 125g Greek-style plain yogurt
1/2 cup or 120ml milk
1/3 lb or 125g honeycomb crunch caramel candy, plus extra for decorating

For the honey glaze:
1/8 cup or 30ml honey
1/8 cup or 25g brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Pinch sea salt flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method              
Preheat the oven to 325°F or about 165°C and prepare your Bundt pan by greasing it liberally and then flouring the greased inside.

Separate your eggs and make sure the whites are in a clean, grease-free mixing bowl that gives you plenty of room to beat them with a hand mixer or whisk.



Sift the flour with other dry ingredients and set aside.


Measure your honeycomb candy and break it into small pieces with your handy hammer.  Set aside.



Cream the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.


Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the egg yolks.  Beat until the batter is fluffy.



Pour in the honey and beat again.



Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl and add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture and gently blend.





Add the yogurt and milk and blend again.



Beat the separated egg whites until stiff, then gently fold them into the batter, along with the pieces of candy.




Pour the batter into your prepared Bundt pan, smooth the top with the spatula and bake in your preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.




Cool on a wire rack.  After about 10 minutes, turn the cake out of the pan.  I had a few pieces that stuck because of the candy inside and I had to force myself to extract them and place them back on the cake because they were deliciously sticky looking and I just wanted to eat them.  As you can see, it’s not the most beautiful cake, unless you are a fan of caramel, but the glaze and extra candy will take care of the imperfections.



Once the cake is completely cool, combine the honey glaze ingredients in a small pot and cook slowly, stirring the whole time, just until all the sugar has dissolved.


Drizzle over the cooled cake.   Decorate with more broken honeycomb crunch candy.



Enjoy!


Who's in the mood for some candy and cake?


Here’s how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:
  • Simple rule: Bake us a Bundt using your favorite candy
  • Post it before October 31, 2013
  • Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title could read – #BundtaMonth: Candy Bundt)
  • Add your entry to the Linky tool below
  • Link back to our announcement posts

Even more Bundt fun! Follow Bundt-a-Month on Facebook where we feature all our gorgeous Bundt cakes. Or head over to our Pinterest board for inspiration and choose from hundreds of Bundt cake recipes. For candy inspiration, check out all of our announcement posts above!


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