Today is ‘Baking Day’ at my house; you see, tomorrow is my day to bring snacks to my Sunday School class. This time it seems I’ve struck on a Cinnamon Craze, of sorts. I didn’t plan it this way, but I guess it’s a nice theme (in case you’re wondering, No, we don’t have to have a theme for our snack donations!) I just finished reading a rather good murder mystery which takes place in a tea shop/cafe which also serves light lunches. At the back of the book was a recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Muffins, so I gave that one a try. Next came a recipe I’ve used many times before: Butter Cinnamon Coffee Cake. I love the taste of this cake, HOWEVER it drives me nuts because after baking it (in whatever pan I chose, be it 9 X 13 or a bundt pan) and no matter how much I spray or wipe with cooking oil…it sticks to the pan! (Yes, I’ve also tried lightly dusting with flour after the cooking spray…and even tried baking it in a dry pan once…that was a disaster!) The cake has a really nice buttery, cinnamony (is that a word?) taste, so I keep making it as people seem to really like it…it just doesn’t look that great when you serve it! (sigh)
My third offering was a bit different-Raspberry muffins. This time I cheated a bit and used the Jiffy Raspberry Muffin mix but after putting the batter in the muffin papers, I dotted the tops of each muffin with about a 1/4 tsp. of raspberry jelly; I just checked them in the oven and they’re lookin’ good! Our Sunday school class has about 40 ‘regulars’ (couples in their 50’s and some early 60’s) and we definitely love to have a nice snack with coffee before class. In case you might want to try an easy and quick coffee cake recipe:
Butter Cinnamon Coffee Cake
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1/2 C. sugar
2 T. cinnamon (or more, if desired)
1/2 C. margarine
(about 1/2 – 3/4 C. chopped walnuts, optional)
Prepare cake mix according to box directions. Pour batter into 9 X 13 baking pan. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, then sprinkle cinnamon mixture over top of batter. Cut margarine into about 8 T. and dot top of cake with margarine: one T. in each corner, and 4 in middle of cake. While baking, the margarine will pull the cinnamon mixture down through the cake.
Bake 350 degrees, 35-40 min. until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cool before slicing/serving.
Our weather has been really strange the past few days; yesterday it was in the 30’s a lightly snowing. Today it’s around 18 degrees and sunny! Yep, that’s Michigan for ya: Don’t like the weather? Hang around for about an hour and it will change!
Tonight is our church’s Wild Game Dinner and I’m trying to remember to REST as much as possible right now, as I’ll be scurrying around and on my feet all night (4 p.m.-around 9 p.m.). May I remind you, these feet aren’t as young as they used to be and DEFINITELY are not used to being stood on for many hours…(not gettin’ any younger here, sigh). I love the volunteering part of this project so that makes it all worth it. So far today I’ve had a nice, easy morning finishing up another afghan, so I workin’ on the rest part. (When I finish this post I have to jump in my car and dash to the grocery store-forgot to buy some little paper plates for the coffee cake…normally I wouldn’t care much and probably serve the snack on paper napkins, but this cake did what I told you earlier and is quite crumbly…paper plates are in order here.)
Take time to relax a little and enjoy your day…whatever the weather!