- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 cup bananas, mashed (about 3)
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
This recipe is particularly special because it was made with the delicious tomato sauce we canned over Labor Day weekend. The tomato sauce recipe can be found here.
They are so good they’ve been devoured!
This recipe is very simple and a crowd pleaser every time.
Preheat oven to 350. Sauté Pancetta in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add Brussels spouts, olive oil, and salt and pepper and toss to incorporate. Transfer the spouts to a high-rimmed roasting pan. Pour in chicken stock. Bake covered with tin foil for one hour or until spouts are tender. Carefully toss spouts and continue to roast uncovered for an additional half hour to brown the sprouts.
Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on several sides, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
Reduce the heat to medium. If the pan is dry, add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it softens and begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the asparagus, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the asparagus is bright green and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
Lower the heat to medium low and add the egg mixture and the potatoes, stirring until the ingredients are combined, 10 to 15 seconds. Add the Fontina and stir until well distributed. Cook without stirring until the eggs have almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. (The center may still be loose but should be bubbling a little; the sides should be set.)
Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the eggs have set completely and the top of the frittata is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve.
1. First, take the bourbon out of the cupboard and have a small snort for medicinal purposes. Now, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Butter and flour an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the beaten eggs, a little at a time.
2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, and add to the batter. Then beat in the milk. Combine the molasses and baking soda and mix into the batter. To help prevent the raisins and pecans from sinking, dust them with flour, shaking off excess. Mix them, along with the bourbon, into the batter until combined. Transfer to the loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes up clean, 1 3/4 to 2 hours. Makes 1 loaf.
NOTE: Whiskey cake keeps practically forever, wrapped in aluminum foil, in your refrigerator. It gets better and better too, if you buck it up once in a while by using an eyedropper to add a little more whiskey.
CLARE’S NOTE: Because I like the language of the recipe, I copied it verbatim. However, I decided to make this at the very last minute and made a few variations to the recipe – some by choice, some due to lack of ingredients. Instead of bourbon, I used rye; instead of molasses, I used honey; instead of regular sugar; I used demarara sugar; instead of raisins, I used dried black currants; I left out the nuts altogether.
1. Generously grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter.
2. Arrange bread in two tightly-packed layers in the pan. Fill in gaps with smaller pieces cut from the ends or spare slices.
3. Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, salt and booze and pour over the bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
4. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The bread will absorb all of the milk custard while you sleep.
5. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden.
6. Cut into generous squares and serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar or all of the above.
Serves 6 as main course.