Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Where does the time go?!

Just wanted to check in: Finally standing still here in Vaasa for a while, but now I have had some visitors! Very nice.

Thought I would post a recipe and a photo (from Helsinki in December), since there is nothing crafty going on in my life. I did move things around in my apartment last weekend and now have a new creative space. Hoping to get in there on Sunday!

Moosewood Cardamom Coffee Cake

1 pound (4 sticks or .45 kg) butter or margarine, softened
2 cups light brown sugar (470ml)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10ml)
4 cups flour (940ml)
2 teaspoons baking powder (10ml)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (12.5ml)
1/2 teaspoon salt (2.5ml)
1 Tablespoons cardamom (15ml)
2 cups sour cream (or yogurt or buttermilk) (470-500ml)
1/4 cup light brown sugar (60ml)
1 Tablespoons cinnamon (15ml)
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (60ml)

Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Butter and flour a 10-inch (or larger) tube or bundt pan.
In a LARGE mixing bowl, beat butter with 2 cups brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in the vanilla.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and cardamom in a separate bowl.
Add the flour mixture, 1/3 of it at a time, to the butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream. Stir just enough to blend after each addition. Don't beat or otherwise overmix.
Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts in a separate small bowl.
Spoon approximately 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half the nut mixture, then add another third of the batter. Cover with remaining nut mixture, then top with remaining batter. Lightly spread into place.
Bake approximately 1-1/4 hours or until a knife inserted all the way in comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a plate. Cool at least 30 minutes more before cutting into it. Enjoy with some cardamom tea or coffee!


Lily said...

Hey there. I too moved furniture around on the weekend and got absolutely nothing crafty accomplished! That cake sounds marvellous but one for a lazy Sunday with nothing else to do methinks!

Tazzie said...

GR8 to hear from you! That sounds so super yummy, I'm definitely going to make it!

Doodlebug Gail said...

How good to see you posting - love that photo from Helsinki. Lucky you getting to do all that travelling.

The Cardomom cake sounds like something my DH will enjoy - I'll have to give that a try this weekend.

Libby said...

Glad to hear from you - the cake sounds wonderful . . . anything but low cal *s* but wonderful.

Dzen said...

Cake does sound scrumptious... hope I'll get to enjoy some when I visit in April! :)

Sweet P said...

That cake sounds exquisite. I might make it this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Good to see you are still out there Hedgie. 1 lb of butter? You probably need the energy as I see the temp there is -3 deg.

ruth said...

Good to hear from you! Enjoy your visitors.

Clare said...

Oh rats! I've banned cooking with butter in this house. I don't suppose Olive Oil would be a good substitute LOL. Nice to see you back and enjoy your visitors.


Dawn said...

Oh man!!! You are making me soooo hungry!!!!