NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY ~ AMARULA BUNDT CAKE

I don’t think the average bear person keeps this Cream Liqueur on hand and I wanted to be asauthenticate as possible with the ingredients. I also had to get some caramel essence as frankly, I didn’t know what it was. I wondered if I could have just used homemade caramel in its place. I’ll let you know the outcome.

THE AFRICAN LEGEND
Storytelling has always been central to African life. The Marula tree, as the source of several fascinating legends, has become a sacred and intricate part of ancient African culture. Locals have revered these trees for centuries and refer to them fondly by various names.

Because elephants travel for miles to feast on the wild fruit, locals call it ‘The Elephant Tree’. African folklore also refers to it as ‘The Marriage Tree’. Apart from making a beautifully natural wedding canopy, it’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties and features in tribal fertility rites. The ripening of the Marula fruit in summer coincides with great celebrations in many parts of Southern Africa. In Swaziland, for example, the annual Marula Festival is celebrated at the king’s royal residence, sustaining the belief that the Marula fruit is fit for kings and queens.

Like the elephants, the Marula trees are protected under South African law. They are a key part of African heritage and may not be farmed for commerce. The fruit however is sold in a variety of natural products, Amarula of course being one of them.

NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY ~ AMARULA BUNDT CAKE
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This cake is moist, has a tender crumb and a unique, almost addicting flavor. I knew I had to make it from the get go. It drew me in right from the start. After all was said and done, I was not disappointed and will surely make this again, for a special occasion.
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY ~ AMARULA BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
This cake is moist, has a tender crumb and a unique, almost addicting flavor. I knew I had to make it from the get go. It drew me in right from the start. After all was said and done, I was not disappointed and will surely make this again, for a special occasion.
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings
8 ~ 10 Servings
Cook Time Passive Time
50 ~ 60 Minutes 4 Hours
Ingredients
THE BUNDT CAKE
GANACHE & ASSEMBLY
Servings: Servings
Instructions
BUNDT CAKE
  1. Pre~heat oven to 350ºF and prepare a medium Bundt pan with cake release. My Homemade release has never let me down, no matter how intricate the design.
  2. Sift together, the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the melted butter, milk, 4 Tablespoons Amarula Liqueur, eggs and caramel essence until light and fluffy.
  4. Add dry ingredients and fold together by hand just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX
  5. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan, smooth on top and rap on the counter a few times to release any unwanted bubbles
  6. Bake in pre~heated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a finger pressed on the top of the cake springs right back up; and a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack 5 to 10 minutes
  8. Un~mold Bundt cake onto a wire rack with parchment or waxed paper underneath to catch any dripping.
  9. Using a skewer, pierce the cake in several places over the top of the cake. Heat 4 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream and 2 Tablespoons Amarula Liqueur just until warm ~ slowly pour over the cake and allow to cool completely.
GANACHE AND ASSEMBLY
  1. Once the cake has completely cooled, Combine the chopped milk chocolate, 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream and 2 Tablespoons Amarula Liqueur in a microwave~safe bowl. Heat in microwave on 75% power in 20 second intervals, stirring in between until completely smooth and melted. Pour over cake, followed by sprinkling the chopped pecans over the top of the cake; and dust with icing sugar, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Total  Trivia:

The United States has over 175 days related to awareness of food or drink.  None of these are federal holidays.

THE AFRICAN LEGEND
Storytelling has always been central to African life. The Marula tree, as the source of several fascinating legends, has become a sacred and intricate part of ancient African culture. Locals have revered these trees for centuries and refer to them fondly by various names.

Because elephants travel for miles to feast on the wild fruit, locals call it ‘The Elephant Tree’. African folklore also refers to it as ‘The Marriage Tree’. Apart from making a beautifully natural wedding canopy, it’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties and features in tribal fertility rites. The ripening of the Marula fruit in summer coincides with great celebrations in many parts of Southern Africa. In Swaziland, for example, the annual Marula Festival is celebrated at the king’s royal residence, sustaining the belief that the Marula fruit is fit for kings and queens.

Like the elephants, the Marula trees are protected under South African law. They are a key part of African heritage and may not be farmed for commerce. The fruit however is sold in a variety of natural products, Amarula of course being one of them.

Amarula {my new obsession} is a cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea) which is also locally called the Elephant tree or the Marriage Tree. It has an alcohol content of 17% by volume. It has had some success at international spirit ratings competitions, winning a gold medal at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

History:

Amarula was first marketed by Southern Liqueur Company of South Africa (the current trademark owners and wholly owned subsidiary of Distell Group Limited) as a liqueur in September 1989, the Amarula spirit having been launched in 1983.  It has the taste of slightly fruity caramel.

Distribution:

Amarula has had particular success in Brazil [and in Chandler, Arizona ] just kidding {not really}. Recently, Amarula has attempted to break into the American market.

Elephant-associated marketing:

Elephants enjoy eating the fruit of the marula tree. Because of the marula tree's association with elephants, the distiller has made them its symbol and supports elephant conservation efforts, co-funding the Amarula Elephant Research Programme at the University of Natal, Durban.   For marketing efforts it produces elephant-themed collectible items.

Just once a year, the Marula trees bear fruit. The elephants are drawn by the exotic scent and travel for miles to get a taste. That’s when we know it’s time to hand-harvest the ripe, yellow fruit and begin the two-year process that brings the unique taste of Amarula to the world.  The elephants get a little drunk from it and once you try it, you’ll see for yourself why they travel so far to enjoy it to the fullest.  There are videos of the elephants consuming the fruit and staggering around in a bit of drunken stupor.  None have been “carded” to my knowledge.

~ ~ ~ WIKIPEDIA {mostly} 🐝💜

* use any Cream Liqueur if Amarula is unavailable. I had to special order mine and picked it up the next day. According to the internet, it was only available by order and the one store had just a few bottles in stock kept in the back.  Now that I have tasted it, and really enjoyed it, I hope to expand my number of Amarula recipes.  Apparently, it can be used in lots of different recipes.  I’m going to do a little R & D of my own to develop a new recipe using this delightful cream liqueur.  Look for it in the upcoming weeks.

Well, got her mixed and in the oven.  This cake is quite simple to pull together and tasting the batter, I can’t wait to dive in.  As an aside, caramel essence tastes about as good as vanilla right out of the bottle.  I’m certain it will do the desired job on the final cake flavor though.

adapted. Fromwww. withablast.net

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#ISW SCONE WEEK 2017 CLASSIC SNICKERS SCONES

Once again I found time to work with my favorite media, scones! For me, baking can be a very creative outlet . Above all other recipes, scones are my most adored. They come together easily and the final result is always delicious; scone recipes are quite varied from savory to cream scones to sweet scones. I especially love how scone recipes can be slightly altered, yet produce something all together unique.

This recipe is for a very dear friend’s {EXTREMELY BELATED} Birthday gift.  It is a special request scone and I know she and her Mom will really enjoy them.  I’m no longer able to jump in the car and go to Michael’s to pick up a nice presentation box and lace doily to help your scones look  more festive.   These scones barely made it out of the oven before Mr. B was asking for a sample.  While I made them specifically for my friend, I’m sure she won’t miss one or two.  I had to fight him off long enough so I could make the milk chocolate ganache.   The milk chocolate added another flavor layer to these already delicious scones.

#ISW 2017 CLASSIC SNICKERS SCONES
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These are light, tender and fabulous. They looked quite lovely in the presentation box. They came together quickly and although grating frozen butter was a bit of a nuisance, it made a world of difference. I think I'll continue using this technique for all my future scones. I'm going to try to use my food processor to grate the butter. A bit more to clean up after but it would certainly streamline preparing the scones for the oven. The glaze is so tasty I was tempted to eat it right out of the bowl. I highly recommend giving these a try, they are well worth the small effort they require.
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
#ISW 2017 CLASSIC SNICKERS SCONES
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These are light, tender and fabulous. They looked quite lovely in the presentation box. They came together quickly and although grating frozen butter was a bit of a nuisance, it made a world of difference. I think I'll continue using this technique for all my future scones. I'm going to try to use my food processor to grate the butter. A bit more to clean up after but it would certainly streamline preparing the scones for the oven. The glaze is so tasty I was tempted to eat it right out of the bowl. I highly recommend giving these a try, they are well worth the small effort they require.
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 Mini Scones 20 Minutes {approximately}
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 40 really long Minutes
Ingredients
Classic Snickers Scones
Milk Chocolate Glaze
  • 4 Ounces Milk chocolate Chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Shortening I used solid coconut oil.
  • snickers Finely chopped for decoration and just an excuse to add more candy bar
Servings: Mini Scones
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450º F and line a cookie sheet with parchment or use a silpat mat
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Grate the frozen butter on the large holes of a box grater. I tried this method last year, and it worked like a dream. Mix the flour and frozen butter with your fingers until well combined and crumbly.
  4. Whisk together the egg, buttermilk and Vanilla Bean Paste. Pour into the flour/butter mixture and stir until, until combined. The dough should look very shaggy.. Fold in the frozen, chopped Snickers.
  5. Place tablespoons of the shaggy dough into a prepared scone pan. Mine is a mini scone pan I'm particularly fond of.
  6. If any Snickers are poking out of the dough, poke them back in to avoid the caramel oozing and burning while baking.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. After 10 minutes, switch the scone pan around so the front becomes the back. Remove from baking sheet or pan and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack.
  8. While the scones are cooling, make the glaze. Melt the chopped milk chocolate and coconut oil (solid) in the microwave on 50% power for 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval, until melted. Drizzle lavishly delicious glaze over baked scones. Sprinkle finely chopped, frozen, Snickers over the milk chocolate glaze. [sheer perfection}. Even though they are a gift, I'm going to snatch a couple for my evening tea. Can't wait.
Recipe Notes

I have  always been a fan of Snickers candy bars but when they started producing  them with different nuts, I just about lost it.  My personal choice is still Almond Snickers but I'm crazy about this candy bar in any flavor.  There is no better way to enjoy them when baked into a light, flakey scone..  They are after all "a bit of Heaven in your hand" (to quote a very bright gal, me).  This recipe gave me 20 mini scones plus an additional four on a baking sheet.  They are so rich and delectable that a mini scone is just right to satisfy, but, two are just that much tastier.🐝💜

A scone is a single-serving quick bread/cake, usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder as a leavening agent and baked on sheet pans. A scone is often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed with egg wash.  The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It differs from teacakes and other sweet buns that are made with yeast.

The pronunciation of the word within the English-speaking world varies. According to one academic study, two-thirds of the British population pronounce it /ˈskɒn/ (rhymes with gone) with the preference rising to 99% in the Scottish population.  This is also the pronunciation in Ulster, as well as among Australians and Canadians. Others, including natives of the Republic of Ireland and the United States, pronounce the word as /ˈskoʊn/ (rhymes with tone).  British dictionaries usually show the /ˈskɒn/ form as the preferred pronunciation, while recognising the /ˈskoʊn/ form.

The Oxford Dictionaries explain that there are also regional and class differences in England connected with the different pronunciations:

There are two possible pronunciations of the word scone: the first rhymes with gone and the second rhymes with tone. In US English, the pronunciation rhyming with tone is more common. In British English, the two pronunciations traditionally have different regional and class associations, with the first pronunciation associated with the north of England, while the second is associated with the south.

The difference in pronunciation is alluded to in a poem:

I asked the maid in dulcet tone
To order me a buttered scone;
The silly girl has been and gone
And ordered me a buttered scone.

The Oxford English Dictionary reports that the first mention of the word was in 1513. Origin of the word scone is obscure and may, in fact, derive from different sources. That is, the classic Scottish scone which, according to Sheila MacNiven Cameron in The Highlander's Cookbook, originated as a bannock cut into pieces; and the Dutch schoonbrood or "spoonbread" (very similar to the drop scone); and possibly other, similar and similarly named quick breads, may have made their way onto the British tea table, where their similar names merged into one.

Thus, scone may derive from the Middle Dutch schoonbrood (fine white bread), from schoon (pure, clean) and brood (bread),  and/or it may also derive from the Scots Gaelic term sgonn meaning a shapeless mass or large mouthful. The Middle Low German term schöne meaning fine bread may also have played a role in the origination of this word. And if the explanation put forward by Sheila MacNiven Cameron be true, the word may also be based on the town of Scone (/ˈskuːn/) (Scots: Scuin, Scottish Gaelic: Sgàin) in Scotland, the ancient capital of that country – where Scottish monarchs were still crowned, even after the capital was moved to Perth, then to Edinburgh (and on whose Scone Stone the monarchs of the United Kingdom are still crowned today).  I found information on line and looked into, applied and was accepted as a Scone.  So, I am a Scone.

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GERMAN’S CHOCOLATE SCONES #ISW2016

I’ve been impatiently waiting for International Scone Week all year. I knew the scones I wanted to present but it took a lot of research to find a starting point. Now that it’s here, I hope my recipe won’t disappoint.

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This recipe was alot of fun and both interesting to research and to make.  I’ve been a fan of German Chocolate since early childhood.  As my baking skills progressed, I found a plethora of German Chocolate recipes.  However, as the “Queen of Scones” I was obligated to develop a scone of German Chocolate.  Rather than the usual caramel, coconut and pecan frosting, I chose a drizzling of chocolate and topped with toasted coconut flakes.  I do hope you enjoy my little creation and make it yourself one day.

GERMAN'S CHOCOLATE SCONES
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A delicate, scrumptious scone which as you know "is a little bit of Heaven in your hand". German chocolate anything is my favorite comfort food and always my choice when available. Oddly, there wasn't much that I could find, that offered the flavor i was looking for.
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
GERMAN'S CHOCOLATE SCONES
Print Recipe
A delicate, scrumptious scone which as you know "is a little bit of Heaven in your hand". German chocolate anything is my favorite comfort food and always my choice when available. Oddly, there wasn't much that I could find, that offered the flavor i was looking for.
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
8 Scones 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 ~ 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Ingredients
Servings: Scones
Instructions
The Scones
  1. Heat oven to 375º F
  2. Blend flour, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa and salt in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add solid coconut oil and butter and cut in using a fork, pastry blender, or better yet, get your fastidiously clean hands into the work bowl and blend ingredients until crumbly in texture.
  3. Add heavy cream and sugar. Stir thoroughly and add either flour or additional heavy cream to make the dough come together well.
  4. Stir in coconut and chopped chocolate.
  5. Mix 3 Tablespoons confectioners sugar with 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, and sprinkle on the parchment~lined baking sheet. This will keep the scones from sticking to the pan as you shape them. Shape into an 8 inch square, about 3/4 inches thick. Cut into 8 triangles.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of each scone with additional heavy cream; then dust with a very light sanding sugar to add nice bit of crunch.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
The Glaze
  1. Place the chocolate bits and heavy cream in a microwave~safe bowl or small saucepan. Heat in the microwave or saucepan over a low heat until the cream is very hot. Remove from heat and stir until all the chocolate bits melt and the mixture is smooth
  2. Spread over cooled scones. Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top of glaze. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from Melanie Kathryn~Gather for Bread

Contrary to popular belief, German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. Its roots can be traced back to 1852 when American Samuel German developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker's Chocolate Company. The brand name of the product, Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him.

On June 3, 1957, a recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" appeared as the "Recipe of the Day" in the Dallas Morning Star.  It was created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from 3831 Academy Drive, Dallas, Texas.  This recipe used the baking chocolate introduced 105 years prior and became quite popular. General Foods, which owned the Baker's brand at the time, took notice and distributed the cake recipe to other newspapers in the country. Sales of Baker's Chocolate are said to have increased by as much as 73% and the cake would become a national staple. The possessive form (German's) was dropped in subsequent publications, forming the "German Chocolate Cake" identity and giving the false impression of a German origin.

The recipe still remains popular to this day and has been adopted by baking companies.

June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day in America.

~~~Wikipedia~~~

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#BUNDTBAKERS ALMOND LAVENDER BUNDT CAKE

While this cake was baking, the house was filled with the most enticing aroma. When working with culinary lavender, it’s best to remember that a little goes a long way. If you use too much it just tastes like perfume.

This month’s theme is Secret Garden, and  I want to give an appreciative shout out to Sue Lau of ~A Palatable Pastime~ for this ingenious and fun theme.  Well done Sue, many thanks.  I really enjoyed this particular theme and had a lot of fun with it.

In my previous home in Southern California, I had an absolutely lovely garden.  I had a huge lavender field in one corner, an English garden filled with all my favorite herbs, and a long side garden filled with flavored and aromatic geraniums; several varieties of mint along my back fence and just one rose bush.  I am not able to have a garden like that here in Arizona and I miss it all, every day.

My point was I loved my garden and harvested mint and herbs on a daily basis.  But my lavender, oh my lavender was not only my cat’s favorite spot, but it was, in my opinion, quite gorgeous.  I had lavender “everything”, sugar, salt, jelly and anything else that was edible lavender. So now, “My Secret Garden” is only in my heart and just a memory.

#BUNDTBAKERS ALMOND LAVENDER BUNDT CAKE
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A very tender, aromatic and unusually flavored cake. I baked it in my rose Bundt pan so there was a bit of very tasty crunch which was a nice surprise. This cake was not difficult, nor did it require a great deal of time to put together. It was well~received with various exclamations of satisfaction and compliments. I will make this again for special occasions or at the request of family. The flavor was a little sophisticated but perfect for special occasions, holidays or everyday as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt Cake 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 + 30 Minutes approximately 20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt Cake 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 + 30 Minutes approximately 20 Minutes
#BUNDTBAKERS ALMOND LAVENDER BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
A very tender, aromatic and unusually flavored cake. I baked it in my rose Bundt pan so there was a bit of very tasty crunch which was a nice surprise. This cake was not difficult, nor did it require a great deal of time to put together. It was well~received with various exclamations of satisfaction and compliments. I will make this again for special occasions or at the request of family. The flavor was a little sophisticated but perfect for special occasions, holidays or everyday as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt Cake 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 + 30 Minutes approximately 20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt Cake 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 + 30 Minutes approximately 20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bundt Cake
Instructions
The Bundt Cake
  1. Use your favorite cake pan release in a 10 inch bundt cake pan and sprinkle with sugar. Set aside.
  2. Place 1/2 cup sugar, almonds, and 1 teaspoon lavender in a food processor, cover and process until finely ground.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy; beat in processed almond and lavender mixture until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  4. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and half~and~half. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, sift and add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 300º F for 30 minutes then raise temperature to 325 F for an additional 30~35 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Glaze Drizzle
  1. For drizzle, in a small bowl, make a tisane combining lavender buds and hot water. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain, discarding lavender buds. {alternate glaze recipe follows directly below}.
  2. In another small bowl, Combine confectioners sugar, the almond extract and enough half~and~half to reach desired consistency. Garnish with additional lavender buds if desired.
Recipe Notes

The Bundt pan was invented in the 1950s by a man named H. David Dalquist. The pan was based on a traditional ceramic dish with a similar ringed shape. Though Dalquist's version was lighter and easier to use than the clunky previous version, sales were disappointing.

Then, in 1966, a woman named Ella Helfrich took second place in the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off with her recipe for Tunnel of Fudge Cake. The walnut-filled, chocolate-glazed cake had a ring of gooey fudge at its center. Eating a slice was reminiscent of indulging in under-baked brownie batter. Helfrich's cake was an overnight sensation. Pillsbury received more than 200,000 requests for the pan she used, and Dalquist's company went into overtime production. Today, more than 50 million Bundt pans have been sold around the world. They come in a multitude of sizes, shapes and specialty cakes.

Instead  of a lavender tisane for the glaze, I added almond extract which gave the cake a mild but tasty addition.  I think the next time I might reduce the amount of lavender because although I loved it this way,  I felt one more lavender bud might just be too much.  At 3 teaspoons of lavender, I felt it put the cake just at the borderline.  I would make it exactly the same as well depending on my guests tastes.  This would be a fine addition to any tea. 💜

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