Monday, January 31, 2011

*Empty Jars*

There is something very satisfying about seeing empty jars accumulating on the cupboard waiting to be taken to the basement.

Each time that a jar is emptied it was one less item that we had to buy from the store and
I know how the food was grown and processed.

Saturday for the first time I made buttermilk.

Now that I have a source for fresh cows milk I am able to try a few things.
The buttermilk was so easy to make.  I did buy cultured buttermilk for my starter, but saved out a cup from 
my butter milk for the next batch.  All I did was put a cup of the cultured buttermilk into a sterilized quart
mason jar and fill up the jar with the fresh milk.  Set it on the counter for 24 hours.  So Simple!
Next I plan on making sour cream.
Which will be very good in my Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe.
Made one this morning to use up the sour cream that I had from the store.  Wasn't quite a cupful left so I added some buttermilk.  Turned out fine.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This cake has been submitted to: Sweets for a Saturday at Sweet as Sugar Cookies

2 c. Flour
1~1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. salt.
  • Sift these ingredients together and set aside.
1/2 c. Butter
1 c. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 c. Sour Cream
  1. Beat butter until fluffy
  2. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Alternately add flour and sour cream to wet ingredients and beat until mixed.
1/3 c. Brown Sugar
1/4 c. White Sugar
1 c. Chopped Walnuts
1 tsp. Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Put half the cake batter in a 9 inch greased pan
  3. Add half the topping over batter.
  4. Add rest of the batter and sprinkle on rest of the topping.
  5. Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

When my dh gets home from work we will enjoy a piece of coffee cake  together. He has an early lunch break so he is hungry after work.  I look forward to this time together each day!


Sandra said...

Oh, that looks SO good. I'll definately have to try this one!

Lisa said...

That coffee cake looks delish. I bet that sour cream really makes this moist. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up.