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15 March 2010 @ 09:25 pm
mostly baking  

I have one complete set of the Walker Papers (URBAN SHAMAN, THUNDERBIRD FALLS, COYOTE DREAMS, WALKING DEAD) in trade paperback left to sell. If you’re interested in it, it’s $75, which includes S&H from Ireland, and I will of course sign them to whomever you like. Leave a comment to arrange the particulars!

I made a perfectly lovely applesauce cake for dessert last night. It’s a nice rich spicy cake with a lovely dense texture, and I was asked for the recipe, so I shall put it behind the cut. I will also put the applesauce recipe behind the cut, as well as the double-chocolate chip cookie recipe, which Ted has renamed Triple Chocolate Evil Cookies (they gave him a migraine, or at least, they and the glass of red wine combined gave him a migraine, so it’s not an inappropriate name for them), because I think it’s the best chocolate-chocolate chip cookie I’ve come across.

I like Granny apples best for applesauce, but pretty much any kind of apple will do, really. They just require different amounts of sugar to suit. The recipe calls for 2 pounds (6-8) peeled sliced apples, but I use however many I’ve got on hand, which is rarely more than five. It makes plenty for 3-4 people, and is so much better than storebought it’s not even funny.

2 lb (6-8) tart, juicy apples, peeled & sliced
1/4 to 1/3 c water, depending on juciness
1/2 c sugar (or to suit taste)
pinch of salt
cinnamon, if desired

Put apples & water into saucepan, cover tightly and cook over moderate heat until apples are mushy. Stir or shake occasionally to prevent sticking. Add sugar and salt, stir enough to mix it in, and cook for a minute or two longer (huh, I never read that part. I just take it off the heat and stir it up real good with a stiff spoon) before stirring to make a stiff sauce. Add cinnamon to taste. Serve warm or cold.

Applesauce Cake
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/3-1/4 c shortening or butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 c applesauce
1 c raisins

Sift flour, measure, & resift 3 times with soda, spices & salt. Cream shortening well & gradually blend in sugar. Add egg & beat until light & fluffy. Stir in applesauce. Add flour mixture in 3 portions, beating after each addition until well blended. Stir in raisins. Turn into an 8×8 cake pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done. Cool before serving; cake improves in flavor after 1 or 2 days of storage.

I frosted it with cream cheese frosting. V. yummy.

These are the only chocolate-dough cookies I’ve ever had that I didn’t find disappointing.

Triple Chocolate Evil Cookies
6 oz melted dark chocolate
4 oz butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1/3 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix butter, sugars, egg, vanilla & melted chocolate. Add dry ingredients & mix thoroughly. Add chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets and bake at350 degrees for 10-12 minutes (pay attention. they burn easily). Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a minute (actually important, because they’re kind of fragile fresh out of the oven), then remove to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen.

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(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: fulltasty
Miss Mayvalancymay on March 15th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you'd want to send it to Canada, but I'd love to have it!
kitmizkit on March 16th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
I have no problem at all sending them to Canada! If you would be so good as to Paypal $75 USD to open AT mizkit DOT com and include your mailing address, I'll get those in the mail this week!
Miss May: me marysuevalancymay on March 16th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Done and done. It's for a friend of mine, who loves your books but mentioned recently that she's had trouble finding the older ones.
Janne: Howl yumjanne on March 15th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
The mere names of those cut-links make me afraid to look at the contents. Mmm. Maybe if I step up the workouts to three days a week...
kitmizkit on March 16th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
The applesauce is a perfectly harmless recipe! :)
Sionainnsionainn on March 15th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I have homemade raspberry applesauce that I need to use up so your recipe posting is timely. :-)
kitmizkit on March 16th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Oooh, that sounds nummy!
madmiss on March 15th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hummm... by 'tart juicy apples' are you talking Brambly Apples ?

*innocent blink as she wonders how to exclude the egg... *
kitmizkit on March 16th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Actually, applesauce itself is often used as an egg replacement in cakes, so just add another quarter cup of applesauce. And yes, if you like Brambly apples, they would do just fine as applesauce!
Megabitchmegabitch on March 15th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Added to my "memorable entries" under "recipes" :)

You make applesauce exactly the same way I do, though my quantities are from the "that looks like enough" measuring school.

My applecake recipe is a mishmash of a pearcake recipe and a basic madeira and varies depending on whether I have actually made any applesauce or can be bothered to chop up any apples or pears that happen to be slightly beyond their best (a frequent occurence in this house as we have four apple trees, two pear trees and a plum tree) and just throw them in as is - so I have to tweak the liquid content as necessary.

I may steal the Triple Chocolate Evil Cookies recipe... I wonder what it would be like if I replaced half the fats with peanut butter.... *ponder*plan* I shall let you know :)
kitmizkit on March 16th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Well, after the first time or two of making applesauce, my quantities are actually also from the "that looks like enough" measuring school, too, but when I post a recipe I usually use an actual one, because many people aren't comfortable with the "that looks right" school. :)

I suspect the Triple Chocolate Evil Cookies would be really yummy with peanut butter! Do let me know!