Begin with several dozen acres
of lush rolling farmland.
Scoop several crystal-clear ponds,
brimming with Smallmouth bass,
where deer and turkey quench their thirst.
Sprinkle generously with flowering trees,
preferably pink and white Dogwoods and Redbuds.
Pepper with holly and magnolia trees to taste.
Cover the land evenly with Kentucky bluegrass.
Dollop one large hill
into the center of the green acreage,
overlooking 50 miles of scenic views.
Smooth one acre at the summit.
Lace with one long winding country road
to your dream house at the top of the hill.
With the one you love, bake the above ingredients
at seasonal temperatures for a lifetime.
Nothing says "I Love You" more than a surprise dessert made from one of our homemade cake recipes.
Recipes for Cakes
Suppling Tips for Healthy Homemade Cakes
When Baking with Butter:
Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the
biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68°
to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat
will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool”
butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a
bowl for 5 minutes before beating.
When Mixing Cake Batter:
You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter,
but you can over beat the
flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a
quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until
there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the
batter is completely smooth.
Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has
a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure
a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake
flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2
tablespoons per cup.
The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect
on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and
transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By
making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly
reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing
global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food.
Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!