Archive for October 25th, 2010

One thing about living in the South, you get plenty of pecans and I happen to be a huge fan of butter pecans.  This recipe is extremely easy and so delicate yet flavorful.  I actually acquired this cake recipe from Taste of  Home and it’s been the best I have found.

Butter Pecan Cake/Cupcakes

2 2/3 cups chopped pecans

1 1/4 cup butter, softened and divided

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk

Place pecans and 1/4 cup butter in baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toasted, stir frequently and set aside.

In large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at time beating well after each addition.  Stir in vanilla.  Combine your flour, baking powder and salt, add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beat well after each addition.  Stir in 1 1/3 cups toasted pecans.

Pour into greased/floured cake pan or into lined cupcake tins.  Bake 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks, let it cool completely.

Browned Butter Frosting

6 tbsp butter (unsalted)

3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

3-4 tbsp milk

Melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Continue cooking until it just starts to turn golden (4-6 minutes), stir constantly to keep from burning.  Butter will foam and bubble when near ready.  Remove from heat and cool completely.

Combine browned butter, sugar, vanilla in small bowl and beat at medium speed while gradually adding milk until desired consistency reached.  (Thicker less milk, thinner more milk).  Spread on cooled cake.

**For a butter pecan frosting you can add the leftover butter from the pecans into the frosting also.**

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To make your own detergent for washing dishes, which is good for you, the environment and your wallets, you need three simple ingredients.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent. (20 oz batch)

1 cup borax

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup kosher salt

Pour borax, baking soda and salt into plastic container, secure lid and shake to mix.

**If you want fragrant detergent, add two-three drops of your favorite essential oil.  Lemon grass, rosemary, mint, citrus, lavender, rose, sandlewood…your options are limitless.**

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