New Year: Walnut Apricot Bundt Cake

To ring in the New Year, my 9-year old and I baked all-day-long.  Most of the appetizers were our usual favorites:  Mom's Baked Brie, Crescent-Wrapped Beef Franks. But, we both wanted to bake the Walnut Apricot Bundt Cake recipe we found in The New York Times.  Apparently ring-shaped foods are symbolic of good luck-- the rings symbolize the year's coming full circle, and eternity. Lucky for us, we had all of the ingredients on hand (even buttermilk) so we could immediately satisfy our baking desires.  Interestingly enough, we realized the … [Read more...]

Sour Cream Bundt Cake

The other day I had a hankering for Mom’s Sour Cream Bundt Cake.  I’m not exactly sure why; I haven’t tasted it in over probably over 20 years.  Maybe it’s because I am cooking dinner tonight for my dad who’s in town visiting and I always like to impress him by cooking from Mom’s culinary archives.  It’s both cathartic and sentimental for us. What I loved about Mom's cake were those first bites of supreme moistness followed by the sugary center layer of nuts and cinnamon.  We’d not only eat this cake after dinner but also alongside our … [Read more...]