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Pumpkin Spiced Crumb Cake

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My Pumpkin Spiced Crumb Cake is one of my family’s favorites. I do want to explain why I take help from my local grocery store whenever I make a cake. In the past, I’ve mentioned using box cake mixes. They’re a time saver, most importantly, there are great box cake mixes out there. First, they’ve come a long way in their quality and variety. Second, why would you break out the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and or cocoa powder, when all these ingredients are already measured and mixed for you!

I start with a basic box cake mix, building a flavor profile of the type of cake I’m looking to make. For example; If I’m making a chocolate cake, adding brewed coffee will enhance the chocolate flavor. I also like to add Ricotta cheese to the cake batter. These ingredients I’ve mentioned. ultimately enhance or make for a more tender cake.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 to 55 minutes (Baking time may vary depending on the type and size of the pan you use)
Equipment: parchment paper, 8 x 8-inch or 9 x 9-inch square pan
Yields: 9 slices

Note: I’m using a store-bought pumpkin spice for this recipe. I’ve also included a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe below.

Ingredients For Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons of cake flour
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/3 cup of chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick (8 tablespoons), melted unsalted butter

Ingredients For Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice:
teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 pinch of allspice

Directions For Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice:

In a small bowl, whisk the spices together until combined. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

For The Pumpkin Spice Cake:
1 box vanilla cake mix (16.5 oz. Duncan Hines French Vanilla)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4  cup granulated sugar
1 cup of Libby’s pumpkin pie mix
1/2 cup Ricotta cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup of water
pinch of Kosher salt
1 heaping teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
powdered sugar for garnish

Directions:
For the topping:
Using a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, cake flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir with a spatula until thick crumbles form. Set aside while preparing the cake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For The Cake Batter:
Spray pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper, then spray the parchment paper. Note: This will allow for easy removal.

In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add oil, vanilla extract, sugars, pumpkin pie mix puree, and ricotta cheese. Once the mixture is smooth, add 1 egg at a time until incorporated.

In a medium size bowl, add the box cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and Kosher salt. Whisk these ingredients together. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not over mix! Note: If you are doing this by hand, you can use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading into an even layer. Cover with the crumb mixture. If needed, break up the larger crumbs into smaller ones.

Place into oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester, inserted into the center, comes out clean, and the center of the cake barely jiggles. Remove from oven and let cool in the loaf pans for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Top the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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Asian-Style Sticky Wings

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Wings are my “go-to” for any type of getting together. There are so many different ways you can prepare them. These Asian-Style Sticky Wings are my favorite. Let’s start with the fresh produce I bought from the farmers’ market.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 2 large mixing bowls, whisk, three 1/2-size sheet pans with racks, aluminum foil, tongs, plastic wrap, 3-quart saucepot

Ingredients:
3 packages of chicken wings (approx. 2 1/2 pounds)
4 tablespoons of Five-Spice powder
2 tablespoons of ground cumin
2 tablespoons of sweet paprika
2 tablespoons of garlic powder
2 tablespoons of onions powder
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
3/4 cup of soy sauce, low sodium
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced
3/4 cup of light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 tablespoons of honey, organic
1/2 cup of roasted salted peanuts,  roughly chopped (optional)
1/4 cup of green onions, thinly sliced on the bias

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
For the marinade, start with a large mixing bowl, add Five-Spice powder, ground cumin, sweet paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and vegetable oil, whisk to combine.

Transfer all the wing into the mixing bowl and toss with the marinade making sure all the wings are well coated. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

For the sicky sauce, start by adding the low sodium soy sauce into a saucepot. Next, add the garlic, ginger, Fresno chili, light brown sugar, and honey, whisk to combine. Turn the heat to medium-high until the sauce comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium, stirring occasionally, simmer until it reduces by a little more than half about 20 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering remove the marinaded wing from the frig. On a rimmed baking sheet pans covered in foil with a wire rack in place, using a pair of tongs, arrange all the wings onto the rack and allow all the excess marinade to drip off the wings.

After the excess wet rub has dripped off of the wings, arrange the wings on 2 similar sheet pans also covered in foil with racks spreading the wings out where they do not touch each other. This will allow the heat from the oven can flow all around the wings and they will cook evenly.

Tip: For this next step, keep the oven door slightly ajar during the broiling process. Keep a close eye on the wings so they don’t burn from the sugars in the marinade.

Bake the wings for 35 minutes turning the wings over halfway through. Switch the oven to the broil setting. Broil for 5 minutes getting a good caramelization on the outside. Flip them over and broil for another 5 minutes.

Once the wings come out of the oven,  transfer them into a large mixing bowl and pour that wonderful sweet and spicy sticky sauce all over the wings. Using a pair of tongs, toss until all the wings get completely coated.

Arrange all the Asian-Style Sticky Wings onto a large serving platter. Garnish with chopped peanuts and thinly sliced green onions. These wings are sweet from the brown sugar, slightly salty from the soy sauce, sticky from the honey, and spicy from the Fresno chili. I promise you won’t be able to each just one.

 

 

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