Today's post is a two-for-one, a table setting and a recipe!
As I was browsing at the Goodwill last week I spied some random pieces of English transferware, two earred cereal bowls, a small platter and a vegetable bowl. Hmm, kind of an odd mix, but I loved the design.This is the Pomona pattern made by Johnson Brothers and features a basket of fruit and flowers in rich autumnal colors.They were only a couple of dollars each so I bought them.
Then when I went back this week looking for picture frames, imagine my joy when I found two dinner plates to match!
This is a simple everyday table setting, perfect for a couple of empty nesters or young marrieds. No fuss, just pretty plates, pewter flatware, and chunky amber goblets
Now for the recipe.
I found on the back of my pantry shelf a jar of apple butter that I had canned several years ago. My mother-in-law makes a delicious apple cake using fresh apples. I thought I would try to duplicate it using the apple butter instead.
The directions are basic: Cream the butter and sugar,
add the eggs,
alternately add the buttermilk and flour/spice mixture.
Lastly I added the apple butter and poured the batter into my favorite silicone
mini loaf pan.
They came out a lovely rich brown color, but a little deflated in the centers. Nothing a bit of cream cheese frosting can't hide!
Voila! This cake is very moist and rich. Enjoy!
I have doubled the recipe because I like to make enough to freeze, so if you'd rather, cut the recipe in half.
Apple Butter Pound Cake
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl
1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup apple butter
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat until creamy. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk. Add apple butter. Pour into 3-4 large or 6-8 mini loaf pans. (Loaf pans seem to vary in size so you may have some variance here.) Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes depending on your pan size. If desired, frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting or glaze.
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