Tonight I made roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy for supper. I tried something new with my vegetable dish. I made roasted carrots with garlic, butter and fresh rosemary. I was really pleased at the flavor the rosemary gave to the carrots. Now, I seemed to be the only one to truly appreciate it, but that is only an observation.
My goal this week is to use up all that I have here before I go to the store for anything new. I'd like to make only 1 trip to the grocery store every 2 weeks in an effort to reduce the cost of our food bill here. My goodness, when we look at what we spend in food it is astounding. So, what does that mean? It means no snacks unless they are homemade, which is fine it just takes more effort on my part. It also means I need to be creative. But I really enjoy that and I find my meals are much more fun when I have to scrounge for ideas.
Well, my desert for tonight was Sweet Pear Cake. I took a recipe for a sweet bread and gave it a twist here and there. I had some pear sauce that I canned last fall with pears from my brother's pear tree so that is what gave me the inspiration for the cake.
Sweet Pear Cake
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. pear sauce ( or you can use fresh pears chopped)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp cinnamon sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
*Mix well. If you need to add more powdered sugar to make it thick you can do that.
Set oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square cake pan. ( I used one from Pampered Chef perhaps 8x8 or 9x9... you could use a 9x13 it just won't be as thick or a bundt pan would be very pretty too.)
Mix your flour, soda, and salt together and set aside.
Beat the butter in the mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and mix well. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Then add the pear sauce and mix well. Stir in the flour mixture.
Pour into a prepared pan. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake for 40-50 min. or until done.
After the cake is done. Poke holes in the top of the cake ( I used a meat fork) and then spread a thick glaze over the top while it is still warm. Let cool and serve. :) Yumm!