FYI

My NEW blog address is
bj-sweetnothings.blogspot.com

and I have a link to where you can receive
SWEET NOTHINGS posts in your EMAIL ACCOUNT.

Please go to the NEW BLOG.
thanks, bj

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Baking

Hi, Ya'll
I hope things are going good for you and yours. 
Everyone is doing great around here...
Mr. Sweet is good...
Our kids are doing good....
Our grands are good....
so ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.
♥ ♥ ♥
I cooked and baked some this past weekend....
I made an old fashioned PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE...
and, boy.......was it good.
I added a big ole tablespoon of SOUR CREME to the batter
and it made the cake so light and fluffy and it almost fell apart...
O MY GOODNESS.....sooo stinkin' good.
You know how you just love a recipe and, somehow, it gets shoved to the back of your recipe box and the first thing you know......YOU FORGET ALL ABOUT IT.
That's pretty much what happened to my recipe for this cake. I was trying to decide what to take to our weekly HOME FELLOWSHIP gathering and I remembered it.

 I forgot to take a photo of my cake batter in the cast iron skillet...my mama taught me to bake this cake in a cast iron skillet....and so I do ! :))
I sprayed the skillet with PAM..then added about 3 teaspoons of butter. When melted, I added IDEAL BROWN SUGAR SUB to the butter...then I put my circles of PINEAPPLE, with a cherry in each.

Mix your favorite white cake (or you certainly can use a white cake mix) and pour it on top of your fruit and sugar.
About 25 to 30 minutes in a 350 oven. Let cool just a tad and turn out on your favorite, prettiest cake plate.
*** TIP OF THE DAY....
I have used CRUSHED PINEAPPLE instead of the rings and  added the cherries and it was just DELISH.... More pineapple AND cherries in every bite.
                                                            
I added extra, long stemmed cherries to the top after the cake baked.
Everyone always LOVES the cherries and seems there's never enough.
Everyone in our family wants at least one cherry...
seldom can I get enuf on the cake so a lot of us GROWNUPS
give up our cherry to one of the younger....
then, if one wants, they can wait 'til everyone is gone and go
to the JAR OF CHERRIES and eat all they want....NOT that I would ever do that !!



Two recipes in this post...:) The cake wasn't REALLY a recipe, per se...





The hosts were having 2 different kinds of
HOMEMADE SOUP,
so I also made the wonderful
SEASONED FIRE CRACKERS.....


****FIRE CRACKERS****

4 sleeves Premium Saltines
1-1/4 cups canola oil (I didn't have canola..used vegetable oil)
2 Tbsp. Crushed Red Pepper (Pizza Pepper) (I used 1 Tablespoon)
1 Tsp Garlic powder
1/2 Tsp. Onion powder
1 pkg. Dry Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

Stand all crackers on their edges (like papers in a file) in a large bowl or Dutch Oven. Have a second bowl of similar size ready.

Mix all remaining ingredients in a small bowl to become a dressing.

Pour this mixture over the crackers. Let the dressing drain down and let set for 15 minutes. Transfer the crackers into the second bowl by hand. Reuse the same 'dressing' over the crackers again. Let sit for 15 more minutes. Repeat this cycle 2 more times.

Remove crackers from any remaining liquid and store in an air-tight container.
************
I tried just putting all the crackers into a zip lock bag the first time I made these,
and it didn't work very well. 
The crackers were waaay too oily.

ALSO...
CANOLA oil is lighter than VEGETABLE oil and will work even better on these 
tasty morsels.

After doing just what the recipe told me to do, they were delicious. After I poured the last round of seasoned oil on them, I let them "dry" a little on paper towels before putting them into the ziplock bag.
GOOD GRIEF, they're good...
Have a blessed day....
xo bj 


Joining with
FULL PLATE THURSDAY
TIME TRAVEL
THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS
HOME AND GARDEN
SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT
TUTORIALS, TIPS AND TIDBITS





HOPE you remember to go to MY GIVEAWAY PAGE for a chance at winning a
digital scrapbooking software .
This software can be used to make calendars, gifts of all kinds...
a $40.00 value that you will use a lot, I'll bet.
The comments are few...better chance for YOU to win...:)
GOOD LUCK

16 comments:

Donna Heber said...

Your pineapple upside down cake looks so delicious, especially with those cherries on top! I would have never thought to add a tablespoon of sour cream. Thank you for stopping to visit me. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love pineapple upside down cake, one of my favs:@)

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

I love your description, it does look stinkin' good. Stinkin' fantastic :)

Audrey said...

Oh my bj ... love your cake, so pretty and I am sure delicious. Thanks for all the tips.

Thanks for the credit for the branding iron. Looks neat on you sidebar. Kathie will be pleased too.
Love you gal.
Audrey Z.

Kathleen said...

Looks great, bj. I haven't made that in a long time!

prideinphotos.com said...

I make this probably twice a year BUT never how you have described. Yours is so different and I LOVE how you make yours.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

Madeline's Album said...

The cake looks so good. The photos are wonderful. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Karen Harvey Cox said...

What an amazing post. I love your mosaic, it is truly gorgeous. Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorites. Thank you for the recipe. I had forgotten about this cake. I used to work for Dole and they would have us try all kinds of recipes, this was my favorite. Thank you for the reminder. I enjoyed your lovely post.

Karen

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your pineapple upside down cake looks so delicious. And the crackers sound real good and flavorful. I love seeing delicious recipes that aren't too complicated and made with ingredients regular people have in their kitchen.

Beverly said...

Pineapple cake! Yum!!!

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness how wonderful. I haven't had pineapple upside down cake since I was a little girl. Yours looks divine. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. did you enter my latest giveaway?

SmilingSally said...

Yum again, BJ, that sure looks good. I'm glad you give permission to use a cake mix, because that's all I know to do!

Julie Bagamary said...

YUM!

Miz Helen said...

Hi B.J.
We would just love this one! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Vee said...

Now I have never heard of a recipe like Fire Crackers...cute name... Anyway, I'm gonna try that and leave off the fire. That way I can call them Tired Crackers or something. You always have the most joy-filled posts!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Your Fire Cracker recipe sounds quite unique and interesting! Love the cake - very tempting and beautifully photographed - love the Halloween pics and the flying witches! Too cool.
I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy