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Teddy’s Apple Breakfast Cake

Teddy's-Apple-Breakfast-CakeWe copied the recipe for this great cake back in the 1970’s from the New York Times and it became a family favorite.  It has since been reprinted in Amanda Hesser’s Essential New York Times Cookbook, apparently an all-time favorite with Times readers as well.  We serve it for breakfast in the fall, always to rave reviews. (It also makes a great dessert, served with vanilla ice cream). In case you don’t have the cookbook, here’s the recipe.

Teddy’s Apple Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups peanut, vegetable, or corn oil
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups peeled, cored, and thickly sliced apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

1. Heat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9-inch tube pan. Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and soda.
2. Beat the oil and sugar together in a mixer for 5 minutes. Add eggs and beat until creamy. Sir in dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
Turn batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan before turning out.

Maine Audubon Art & Fine Crafts Show

We attended a wonderful crafts fair a couple of weeks ago, a fund raiser for the Maine Audubon Society. The venue was the Audubon Society Maine Headquarters  at Gilsland Farm in Yarmouth. The show was juried and there were a number of fine artisans present. Here are some examples:

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Blueberry Syrup Time!

It’s August and the wild blueberries are in season. Time for us to make our usual 3 1/2 gallons, enough to last us until next year’s crop comes in.  A big job, made easier with a food processor.  We basically make blueberry jam and can it in quart jars. When we need syrup (for those great pancakes) we just dump the jam into the food processor and add enough orange juice to thin it into the right consistency and whir it just until the lumps of jam are gone.

Carolyn makes 2 or 3 batches at a time (despite what it says on the pectin package!)

Filling the jars — careful, it’s HOT!

finished product!

Maine Blueberry Pudding Cake

We’ve had several requests for this recipe — another of Carolyn’s desserts that work well at breakfast, too.  This old-fashioned recipe is easy and delicious. (Pardon the pictures; I’m just getting used to a new lens and use of natural light — and no time for a tripod.)

Grease a 9×13 pyrex baking pan.  Heat oven to 375.

Blueberry mixture
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp cornstarch
4 cups small Maine blueberries (frozen is fine — Wyman’s are great)

Blend together the sugar and cornstarch. Pour orange juice into a saucepan large enough to hold  the juice and the berries.  Add the sugar/cornstarch mixture and whisk over medium heat until the mixture has thickened. Add berries and bring to a boil. Cool.  (This mixture may be prepared the day before making the cake.)

Cake mixture
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl

1 cup whole milk
1 tbsp vanilla
2 large eggs
8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
Whisk the above wet ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Gently stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients just until mixed. Spread this batter into the greased pan.  Spoon the blueberry mixture evenly over the batter. Bake 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool at least 5 minutes before serving, but it is best while still warm from the over.  Serve with whipped cream (or, if for dessert, vanilla ice cream).  Yield: 12-15 portions; recipe may be halved for a 9×9 baking pan.

Spooning blueberry mixture over batter

Ready for the oven








Just waiting for the whipped cream


Midcoast Maine July Events – Salad Days at Watershed Pottery and the Volunteer Fire Department Auction

Of course, the annual Independence Day parade in Georgetown is the highpoint of summer (see photos of the 2010 parade here.)  But there are other events on the social calendar. Last weekend was the annual Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department Auction. The auction provides a opportunity to pick up things you didn’t know you needed or wanted (and which you can donate to the auction next year…) But there is always an amazing array of “good stuff,” including paintings by local artists, antique furniture, boats of various sizes and means of locomotion, etc. Here are a couple of shots that give a flavor of the event:

The auctioneers are always entertaining


And the audience is always attentive









Another Midcoast summer event is the annual “Salad Days,” a fundraiser for the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle — just across the bridge from Wiscasset. Watershed is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving ceramic artists a place to hone their art, work in association with other potters and — for one talented individual each year — a year of full financial and artistic support at the center. In exchange, this artist creates several hundred individual salad plates which form the basis of the Salad Days event. For a $30 donation, attendees receive a plate of their choice, upon which they can then heap salads prepared by local restaurants, caterers, and the center staff. There is music (a talented bluegrass band played this year), an invitational show and sale of ceramics by artists associated with the center, and tours of the facility.  A couple of pictures, taken by iphone and a bit fuzzy:

Come early for the best selection of the plates  (if you come too late, they may be sold out).

This year’s selection of plates







And you get to use the plate right away!

The selection of salads

Herbed egg puffs

Herbed egg puffs. Photo by Lynn Karlin

This is a new dish in Carolyn’s breakfast repetoire, adapted from a recipe we obtained from Harriet and Jim Gott,  innkeepers at our favorite bed & breakfast in Kennebunkport, Bufflehead Cove Inn.  The egg puffs bake in ramekins and then stand up nicely by themselves on the plate. They can wait a few minutes in a turned-off oven, though they lose some of their height and are at their best fresh from the oven. We serve them with grilled sausage and toast. (The picture is from a recent photo shoot, done in preparation for our new website — currently under construction. More pictures of food, the inn, and the gardens, and more on the new website in later posts.)

 Herbed Egg Puffs
(serves 6)

8 eggs
5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup plain whole (or low fat) yogurt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 C chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Butter 6 6-ounce ceramic ramekins. Preheat oven to 375.

Mix eggs, mustard, and yogurt until well combined; add remaining ingredients and combine well. Divide egg mixture among the ramekins (which will be about 2/3 full), place on a baking sheet, and bake 20 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned and puffed.   If not serving immediately, leave in turned off oven. Cool slightly.  Run a knife or small spatula around rim and gently lift onto plate.  Serve immediately.

Coveside wins tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Coveside Bed & Breakfast 

We were notified last month that Coveside won tripadvisor’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence for 2012, their highest award. This was based entirely on the opinions of our guests: 63 of the 66 reviewers gave us a rating of “excellent” (the other three rated us “very good”). We’re proud that folks thought enough of our inn to take time to say nice things about us on tripadvisor. It turns out that reviews on sites such as tripadvisor, google, and BedandBreakfast.com are a major source of information for prospective guests, so we appreciate every review. If you’ve stayed at Coveside and would like to write a review, you can do so by clicking on the following links: tripadvisorBedandBreakfast.com .  Thanks!

Summer in March!

After a chilly February spent on the Cote d’Azur, we returned to summer weather here in Maine. All this week we have had sunshine and temperatures more common in July than in March.  Yesterday broke most Maine records — Portland reached 80 degrees.  We had to go kayaking, a first since often we don’t get our boats in the water until late June or July. We drove to the Boothbay peninsula and put our boats in near the Maine Botanical Gardens, near Sawyer’s Island.  Smooth water, warm temperatures, and a picnic on a little beach we found on Sawyer’s Island.

Put-in near Sawyer’s Island. Note short sleeved shirt

Is this March?

Picnic site on Sawyer’s Island

Escape to France

We’re in France until March 13, spending a month studying French at L’Institut de Francais in Villefranche, a pretty seaside town just north of Nice (where, incidentally, it has been unusually cold — along with all of Europe), and 10 days in Paris with friends from Maine. So we won’t be doing much Coveside blogging.  If you’re interested, you can follow our adventures on our travel blog: http://covesiders.blogspot.com.

Here’s the view from our school: