4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
1 cup fresh whole blueberries
Powdered sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and dust with flour a large Bundt pan. Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
Sift together dry ingredients and mix into batter. Be careful not to overmix. Fold in blueberries.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Dust with powdered sugar to serve.
This is an addictive game for iPhone.
The goal, get the ball in the hole. But...the ball comes in from the side of the screen, it isn't aimed at the hole, and it won't stop. You have to draw lines (or "walls") to make it ricochet into the hole. You get a limited number of available walls on every level...and on some levels, there is a level up the ball needs to hit before going into the hole.
When you're bored at work, give it a try.
Free for iOS devices.
Just in time for back-to-school, here's an app that helps your student with the homework that seems to be beyond your abilities. It's called GotIt. Students take a picture of their physics, chemistry, or math homework problems and then they're matched up with a tutor (who has a degree in that field) to help them figure out the problem, and understand how they arrived at the answer.
For more information about GotIt! go to their website: gotitapp.co
This week, Google released their answer to Apple's FaceTime: Duo. A 1-to-1 video calling app that works on both Android and iOS devices. It uses the contacts list in your phone, so you don't have to sync or create accounts; The calls are encrypted on both ends for security; It automatically adjusts the video quality to compensate for changing signal strength without dropping the call, and it switches between 4G and WiFi during the call.
And here's the coolest part: it has a feature called “knock knock” which lets you answer the call before you actually answer. It lets you see the image from the caller's camera before you answer the call so you can see what kind of mood they're in.
Makes 3 dozen small cookies
½ cup unsalted sweet butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 ¾ cups chunky peanut butter
2 ¾ cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon large crystal white sanding sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a kitchen stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add peanut butter and vanilla bean paste and allow to mix until incorporated. Stir baking soda into the flour and add flour. Mix until flour is incorporated.
Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop cookie batter out onto cookie sheet leaving a 3 inch radius around each cookie. Slightly flour your hand and gently press down cookies. Using a lightly floured fork, press with fork to leave a crisscross (hashtag) pattern on top of the cookie. Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges of the cookie are light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow the cookie to cool on the cookie sheet.
5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 cup heavy cream
2 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoons vanilla bean paste
Place egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until mixture is pale yellow and thick. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream, milk, and vanilla bean paste, until it just simmers. Remove from heat, and allow to cool 5 minutes.
Gradually whisk warm but not hot cream mixture into the egg mixture, adding slowly and whisking constantly to prevent cooking the eggs. Return mixture to saucepan and cook gently, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. Do not boil.
Strain mixture, cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until completely cold.
Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Here are a few free time-wasters to help iPhone users get through the day:
Super Stickman Golf. This is a golf game combines the power and club choice of regular golf, with the angles, bunkers and bank-shots of mini-golf.
Mindvision. Perfect for parents who feel like they've always got several balls in the air at once. The game starts with a simple game, then adds a second...so you're playing two games at once. After you master that, it adds a third game to the screen, then a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. See how long you can keep all 6 games going at the same time!
Crying Jordan Meme Generator. We've all seen the crying Michael Jordan memes that circulate after any upsetting defeat in sports, politics or life. This app lets you apply that face to any picture on your camera roll or any picture you download.
Makes 12 muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup butter milk
1 cup cooked bacon crumbles
1 cup corn kernels
Preheat oven to 375°. Spray muffin pan to prevent sticking. Or line with muffin cups.
Sift the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl.
Add the cheddar cheese, eggs, buttermilk, sugar, bacon, and corn and stir until just combined.
Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups, each 2/3 full, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffins are puffed and golden. Serve warm.
The Olympic start today in Rio...the play-in games and preliminary events, anyhow. Catch every minute of practically every event on-air, online, and on-the-go!
TV: NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, Telemundo, and NBC Sports
Roku: There is also an NBC Sports channel for Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and XBOX, but to use it, you need a cable subscription.
The Apps have live streaming video and on-demand events available.
Online: NBC.com will stream content live
And new this year: Virtual Reality! If you have a VR device, you can watch events in virtual reality the next day. We're a ways away from LIVE VR, but timeliness isn't the top priority when watching virtual reality, is it?
Makes one 9 inch cake
4 plums, not too ripe, pitted and sliced
4 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 cup Almond Four
2 teaspoon Baking powder
¾ cup Granulated Sugar
½ cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
3 Large Eggs
2/3 cup Buttermilk
1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a small saucepan melt butter and sugar together just until boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. In the meantime, mix together cake batter.
Sift together flour, almond flour, and baking powder. Set aside. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add together the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Alternate the dry ingredients with the buttermilk being careful not to over mix.
Place plums carefully in a circular pattern in a buttered pan with parchment ring. Pour butter /sugar mixture over them carefully so as not to move the fruit. Add the cake batter and bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes, then invert cake onto a serving dish. If you let it cool too much fruit will stick to bottom of pan.
6 cups fresh spinach
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted (preferably Yellow or Rainier)
½ cup toasted pistachio pieces
Wash greens and dry. Tear into bite size pieces if necessary.
Toss greens with dressing. Top with other salad ingredients.
1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
1/4 Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste.
Whisk ingredients together adding oil last to create an emulsion. Adjust seasonings to taste.
This app is handy for both first-time grillers and veterans. It can calculate your cook time based on the cut of meat, size, thickness, and how done you want it, it also includes a timer to tell you when to flip and when to take your steaks off the grill. The app has instructions for preparing over 100 different foods, recommended internal temperature guides and resting times. It allows for multiple simultaneous timers, so if everyone is having steaks but there's one person who insists on having a chicken breast...you can time them all. AND---it syncs with your apple watch, so you don't need to keep checking your phone.
The app is only available on iTunes and it isn't free: $2.
Makes 4 1/2 cups
4 fl. oz. heavy cream
28 fl. oz. whole milk
5 1/2 wt. oz. granulated sugar
3 fl. oz. egg yolks
2 vanilla beans, pulverized
1/8 tsp. salt
4 wt. oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 Tbsp. espresso
Heat cream, milk, sugar and vanilla beans in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
Place egg yolks and salt in a separate bowl and whisk briefly. Still whisking, slowly add hot cream mixture into egg yolks using the liaison method. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Add chocolate and espresso. Don’t let it boil. Strain the mixture, and place in the refrigerator to cool. Fill the machine and freeze. Swirl in brownie batter before serving if serving soft serve. Or fold in brownie batter and place mixture in freezer to harden overnight.
Brownie Batter for Ice Cream
1/4 cup prunes (about 8 prunes)
3/4 cup water
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (OPTIONAL)
In a small saucepan, combine prunes and water and simmer for 5 minutes, or until prunes are soft; allow to cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt, and stir until combined.
In a blender, puree prunes and simmering liquid with the oil, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until thoroughly incorporated. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and mix until just combined. If the batter is still dry, add water 1 Tbsp. at a time, just until the batter comes together; too much water may make the batter harden more in the freezer. Mix in the walnuts.
Recipe for brownie batter from persnicketypalate.com
This is a new app that filters your pictures to look like they were painted by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvadore Dali, and other artists and styles. Snap a pic, choose the famous work of art you wish to emulate and voila! Your photograph is transformed...suitable for posting, sharing, or framing.
The app is free in the AppStore.