Fresh Blackberry Cake

Summer is winding down in Oregon, and most of the harvest is over. We just have aronia berries left. This summer went so fast, but the weather was also so weird and caused all of the crops to be much later than expected. The only crop that was “on time” was raspberries. This past week we wrapped up harvesting on the blackberries, and with the few last fresh ones I made this delicious cake to celebrate a harvest well done.

I used a white sponge as a base for the cake, with layers of buttercream and fresh blackberries bursting with sweetness in the middle.

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For the Cake

  • 1 C Salted Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 C Sugar
  • 2 TSP Almond Extract
  • 3 1/2 C Flour
  • 4 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 6 Large Eggs,  Room Temp
  • 1 1/2 C Milk, Room Temp

For the Frosting

  • 1 1/2 C Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 6  C Powdered Sugar
  • 6 TBSP Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Extract for Flavor (optional)

I used about 2 cups of fresh Blackberries, our cake is 9 inches in dimeter. You can use more or less depending on your cake size and shape.

What You’ll Do: 

    1. Grease three 9-inch pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in almond extract.
    3. Use a fork to combine the eggs and milk together in a bowl or 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
    4. In another mixing bowl stir together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
    5. Add ⅓ of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix in until just combined. Add in half of the milk mixture and combine. Add in another ⅓ of the dry ingredients until combined followed by the remainder of the milk mixture. Add in the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer until just combined, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure everything is mixed in.
    6. Divide the batter among the three prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before layering and frosting.
    7. To make the frosting: Use mixer (hand or stand) to whip softened butter and vanilla extract together. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Thin out with milk if it gets too thick.

What’s For Dinner: Pancetta & Asparagus Puff Pastry

I have been having the longest work weeks for the last two weeks now and haven’t really been all that inspired to do anything but consume coffee and sleep. But Friday bring freedom, I have class all afternoon so that means I only have a half day of work. On my way home from class I stopped and got a few things because our fridge was empty-I’m not exaggerating, all we had was milk, carrots, and left over pizza.

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I love the textures of this dish!

I think my inspiration for this came from a pic I saw on instagram, all I know is it is super simple to make, is versatile for function, makes great for left overs, and doesn’t take that much time. This dish is perfect as a snack, an appetizer, an entree, and as leftovers.

 

I think my favorite thing about this dish is how the salt from the Pancetta brings out the flavors of the asparagus, and all the ingredients just marry so well together.

What You Need:

  • 1-2 Sheets of Puff Pastry-Thawed
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 TBSP Water
  • 1/2 C. Diced Pancetta
  • 1/2-3/4 C. Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 lb. Asparagus- Cleaned & Trimmed
  • 1/4 C. Roughly Chopped Mushrooms
  • Parmesan for sprinkling

*Note: You could also try adding olives, yum!

For Sauce *Optional*:

  • 2 tsp. Mustard
  • 2 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. Honey

What You Do:

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  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare baking sheet with either parchment paper or non-stick spray.
  3. Lay puff pastry on prepared baking sheet (depending on the size of baking tray you can use either one or two puff pastry sheets, I used two in my photos), fold edges about 1/2 inch inward. Press down with fork to secure. Puncture inside of puff pastry square several times with fork.
  4. Layer half of the Italian cheese blend on the puff pastry. Then arrange the asparagus evenly on top of the cheese. Next evenly distribute the pancetta, and roughly chopped mushrooms. Add the rest of the Italian cheese blend, and top with a sprinkling of parmesan.
  5. Mix egg & water together, brush edges of puff pastry with egg wash.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  7. To make the sauce: combined mustard, lemon juice, & honey.
  8. Use paper towel to blot away any liquid released from the asparagus.
  9. Let cool 5 minutes.
  10. Drizzle with honey mustard sauce if desired, serve & enjoy!

We barely had any left overs but those we did have we ate the next morning with a scramble, it was so delicious!

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What’s For Dinner?: Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

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You know how you see things on the internet and you’re like “I wonder if that really works?” Well this recipe is one of those. I saw the recipe on Pinterest and I thought to myself that if this recipe was really as simple as it looked more people should know about it!

 

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Autumn Obsession: Pumpkin Bread

I feel like this fall I have eaten my weight in pumpkin bread, which could have gotten pretty expensive if I was getting if from Starbucks, or at the grocery store. Luckily pumpkin bread is really easy, and cheap to make!

I love my pumpkin bread recipe because of all the different spices I use, and because of how moist it is. It’s one of the few breads I never get tired of making!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you all. For so long I’ve wanted to start sharing my recipes, so I’m glad I’m finally doing so, and I hope you all enjoy!

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