Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

The official holiday season kick off is this weekend.

Yes, I just said holiday season.

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THANKSGIVING Is this weekend and I couldn’t be more happy!!

Bring on the turkey, extra gravy – don’t mind if I do … and what’s that you want me to bake with nothing but pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until I’m blue in the face – I’m on it!!

While, I’m no where even remotely ready to think about the big guy coming down the chimney, nor white stuff falling from the sky – thanksgiving is pretty special at the LTSL household and with brand new traditions starting this year – I can’t wait to see what this long weekend holds!!

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I’m thankful for many things, family – friends – YOU – a good job, health.

I’ve said it a million times, but once more doesn’t hurt – I’m a damn lucky little lady!! For the many things I’m thankful for, I’d like to celebrate.

Annndd as the Queen Julia Child say’s herself :

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And so, we shall have cake!! Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake. For some reason, this cake reminds me of a huge muffin … which is pretty much all the convincing I need to eat it for breakfast.

We’re celebrating – go ahead, eat the damn thing any time you want!!

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Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup apple sauce

3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 Tsp grated Nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 grated Golden Delicious apples

Oatmeal cookies ( 1 box) – reserve and coarsely crush 6 cookies

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Directions:

 Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare cake pan.

With an electric mixer, beat the sugars, eggs, and oil until smooth. Add apple sauce and mix well.

Sift together the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well.

Add the vanilla. Stir in the grated apples.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into your prepared pan. Layer oatmeal cookies. Pour additional 1/3 of batter, layer with cookies, and then add last 1/3 of cake batter – top with crushed cookies and Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool and slice.

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Party it up, celebrating, thanking, laughing, turkying and loving this weekend darlings!!

Blood Red Orange Dark Chocolate Scones

I’m on a bit of a kick these days … a deep – intense –  flavour kick.

I’ve been in the mood for food with not just great textures, but goodies and delectable that look as appealing as they taste and when it comes to taste … I want it to be through the roof.

If I’m going spicy – I want to feel the heat!

If I’m yearning for something sweet – bring on the sugar!

Pizza? – I want it extra saucy and good quality cheese.

Doughnuts? – Chocolaty and crazy amounts of sprinkles … or jam-packed with jelly.

Oatmeal? – Extra cinnamon

Coffee? – Dark Roast Please.

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I guess it’s not a kick … I guess it’s life.

If I’m going to eat, I might as well eat good food and fall in love with the experience.

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Hence Dark chocolate and blood red oranges; Bonjour Belle

YES … let it happen.

Let the sweetness of this stunning fruit play with the emotions of the dark chocolate. Let the two romance each other – have a little alone time

… and taadaaa beautiful Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scone babies are born.

Don’t kid yourself, your food gets frisky too.

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Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scones

Fresh Zest and Juice of 2 Blood Red Oranges

1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Cups Flour

1 Tsp Baking  Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Egg

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla  Extract

1/2 Cup Cold Butter

1 100g Dark Chocolate Bar – coarsely chopped ( the bigger the chunks, the better ;) )

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a large baking sheet, by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside until ready to bake

In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar and blood-red orange zest.

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In a large bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda & Sea Salt). Toss in your orange-sugar.

In a separate bowl, mix together sour cream, egg, vanilla extract and orange juice.

Next, using a box greater ( or you can use 2 forks, or a pastry cutter) grate cold butter into your dry ingredients. Note: the colder the butter, the better!! 

Mix together the dry ingredients and the butter. Next, toss in the chopped chocolate.

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Add your liquid mixture to your dry. Mix until well combined.

On a well floured surface, form a 1 inch round disk. Cut your dough into half – then quarters – then eighths ( or you could form round scones, by using a biscuit cutter :) )

Bake 25 minuets.

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I say, put up a pot of dark roast to percolate – we’re just about ready for the weekend!!