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Recipe for Success

Saturday night was our long delay'd housewarming - It was a great evening of unexpected visits from good friends (Ben + Angela!) , red wine, and tasty fall treats; pumpkin bread cupcakes, garlic cheese bread w/ artichoke dip, Butternut squash soup, various treats and tastes, and Adrian's infamous Almond Poppyseed Cake. Last night while watching "Zwarteboek" and the first VHS of "Merlin" Jenny and i gorged ourselves on a couple fat slices of this stuff. Let me tell you, each one of those slices must have weighed a 1/2 lbs each. This stuff is dense. Dense, with goodness!

Anyway, I asked his permission, and he in turn asked his mother (head chef and keeper of the recipe...) if i could share this tasty treat with you all; they happily agreed, and so here it is: I recommend serving a small slice with a cup of black coffee and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

3 Cups Flour
2 3/4 Cups Sugar
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
3 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1 Cup Cooking Oil
3 Tsp Poppy Seed
3 Tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tsp Almond Extract
3 Tsp Butter Flavor

Combine dry ingredients. Combine milk and flavorings. In a large mixing bowl, blend sugar and oil, then add the eggs. Add dry ingredients alternately with flavored milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan, or into two greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours if using Bundt pan, about 1 hour if using loaf pans.

Glaze:
1/2 Cup Orange Juice (or any combination of flavors, such as Pineapple/Orange will do)
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
1/2 Tsp Butter Flavor

Combine all of the above in a saucepan, bring to a boil, let simmer for five minutes. Drizzle over warm cake.
Tip: We've found that this cake generally tastes the best if you let it stand for about a day (or even two) and let the glaze soak in. Best served at room temperature rather than fresh out of the oven.

9 comments:

The ARBitrator said...

Just a word of warning to everybody. . . If you take a drug test after eating poppy seeds, the results will come back positive. So if you or somebody you know (and would make this for) work(s) somewhere that requires routine drug tests, forgo the poppy seeds!

Aside from that, enjoy! Hope I didn't cause any troubles. . .

Tanner M. said...

I had my doubts, but it's true - http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/poppyseed.asp

Herb said...

No way. Hmmm....

Mandy D said...

sorry i missed it! i got sucked into a movie and then was gonna come over but it was 11:30 and you know how that can be...

Tanner M. said...

thats cool Mandy - you guys were missed though :)

Lizzie said...

It was a great party! the food was really really yummy!

Anonymous said...

Hey, what the heck is "butter flavour"? I mean, butter flavor what? The description of the cake sounded awesome but I have no idea what that ingredient is?

Tanner M. said...

that's a good question,

maybe Adrian can answer that one? my guess is that it's some sort of flavoring liquid, like vanilla extract sort of, that or a Crisco flavored shortening... anyone?

The ARBitrator said...

Yes, it's just called 'butter flavouring' and you can find gigantimous 32 oz bottles of the stuff on spicesetc.com. Yayness.