Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pumpkin Crumble Cake

I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but this is not pumpkin pie! It's way more delicious! I found this recipe on all recipes when I was in a baking mood. This recipe did not disapoint! My husband loved it so much that he had two pieces every night until it was gone!

What you need:

1, 18.25 oz. package yellow cake mix
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter melted
1, 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or ground cinnamon)
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tbs. butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans) optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease a 9x13 inch pan.
Reserve 1 cup cake mix. In a large bowl, combine the remaining dry cake mix with 1 egg and 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix well and then pat into prepared pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and pumpkin spice. Pour over crust.
In a small bowl, combine reserved cup of cake mix, 1/2 cup sugar, and 4 tbs. softened butter. Crumble over pumpkin filling. Sprinkle nuts evenly over the top, if desired.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Also If you want a thicker crust use a spring form pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whip cream!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Parmesan Sage Pork Chops

I got this recipe from and it turned out wonderfully! I didn't have all the ingredients so I improvised a bit. Instead of lemon peel I only had lemon juice, so I poured about a tablespoon in with the beaten egg. This recipe is so easy and it does not take very long if you need a quick dinner idea!

What you need:

2 tbs. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash ground black pepper
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp. rubbed sage
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 egg, lightly beaten
2-bone-in pork loin chops
1 tbs. olive oil or vegetable oil
1 tbs. butter

In a shallow dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, sage and lemon peel. Place egg in shallow bowl. Coat pork chops with flour mixture, dip in egg, and then coat with bread crumb mixture. Let stand for about 5 minutes.

In a skillet, brown pork chops in oil and butter for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a greased 11 in. x 7 in. x 2 in. baking dish. Bake uncovered at 425 degrees F for 10 - 15 minutes or until juices run clear and meat is fully cooked.