We all need something cheery

There are many things we turn to when we need comfort and we all need comfort right now. Personally, I bake and eat and bake again. This weekend I’ve been compulsively baking a new, delicious, truly comforting cake that makes you feel safe and satisfied and, believe it or not, a little in the holiday mood. The end product is a dense, chewy cake not quite like a muffin, not quite like a bread…something I can’t find a comparison to.

I’d recommend you try these simple, easy cakes today or tomorrow or whenever you need a little cheer over the next few weeks.

Eggnog Cakes

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1T baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
2T honey
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
 1 3/4 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. whiskey

Pre-heat to 400 F.

  1. Melt butter and add honey. Take off heat and let cool slightly while you mix dry ingredients.
  2. In large bowl combine dry ingredients and whisk together so it is evenly mixed.
  3. In medium bowl lightly beat eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and whiskey. Continue to mix as you slowly drizzle butter into wet mixture.
  4. Add wet to dry until fully combined. Dough will be sticky and thick but to loosen a little you may add 2 to 3 T buttermilk or cream.
  5. Spray 10 inch round spring-form pan. Spoon batter into pan, using back of spatula to even out. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into center of the cake.
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