Rich Coffee Cake

Rich Coffee Cake

I got this coffee cake recipe from my Mom, who provides me with pretty much all of my recipes.  She has made this a few times and most recently at Thanksgiving.  I really like it, so I thought I would make it for work tomorrow. It wasn’t too difficult to make, but does involve layering. This was the first time I used my bundt pan, and I probably should have left it in there a little longer before flipping it because some of it did not come entirely out of the pan. It should still taste good though.  ...
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

This was today’s baking adventure: Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars. My Mom used to make these for us when I was growing up. The other day someone at work brought in (store-bought) peanut butter and jelly cookies for our potluck which triggered the desire to make these bars. So I e-mailed my Mom, the great provider of pretty much every recipe I have, to get it from her. It really was an adventure making these … Mixing the dry ingredients was fine. Than it kind of went downhill … The first thing was the 1 cup of butter at room temperature.  Mine was rock hard out of the fridge, so I stuck it in the microwave, as I usually do, but for a few seconds too long.  I ended up with really soft, melty butter, which left a small mess in my microwave and even more of one on my cutting board.  I salvaged what I could and then went back to the fridge for another half-stick to throw in the bowl with the soft stuff, ignoring the “room-temperature” instructions. Once I got my dough to the point I thought it was supposed to go into the pan, I divided it in half and then patted it down as instructed.  I got my jelly out and started to spread it, got it nice and spread out … than it hit me “aren’t there supposed to be eggs in this?” I had forgotten the eggs and the vanilla extract. So I scraped the jelly off of what I had patted down in the pan as best as I could, and...