Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Bundt Cake and my Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe.

This is the perfect Holiday Cake. I make it in a Nordic Ware Bundt Pan in a Wreath Design.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
1 - Decorative Christmas design (12 C) Bundt Pan. I have a Wreath design that I make it in.
Brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs. It's a no fail release for the most intricate designed Bundt Pans.

2 C Dried Cranberries
3 C Cake Flour
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
20 TBS Butter (2 1/2 sticks), room temperature.
8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature.
3 C Granulated Sugar
6 Egg, room temperature
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 C Roughly Chopped Pecans.
Confectioner's Sugar for Dusting.

In a Saucepan on medium heat:
Cover completely with water.
Bring to a Simmer.
Remove from heat.
Cover and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together:
Whisk well and set aside.

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
Cream Cheese
Beat for 2 minutes. Scrape sides as needed.

Beat for 5 minutes.
Eggs, one at a time until each addition is incorporated.

Beat just to combine.

Flour mixture.
Beat just until well combined.

Drain Cranberries.
Dry them in Paper Towels,
Add to the Batter.
Mix just until well combined.

Mix just until well combined.

Pour Batter into the Pan.
Bake for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours.

Remove the Pan to a rack to cool for 10 minutes.
Invert the cake onto the rack to cool completely.

Transfer the cake to a Serving Platter.
Dust generously with Confectioner's Sugar.
Serve with Homemade Whipped Cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream:
1 C Heavy Cream
1 tsp Vanilla
1 TBS Confectioner's Sugar.
Whip the Cream in a Stand Mixer with a Whisk Attachment.
Beat to Soft Peak.
Confectioner's Sugar
Beat to Stiff Peak.
Transfer to a Serving Bowl to serve.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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