Monday, December 29, 2008

Ingredients do make a difference to your cooking

Ingredients do make a difference to your cooking.
I've had this recipe for "Fresh Apple Pie" for decades, but I just made it tonight using Watkins ingredients. It was unbelievable. The "pie" -- really an ultra rich cake that is easy to throw together -- was actually better than ever because I used Watkins Cinnamon and Watkins Original Double Strength Vanilla.
Watkins award-winning high-oil Korintje cassia cinnamon is about twice as flavorful as the commonly used Ceylon variety, and is the best quality cinnamon available anywhere. Plus it's the kind of cinnamon you can stick on your kids oatmeal in the morning as a means of reducing the amount of sugar needed to sweeten their hot cereal. And it is the only kind of cinnamon known for its blood sugar stabilizing properties. Diabetics can enjoy this cinnamon on some sugar free pudding or ice cream and reduce their blood sugar.
Watkins Vanilla is made from the world’s finest Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans—brewed using a process perfected over the course of a century. Our blending of ingredients makes the flavor bake-proof and freeze-proof as well as double-strength.
Anyway, here is the recipe.
Fresh Apple Pie
4 cups coarse diced apples (these are large chunks -- like one-eighth an apple. Don't peel it. Leave the skin on)
Add 2 cups sugar and mix well.
Add 1/2 cup Wesson Oil, 1 cup chopped nuts
2 beaten eggs, 2 teaspoons Watkins Original Double Strength Vanilla.
Mix and add the following:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Watkins Purest Ground Cinnamon
Mix and bake in a 9"x13"x2" pan at 350 degrees F for one hour.

6 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cream or milk
1/2 cup coconut
Mix ingredients together and spread on the cake immediately after it comes from the oven. Then place the cake under the broiler as fast as possible. Broil until tiny bubbles appear and it looks toasty. WATCH TO KEEP FROM SCORCHING. You know this cake tastes better after it has sat for at least six hours. So try and plan ahead and make it the day before its needed by your guests.

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