I used to bake a lot when my kids were all at home. Cookies, applesauce and banana cakes, apple crisp, blueberry buckle, homemade bread. You name it and I have probably baked it over the years. I still bake for special occasions and of course around the holidays.
But I never thought about buying specialty baking ingredients online until a friend of mine told me she gets her almond paste that way for a special holiday cookie she likes to bake. Almond paste, online? Yessiree, and it's great paste according to her. The price is reasonable, you get a seven pound can, enough to make lots of almond flavored goodies come Christmas. I'm going to buy a can myself this year and try it out because I'm a big fan of bear claws and Danish tea rings. It just might become a tradition for us too.
Here's the link: Nuts Online Almond Paste. I hope you'll like it as much as she does.
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Here is the recipe for the applesauce cake I used to make for kids:
APPLESAUCE CAKE (From the 1971 Betty Crocker cookbook)
2 ½ cups Gold Medal Flour* or Softasilk Cake Flour (Do not use Self-Rising Flour in this recipe.)
2 cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoons soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ cups canned applesauce
½ cup water
½ cup shortening
2 eggs (1/3 to ½ cup)
1 cup raisins
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour baking pan, 13x9x2 inches, or 2 round layer pans, 8 or 9x1 ½ inches. Measure all ingredients into large mixer bow. Blend ½ minute on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s).
Bake oblong 60 to 65 minutes, layers 50 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Put topping on warm cake:
BUTTERSCOTCH BROILED TOPPING
1/4 cup Soft Butter or Margarine
2/3 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts (I used English Walnuts)
2 Tablespoons Milk
Mix thoroughly butter, brown sugar and nuts. Stir in milk. Spread mixture evenly over warm 13x9-inch cake. Set oven control at broil and/or 550 degrees. Place cake 5 inches from heat and broil about 3 minutes or until topping bubbles and browns slightly. (Watch carefully--mixture burns easily.) Note: it only took a minute and a half in my stove.
FROSTS A 13X9-INCH CAKE