Rhabarberkuchen mit Vanillecreme und Streusel

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Für den Teig:
100 g Butter
80 g Zucker
1 Pkt. Vanillezucker
2 Ei(er)
75 g Schmand
180 g Mehl
1 TL Backpulver, gehäuft
Für die Creme:
1 Pkt. Puddingpulver, Vanille
40 g Zucker
375 ml Milch
125 g Schmand
Für den Belag:
800 g Rhabarber, geschält gewogen
Für die Streusel:
200 g Mehl
100 g Zucker
1 Pkt. Vanillezucker
150 g Butter, kalte
Zimt, nach Geschmack
Puderzucker, zum Besträuen

Zubereitung

Arbeitszeit: ca. 20 Min. / Schwierigkeitsgrad: normal / Kalorien p. P.: keine Angabe

Den Rhabarber schälen, in kleine Stücke schneiden und zuckern. Etwa eine halbe Stunde ziehen lassen. Danach in einem Sieb gut abtropfen lassen.
In der Zwischenzeit aus den Zutaten für den Teig einen Rührteig herstellen und in eine gefettete Springform (28 cm Durchmesser) füllen. Bei 180° im vorgeheizten Backofen ca. 15 Minuten vorbacken.
Für die Streusel Mehl, Zucker, Vanillezucker und Zimt mit der Butter zu einer krümeligen Masse verkneten.
Den Pudding mit dem Zucker und der Milch kochen und unter ständigem Rühren etwas abkühlen lassen. Den Schmand unterrühren und auf dem Kuchenboden verteilen. Darüber die Rhabarberstücke verteilen und die Streusel darüber streuen. Den Kuchen bei 180° ca. 30 – 35 Minuten fertig backen lassen.
In der Form auskühlen lassen und mit Puderzucker bestreuen.

Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Cake

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter
1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (or any other preferred flavoring)
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour (sifted before measuring)
3 teaspoons baking powder
White of 6 eggs

DIRECTIONS:
Cream butter and sugar; sift flour and baking powder together 3 times, and add to butter and sugar, alternating with milk. Stir in nutmeats, and beat well. Then fold in the stiffly beaten whites and flavoring.

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Pour into a well-greased and floured pan. The old-fashioned, fluted copper pan with a center funnel was probably used originally.

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Bake 1 hour in a moderate (350 degree) oven, or cook until the cake tests done.

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Turn out on a wire rack and cool.

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This makes a large cake. The batter can be cut in half and baked in 2 (9-inch) layers if desired. For a good basic white cake, omit almonds. Frost cake with the old-fashioned boiled white icing, noted here.

You may serve Crème Anglaise Sauce with this cake.  A great way to use up all the leftover egg yolks.

NOTES:

President Lincoln is said to have remarked that Mary Todd’s White Cake was the best he had ever eaten. This confection was originated by Monsieur Giron, a Lexington caterer, on the occasion of Lafayette’s visit to that city in 1825. The Todds got the recipe from him and treasured it ever after.

 

How to Roast Garlic 

There is smell of roasted garlic not only wakes my taste buds. Garlic has many great health benefits hence we shouldn’t forget to add it to our daily meals.

Drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil over each exposed head, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves. Cover the bulb with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.

The Multi-Use of Lemons

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The way you start your day can affect the whole day.  One part of my morning routine includes the multi-use of a lemon.

  1. I start with a glass of warm water and the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon.  Click here to find out more about the benefits.
  2. Then I drop the leftover lemon in a pot of water and bring it to a boil.  It give the house a nice clean scent.
  3. I divide the water, part will go into my water bottle which already has some mineral stone in it.  The rest, I either water my outdoor plants (the citrus smell will keep chipmunks out of my flowerpots) or use as facial cleanser.
  4. The leftover lemon rind I use to start my seed or use them for any of the other many options.  Click here to find 22 more ways of using your leftover lemon rind.