Again, this is a cookbook I think I've mentioned before. But more and more people these days are finding cooking time extremely limited, while still wanting good food. Our old friend, Betty Crocker, has the solution for all of us.
SHORTCUT COOKING FOR THE SMART COOK
I found this at a bookstore while shopping for books for my kids for Christmas, and added it to my pile (the place was much too small to even consider having baskets). It's been a very good resource for me.
It has both Fix it Fast and Fix and Forget sections, each divided into categories for such marvels as main dish salads, soups, pasta....you get the idea..
APPLESAUCE SNACK CAKE
1-2/3 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp ground allspice (I used 2 tsp whole, which I crushed)
1 tsp cinnamon (my addition, because I felt it was necessary)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup water
Spray your 8x8 or 7x10 pan liberally. Put the dry ingredients into the pan and stir to combine. Add the oil, applesauce and water, and stir with a fork until well combined. Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Top with:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp whipping cream
Melt the butter, add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil on the cooktop and simmer until the sauce thickens. Or cook in the microwave in a 2 cup glass measuring cup; cook until the sauce thickens slightly. Spoon over the warm cake.
I added whipped cream. Mark hated it (but you all know he hates everything). Ryan liked it so well that he took Mark's right out from under his nose and ate it.
Louise for this event!