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Monday, November 02, 2009


Last year November I made a last ditch effort to get my blog at this site going. I had started it in March, but could not figure out how to get to other blogs, and if I'm not mistaken (I'm Miss Forgetful) the follow feature was not there yet, only the blogs of note. 
These blogs get tiresome pretty quickly, while some have a strange world view, and others have a real attitude! It probably has to do with my taste, but for half of them, I could not see why they were a blog of note! So escaped to Myspace and made about a hundred friends there. One of them, also had a blog here, Tadn'Tina, and I am very thankful that she explained to me how the system goes here! 
Since last November I've met all of you and make this month my blog birthday! 
There are 3 other birthdays in my family: my oldest daughter, my brother, and hubby.

No birthday without a cake. In Holland, where I I am originally from, it is the birthday girl or boy who provide the refreshments. So I'm posting a cake from friends in Holland. Anneke Super and her hubby  were a big support when we made a big transition from one to two children. After this, the third baby was a piece of cake!

The  original recipe is actually the double amount of this one, and it's easy to make some favorite additions, such as almonds, or other nuts, berries, or flavors. 

In a baking pan 11 x 8 inch, the baking time is approx. 50 min. at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or 180 degrees Celsius, or no. 4 for oven. 
Butter and flour the pan before putting in the batter.

When the recipe is doubled, put the batter in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan and, the baking time becomes 1 hour and 10 min. for most ovens.


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
pinch of salt (optional)
2 eggs
1/2 cup & 1 Tablespoon milk
1 3/4 cup of flour
1 /34 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 apples (almost any type of apple)


Mix sugar and butter till creamy
Add eggs one by one.
Stir in the milk (don't worry if it looks like the milk is spoilt)
 Mix the flour and baking powder and add to above ingredients
 Put batter in baking pan
Arrange peeled and cored apple slices on top of batter 
Sprinkle with cinnamon (I like a lot!)

Have a slice!


DawnTreader said...

Happy Blog Birthday Jeannette, and glad to have made your aquaintance... :)

VioletSky said...

mmmm, this does look easy to make.
Thank you for sharing your cake.
And your blog!

Happy Blogiversary, Jeannette.

DUTA said...

Happy Birthday to your charming blog and to your dear family members: daughter, brother, hubby!

Apple cake is my favourite , and yours looks yummy. Thanks for sharing the reCipe.

Barry said...

Happy Blog Birthday!!

And yes I'll have a slice of cake, thank you!

Lets hope there are many many more blog birthdays (and cake) to come.

Shaista said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday Jeannette and Mysteries :)

Protege said...

Happy blog birthday! How wonderful that you made your way over here and I am happy I stumbled upon your place recently.;)
The cake looks delicious.;)

Gaston Studio said...

Happy Blog Birthday Jeannette! Glad you figured out blogger so that we could all get to know you.

And that cake sounds good enough to eat, yum!

Patience-please said...

Happy Blogoversary!!! And thanks for the yumy recipe; my husband's cousins are coming to visit tomorrow and are spending the night. I think I will make this cake for a breakfast treat!

all the best-

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am SO pleased you started blogging and we met in cyberspace.

Keep the coffee warm, I will be over for the cake in a little while. :)

This sounds like a great recipe.... have to try it too.

crochet lady said...

Happy Blog Birthday Jeannette!
So glad you delved into the blogging world. The beauty of your creativity and thoughts have been an inspiration for me, more times than I can count.

P.S. The cake looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Mingfei said...

Oh no...I can't control myself from drooling!!!

Thanks for sharing everything and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Tony nile life said...

I was going to make a parkin cake for my birthday. I have the recipe,
but I may try this one. will it be big enough for 67 candles I am wondering. will it keep like parkin I am wondering,
its only 2 more weeks such a short time to make my mind up.
thanks for the recipe.

Petrus Spronk said...

Heerlijk, my favourite gebak, 'n appel taart. doet me denken aan mijn tijd in the banketbakkery where I worked as a teenager....lekker smullen.....

The Weaver of Grass said...

That is two apple recipes I have found on blogs in the last five minutes Jeannette - thank you. It sounds jolly good so have noted it down and shall try it and report back to you. The word verification is reeating - how apt.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Monika, and I am glad to know you too:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks you! And you are right, this is an easy and uncomplicated one to make - hope you'll get a lot of pleasure out of this one!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you - I'll pass on the congrats. You're welcome and hope you'll make the cake many times!

jeannette stgermain said...

Am glad I found your inspirational blog, and got to know you in this way! Cheers to the blog and to apple cake:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Shaista - am glad to have invaded your hospital room with my blog!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you - that's the great thing about blogging -stumbling into people I otherwise never would have met!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Jane. After the figuring out part, it was a piece of cake (pun intended). This cake satisfies my love for cinnamon!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! Yes go ahead, easy enough for breakfast, and have a good time together!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you:) what would Blogger be without your bug and wildlife blog! and come over across the ocean anytime, Joan!

jeannette stgermain said...

The frustration of getting the technical part in the beginning, does not measure up to the fun I have now! You're welcome (recipe):)

jeannette stgermain said...

The solution for drooling is to make it, Mingfei:)
(Don't know though if you're able to make it though, where you live while you're studying)

Am very CURIOUS what your girlfriend thought of her birthday gift!

jeannette stgermain said...

If you make the double recipe in a 13 x 9 inches baking pan, it will have enough space for 67 candles. You'll reach a reverent age - I gotto call you "sir" now! LOL
What is a parkin cake?

With this cake, it's best to make and eat it the same or following day (because of the apples), or put it in the fridge!

jeannette stgermain said...

It sounds that that was a good memory! Betekent dat, dat je graag bakt? Deze cake houdt niet erg lang, dus je kunt het ook voor ontbijt eten (ik wordt te Amerikaans:)

jeannette stgermain said...

How funny (about the word verification)! Make the cake, you won't be disappointed. And easy, I never sift the flour! But do use unbleached flour - I don't know how it will turn out with whole grain flour.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

mmm, cake!

jeannette stgermain said...

Gary, you like this one to make too, easy!

Whitemist said...

Now I wonder if I am from Holland (just kidding, I know my dad's family is from Alsace, France for a thousand years or so), But I do enjoy providing the refreshments for my own parties!
So Happy Birthday and keep up the good blogging!
Oh, the cake sounds really good!

Aggie said...

Happy Blog birthday ... it does take awhile to get to know your way around. That cake recipe looks yum ... I'll try it. Thanks.

jeannette stgermain said...

No problem, I am from France too LOL - that European blood must still be stirring in you:)
I take your comment about the cake as a compliment since I consider you to be a good cook!

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, especially when one is computer-challenged!! By all means, try the cake, it's worth the baking:)

Four Seasons in a Life said...

I see that you have scattered throughout your blog various recipes and what I love about them is that they are not out of a box. Rather, everything is from scratch, just the way I too like to bake and autumn is the time of season, with Thanksgiving Day and other holidays, in which I seem to focus more on baking.

I wished to send you an email, but there was none listed. Whenever someone becomes a follower to one of my two blogs, I always send out a 'Thank you' letter and some commentary as to the persons blog. Besides I can then answer the questions you asked me.

For now I am going to see what other interesting recipes there are to be found.

Warmest regards

jeannette stgermain said...

Wherever I make friends, none of them like fast food recipes! Now I'm older, I prefer cooking from scratch, so I know what's in it, LOL!

I don't know what you see on your blog when you go to comment, but underneath the comment box (on my blog) is an email address for follow up email comments - but I'll give it here too, just to be sure

By the way the Pear Torte is also a Dutch recipe (Verzonken Perentaart) - at this moment I'm blanking out if you speak Dutch or not.
cheers, Jeannette

Rosie said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Your cake looks delicious - thanks for sharing the recipe:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Rosie1 Did you see that I left a reply on your comment on Shelfari! Thanks:)

Mingfei said...

Surely she was very excited! She hanged it on the wall in her dormitory and asked all her friend to have a look at it. That she told me that everyone spoke highly of it made me elated!

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm happy for you that your present was appreciated by not only your girlfriend, but also her dorm-mates! Good for you!

Gaelyn said...

Happy Blog Birthday Jeannete! You started this right after I did, and I also had problems figuring the whole blog thing out. You've come a long ways baby.

That cake looks yummy, going to have to try that, when I get back home.

The Green Stone Woman said...

That apple cake sounds delicious. Too bad I live by myself and have no reason to bake it. I'll come by your house and have a taste of it. Happy blogaversarry. I hope you keep blogging for a long time. I would really miss you if you stopped. Lekker smullen!

jeannette stgermain said...

Irene, That was very kind of you to say that you'ld miss me if I would stop blogging!

Right now I don't have any intention of that - even though it takes time away from painting sometimes. (But there are so many art blogs with just showing the paintings - my blog wouldn't be any different then!)
Irene, what about you, you can bake a cake just for you - you are worth it!! (wouldn't you buy een gebakje for yourself? - it's probably the same price to make it)

Angie Muresan said...

Happiest of happy blog birthdays Jeannette!!! May you have a long, happy, and prosperous life, dear blog!
That apple cake looks so delicious! Might have to make it, I think.
And what a coincidence, but it is my first birthday as well!

jeannette stgermain said...

wonder if I overlooked your blog birthday on your blog - or did you not post it? I'll have to look again -but in any case, congrats, dear bloggie friend! That we may grow "old" together LOL
the apple cake is very good, it;s worth making it, because it's also very easy:)