These are the days though that when out and about the idea of home, our slippers, a cup of tea, glass of merlot, the latest episode of The Young and the Restless, whatever, call to us. Inside is better.
I just came in from a walk through the woods. I was bundled up wearing my fake fur hat that matches the coat I showed you, and I took Rex with me. He loves running up the path and then full tilt back to greet me. I was on a mission today. I was looking for owls; there have been numerous owl sightings this winter all over our region. We have many old trees on the property with just the type of knotted holes in them that I think would be owl heaven, but no luck. I did see where squirrels have leaves filling one such hole so I imagine they are enjoying a snug winter home.
This is the season for comfort food for sure. Here is a fruit cobbler/coffee cake I made last weekend.
1/2 cup coconut oil(or butter) Fruit Mixture
1/2 cup white sugar I use whatever fruit I have on hand, in this case I
1/4 cup brown sugar used apricots, prunes, and blueberries.
1cup sour cream
1 tsp almond flavouring Topping
2 cups flour (I used half almond flour) 2/3 cup chopped almonds
1 tsp baking powder 2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon; a pinch of salt
3 tbsp coconut oil or butter
For the cake:
Beat butter and sugars, add eggs, almond flavouring and sour cream. Mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat till well blended. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 square pan or a round 9 inch springform pan.
Spread the fruit mixture over the batter.
Topping: Mix together the flour, brown sugar and butter. Stir in the cinnamon and the almonds.
Sprinkle this crumb mixture on top of the fruit.
Bake in a 350 degrees oven about 35 - 40 minutes. You can try the toothpick in it to see if it is cooked but this can be a bit deceiving with all the fruit. I always err on the side of longer time.
I watched another episode of Vera last night; isn't that Brenda Blython wonderful? It helped me finish up the shawl. Now I just have to decide about an edging. I'm a little unsure about the shape of the thing in the end. Seems to have a very deep v in the back. Photo to follow.