Friday, March 4, 2011

Healthy Baby's First Birthday Cake

Many parents wish to continue the healthy eating habits of their babies when it comes to the all important First Birthday Cake. One idea is to make a small "healthy" cake just for baby and then make a sweeter cake for the "big kids".

This accomplishes two things; 1) baby gets her own cake to smoosh, smash, mangle and bite into without Mom and Dad having to worry about serving a perfect cake to guests and 2) the "big kids" get to indulge their sweet tooth. 

Apple Bread - double the recipe for a nice Bundt birthday cake.

1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup of sugar
1tsp vanilla (we use about 3 tsp.)
1 large egg
2 cups sifted flour (we never sift flour.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (we use about 2 tsp.)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp. milk
1/2 cup raisins (optional - add some dates.)
2 large apples, finely chopped
(after years making this, i find that using an apple slicer (the round kind with the slots) and then cutting the slices in half and then chopping them works best. If your apples are not of some sort of uniform size, the bread can get a bit too moist in some places and not enough in others)
1/2 cup walnuts, - optional - chopped finely or coarsely depending on how you prefer them

Combine oil, sugar and vanilla and cream until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.  Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.
Add milk, raisins, apples and nuts and dry ingredients to the creamed sugar/oil/vanilla.  Stir only until flour is well dampened

Bake at 375 degrees F in a well greased (and floured best) 9x5x4 loaf pan (the "regular size" Bake time 50-60 minutes and when you see top begin to crackle
Cool and remove from pan
***This bread/cake is very dense so the dough may seem not quite right to you as you are mixing it up.  It will appear a bit thick and chunky.***

You can make a nice powdered sugar glaze and pour on top when bread is almost cooled. We skip this mostly esp. as our boys love this bread without it.
This makes a YUMMY french toast when baked as bread - slice thick enough so that the bread won't crumble and gently dip in an egg batter. Fry in a pan and top with real maple syrup or spread with whipped cream cheese mixed with blueberry puree.


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