I know what you are thinking. I was suddenly feeling overwhelmed by pumpkins and apples and 40 degree mornings. It got cold here and while I knew it was coming, I wasn't really ready for it! Ladybug and I had to pull out or SmartWool Socks, which, by the way, are the best things. ever. In fact, Ladybug traipsed around the house all day pointing to her feet and babbling incessantly on how cool her socks and how warm her feet were. I should totally get some free socks from Smartwool, now (I wish!!) because literally, they are the ONLY socks that we wear in the winter!
|Look at my socks, Mommy!|
In other news around our house, we've had some serious puppy pity parties going on. We noticed that poor little Scout had a growth on his leg, and every day it seemed to get bigger and angrier. A few days later I took him to the vet, and she agreed that it needed to come off. One operation and a few hundred dollars later, the vet says he's doing great and hopefully that will be the end of it. So we bring the poor guy home and not even 24 hours later he has pulled out all but two of his stitches. I take him back to the vet and he throws the biggest, most pathetic temper tantrum at the vet. As in whining, yelping, thrashing, slipping his collar, running through the lobby, vet techs running all over the place. In the end, it took THREE vet techs to hold down my 30 pound wimp. He got some staples put in, a new (tighter) cone, and we're good to go (except I am extremely embarrassed!) So, not a few days after that but he figures out how to get his cone off and pulls out his staples, too! This dog...luckily his incision was mostly healed and we decided instead of causing another scene, he would be ok.
This was originally supposed to be a plum and nectarine buckle, but my grocery store had one sad, shriveled, partially moldy plum, and I totally left it there. And, they only had 4 nectarines, and I really needed 5 or 6. But, persevere I did, and I really like how this turned out. It's kind of a coffee cake/breakfast/snack cake, and I've been munching on it non-stop. If you can find some nectarines (and some plums, too!) you will love this cake!
Nectarine Buckle (C Mom Cook)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (I used cinnamon instead)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup whole milk (I used 1% - it was all we had)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 pound nectarines, halved, pitted and cut into 1/2 inch thick wedges (4 cups) (or do half plums!)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brush a 9 inch square cake pan with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and set it aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, the baking powder, allspice (cinnamon), and salt. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, together egg, milk, vanilla and remaining 4 tablespoons or melted butter.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
Spread batter evenly into the buttered pan.
Toss the nectarines, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl.
Spread the fruit evenly over the batter.
To make the crumb topping, use a fork or your fingers to work together the brown sugar, flour, pinch of salt and softened butter (I added a sprinkle of cinnamon, too) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the topping on top of the fruit.
Bake at 350 until a cake tester (toothpick) inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, about 75 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for an hour before serving.