Tuesday, November 24, 2009
truancy and recipes
Andrew is home sick. Again. He has another in his first-year-of-school series of colds. Isaac started it all last week and now Andrew has joined in with a fever, cough and drippy nose. I emailed his school again to tell them I would be keeping him home again. And I feel pretty guilty about the whole thing. Missing school is a big deal in my family. I won the perfect attendance award every year from Kindergarten until the sixth grade. Every Year. Every Day. I was there. My mom often tells us that she just wouldn't allow us to get sick. And so we didn't. So keeping Andrew home never settles well with me. But neither does sending him to school to sneeze and cough on his classmates. And so, he's home to sneeze and cough on me.
And now: a recipe!
I know it's practically Thanksgiving and you are probably more in mood for pumpkin pie than Coconut Cake. But this Coconut Cake is soooo good that you might be won over into making this instead of more traditional favorites. I'm sure your families will love it. Unless, of course, you have family members allergic to coconut. Then maybe just stick with Pumpkin Pie.
Coconut Cake It Is So Good
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup softened, unsalted butter
3 large eggs
2 t vanilla
1 t coconut extract (I didn't have any...so I just left it out)
1/4 t almond extract
2 1/2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3/4 cup chilled coconut milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Mix it together. Put it in a bundt cake pan (that fancy pan with a hole in the middle). Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350. Also makes great cupcakes!!!
Coconut Frosting It Is Also So Good
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 t vanilla
1 t coconut extract (or, you know, leave it out...)
1/4 t almond extract
Mix together everything but the milk and coconut. Drizzle in the milk a little at a time until you have a thick, but drippy consistency. Drizzle over cake. Sprinkle coconut on the frosting.
And one more thing and then I will leave you alone. Andrew decided to write a list of things we need. He wrote "bell" (backwards), "bananas" (also backwards), "grapes" and "robots". Then he punched holes in the paper, had me a tie a string to it so he could "wear it on his belly". Now everyone will know how desperately we need robots. He told me he added exclamation marks to the items on his list to make it all "more exciting!"
ok. that's it. I promise.