If this weren’t a leap year we’d be done tonight…
IT’S BACON DAY AND NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY!
Truly fitting that in our last moments of the Food Holiday Challenge that we revisit some classic food holiday shenaniganry: having two holidays for the same food. That’s right, bacon’s been done before. So it wasn’t too hard to just get some bacon and make it. It went perfectly with the latkes AK made for brunch.
Nueske’s is the business.
Latkes being prepared.
AK was kind of scared of the bacon in the hot pan.
Latkes are best served with applesauce and sour cream, btw.
Bicarbonate of Soda. Sodium Bicarbonate has many uses in food as a leavening agent, like we used in our date nut bread not long ago (and ate today as part of Baking Soda day). It also has a number of non-food uses, including: pest control, disinfectants, fire extinguishers, personal hygiene, and running jokes from Groucho Marx. So thanks, science! You made food and the world better.
Tomorrow… is National Champagne Day!
Applesauce… cake? Yes!
IT’S NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY!
When you get into cooking at home, and you’ve started to get a hang of it, the first real way to branch out is to look at what to substitute. If you’ve watched Chopped, you’ll know what we’re talking about. In baking, you have a hell of a lot of options. One of the more common, but still intriguing, ones is using applesauce. It creates a lot of moisture and cooks well, so you can use significantly less butter and oil and eggs. Here’s our recipe for Applesauce Cake:
Cream together 1/3 cup light butter, 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup of applesauce and beat it in!
Add 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract. You can also add nuts/raisins if you like.
Put it into a greased/sprayed pan
Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes
It turned out pretty well! As SPiel said, the smell was even better than the taste. It has a comforting apple-cinnamon scent and flavor. The inside is really fluffy because the moisture from the applesauce kept the cake from falling flat and dense in the process of baking. It’s very simple, very light, and very tasty!
Tomorrow is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! (Yesssssssss!)