Monday, February 20, 2012

Food Storage Trainer

Do you have a personal Food Storage Trainer?  I do.  Her name is Crystal and she is amazing.

Recently I have started frequenting a Mormon Cannery.  (A what?  Look is up yourself.  You may have one in your area, and they are worth checking out.) Through searching the internet looking for a cannery location, I came upon Crystal's blog.  She is young, busy with little children, and yet has time to put together a terrific blog.  Videos and recipes, and all sorts of information to pour over.

Over the past few months, I have tried many of her recipes.  In fact yesterday, I wowed the family with a Pineapple Upside Down Cake made with ... wait for it ... garbanzo beans !  Okay okay, Crystal told me to use white beans, but I didn't have any.  With a can of garbanzo beans on the shelf, I did what I had to do.  Yummy.  I was going to take a picture, but it's all gone.  Below is Crystal's picture.  I hope that she doesn't mind me borrowing it.  

She put hers in muffin tins for individual little cakes.  I was lazier than her, and popped mine in a 9x13 pan.  All was well.  Below is her recipe.  I tweeked it a bit only to make it easier to read.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (20 oz) can pineapple rings, drained with juice reserved ( use crushed pineapple if making cupcakes)
Maraschino cherries
1 cup butter, softened (or 1 cup white bean puree)
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
 1/2 tsp salt 
1.  Combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter; spread on bottom of greased 9×13 inch pan. Place pineapple rings and cherries on top. 
2.  Cream the remaining 1 cup butter (or bean puree) with sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and beat well.
3.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture. 
4.  Beat in 1 cup of the reserved pineapple juice. Pour batter over pineapple rings and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5.  Cool slightly, serve warm. To serve, flip individual cake pieces over to show pineapple. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Serves 12 happy people

If you want to make cupcakes. Simply spread the brown sugar butter mixture on the bottom of 24 greased cupcake pans (you won’t be able to use liners for these). Divide crushed pineapple and cherries and place on top of mixture. Pour batter on top to 2/3 full. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then turn over.  Serves 24

Try this recipe and check out her blog.  Enjoy!

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