March 31, 2012

Simple is often Best....

Do you have fond memories of your mother or grandmother 
creaming butter and sugar together in a big bowl in 
preparation for making a simple tea cake while you sat in the kitchen.
Many times the most simplest of cakes were the most delicious...
especially because they were made by mom!

I love to bake for my family & friends....
perhaps it is because the warm memories of my mom and grandma
 and the love they showered on us through their baking floods my heart as
 I  lovingly prepare to return that love to those in my life!

A "simple" Tea Cake baked with L-O-V-E!

  1. 2/3 c. Butter softened
    Vanilla 1tsp
    Caster sugar 2/3 cup
    Egg (1)
  2. Self-raising flour – 1 cup
  3. Milk  1/3 cup
  4. Butter 2 tbl.  melted
    Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
    Caster sugar 1 tbsp, extra
Preheat oven to 350-375 F, 10 mins before baking. Grease a round cake pan; line base with baking paper. Beat butter, vanilla, sugar & egg in a small bowl with electric mixer until light & fluffy; this process will take 5-10 mins, depending on the type of mixer used.
Using wooden spoon, gently stir in sifted flour and milk. Make sure that there are no lumps.Spread mixture into prepared pan.
Bake cake in the preheated oven for about 30 mins. Turn cake onto wire rack then turn top-side up; brush top with extra melted butter, sprinkle with combined cinnamon & extra sugar. Serve warm with butter, if desired.
Notes: Taking care to thoroughly beat the butter, essence, sugar and egg will result in a light-as-air texture to this cake, best when eaten warm with butter. You can store this cake at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 2 days.
Substitution for self raising flour – to get 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder+ 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour. (source:
Substitution for caster sugar: to get 1 cup caster sugar. process 1 cup granulated sugar (usual sugar) in a food processor/mixer until fine.

Stay Cozy,

March 19, 2012

Have you missed me?

I am  sorry  I have been so "MIA" lately...
but after being a "working from home" mom raising 5 children 
for the past 30 years... and a 17 yr old daughter still at home...
I started a new job as an administrative assistant at our church
(which I love)
 working three full days a week!!
It may not seem like a lot for some of you but with shops on ebay and etsy ...
and another part time position with a catering company...
I am afraid my "Cottage Cozy" blog has been a bit neglected!
I have so enjoyed visiting your lovely blogs whenever 
I have a few minutes to relax...
and intend to get back to my regular posts very soon!
I love all my blogging friends...and adore reading your
 heartfelt comments!

So don't forget me!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

March 4, 2012

A sweet morsel....

 Baking up some chocolaty goodness...

They may be small but they did the trick to 
satisfy my chocolate fix!

staying cozy...
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