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Tastes almost like LAUSD coffee cake

I didn’t attend the L.A. Unified School District when I was little. I went to Catholic School for elementary, middle school and high school. So I didn’t have a chance to grow up eating an LAUSD coffee cake. I actually didn’t even get to try one until I was an adult, 2016 to be exact.

I heard all about this coffee cake from my friends that attended LAUSD. They said it was the best coffee cake ever. When they were little, they always looked forward to the days that they got to eat one at school. They even ask their kids who go to LAUSD now to bring one home for them (but that usually doesn’t happen).

One of my co-workers duplicated the recipe and brought some LAUSD coffee cake to work. That was the first time that I tried it (back in 2016) and I can see why it’s addicting.

I did a google search for the LAUSD coffee cake recipe and there are so many different ones out there. None of them being the same. The one I chose involved buttermilk or dry milk. I used buttermilk. It also involved a water and vinegar mixture and alternating mixing that with the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. I’m assuming this is to create bubbles in batter. I researched and discovered that vinegar in the batter helps the cake rise. There is a scientific reaction between the vinegar and baking soda and when they combine together, they release carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide gas helps the cake to rise.

The end result was a very delicious coffee cake. I personally don’t think it tastes like an LAUSD coffee cake but it tastes almost like an LAUSD coffee cake. Either way, my son and I enjoyed it.

Here is a link to the recipe that I used:

http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/2012/06/lausd-old-school-coffee-cake.html

There are lots of recipes out there for LAUSD coffee cake. I might try other ones until I find my go-to coffee cake recipe.

Happy Baking!

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Alien finger cookies

 

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I made these cookies for a Halloween party. I suppose it would have been more appropriate to share in October but hey, you can enjoy alien finger cookies anytime of the year. Why not. I’ve used this recipe many times before in many different ways. Sounds poetic, but it’s true. For example, I’ve made them as bloody finger cookies- Creepy Halloween Finger Cookies. Use your imagination to fit the occasion because these cookies are delicious and very easy to make. Here’s the recipe:

2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
peanuts
green food dye

Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together the yolk of the first egg with the second egg and vanilla. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg mixture. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and about 6 drops of green food dye. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

When dough is chilled and ready, roll each piece back and forth to form finger shapes about 3 to 4 inches long.

When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white.

Place and push peanuts into the dough to attach the “nails”.

Bake until lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Happy baking!