Friday, December 19, 2008

Just like Snackin' Cake

Please forgive this slightly off-topic post, but I'm so thrilled with this recipe that I had to share.

When I was little, my mom would make me snacks for when I came home from school. It was the 70s, so no one cooked from scratch (God forbid! That was too old-fashioned!!), but they were still good treats. My favorite was something called Snackin' Cake. It had this particular taste to it...I can't describe it, but I've been searching for it since I was a kid. And like the Supreme Court would know porn when it saw it, well, I'd know this taste when I tasted it.

Thanks to the following recipe from the Ann Arbor News, I think I found it. The important thing is to let it sit over night. The entire taste changes from great to Snackin' Cake great.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

1 cup vegetable oil
2 2/3 c sugar
4 large eggs
2 c pumpkin puree (I had frozen some from local pumpkins and used this)
2/3 c water
3 1/3 c of all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1/2 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
1 t nutmeg
1 t vanilla extract (I always put a little extra vanilla!)
1 1/2 c chocolate chips
(The recipe also calls for 1 c chopped walnuts or pecans, but Jeff had eaten the rest of the pecans so I couldn't add this).

Cook for an hour at 350 (took mine a little longer)
Cream together the oil, sugar, pumpkin, eggs and water. The batter will be very runny--don't worry about this.
In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir into the wet ingredients. Add vanilla, nuts (if using) and chips.
Spoon batter into two loaf pans, lightly greased. Bake for an hour or so.
Let it sit overnight!!
Enjoy! And thanks, Mom, for all of the great snacks when I was younger!

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