We would like to shine our Saturday Star Spotlight on Patti Berry, the "PattiCakes Baker"
Patti is our Faculty Advisor in our Campus Kitchen. She is married to Dave Berry who shares his "Capture the Moment Monday" Posts on our Blog and heads up the Photography Studio and Government Center on our campus. Patti and Dave have two married children.
Baking is probably Patti's favorite thing to do. She credits her Mom for her love of baking. She says, "If I am bored...I bake. If I am hungry...I bake (warning...this can be a dangerous habit.) If there is a special occasion...I bake. If it is Thursday...I bake for the hospital I volunteer for on Fridays. For the last 16 years, the Doctors and Nurses in the Outpatient Surgery Department have told me that if I ever open a bakery, they will be my best customers!"
Patti shares recipes she has collected from all over. Many of them handed down from her Mother. Others, she has found on some of the delicious websites she recommends. Here is one of her favorites.
Have you tried the fabulous Hershey's Cinnamon Chips? They are one of the best things Hershey's makes..and not all stores carry them, so you may have to try a few stores before finding them..but they are well worth the hunt!! And good luck getting this batter into the muffin tins before eating it!! These muffins are so moist and will fill your kitchen with wonderful smells as they are baking...CAUTION...may cause crowding in your kitchen! Smiles.
(makes about 22-24 muffins or one 9x13 cake)
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant vanilla or cheesecake pudding mix
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup water
3/4 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup applesauce
1 pkg Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine flour, sugar, pudding mixes, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, mix water, eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients mixing until moistened. Add cinnamon chips, mix well. Fill greased muffin cups (or use paper holders) 2/3 full. Combine topping ingredients, sprinkle over batter.
Bake @350 for approximately 20 minutes. When done baking, drizzle a glaze of powdered sugar and milk over the top.
To find more delicious recipes, visit the Hershey's Kitchens at http://www.hersheys.com/
Patti Berry is the Faculty Advisor for the Campus Kitchen at the Computer School for Seniors (http://www.cs4seniors.com/)