This is my sister’s dog who I walk twice a week. All boy and purebred Beagle. Here’s his horoscope for today. Yesterday, he played on the “Big Dog” side of the dog park. He gets rolled…a lot by the big boys but he doesn’t mind. Those you ignore him get barked at, incessantly. He refuses to not be the object of desire. He really doesn’t bark at home but in public, a bit obnoxious. Goodness. He’s fun. Did I tell you how he cries and howls in the car on the way to the park? Makes me laugh every time.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
You have no sheep to organize, only your friends. They might not take to being herded around, but they’re your only real option. The humans are out, it goes without saying. Make sure they know it’s not about power or prestige, but simply about following your instincts every now and again.
Want to find out your dog’s horoscope? Check out Yahoo!Shine.
Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake? Yes, please. Served this up at my blogging club this morning. Was a huge hit and very, very tasty. I’m exploring uses for pureed pumpkin. You can never go wrong when the recipe says “cream together brown sugar and eggs.”
Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake
Here’s the recipe. Great for year-round morning meetings!
From Williams Sonoma
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan Streusel
Lighter than you would expect, with the rich flavor of pumpkin and spices, and a thick layer of crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel, this coffee cake would make an ideal dish for the winter holidays or for a festive autumn brunch. Serve with big steaming cups of joe.
For the streusel:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted (see note below)
For the batter:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sour cream
For more pumpkin pie-like flavor add clove and allspice.
For the glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp milk wasn’t enough. Add milk until glaze is the consistency of syrup. Use fork to splatter over coffee cake.
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan or a 9-inch cake pan with 3-inch sides.
To make the streusel, in a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Toss in the butter and, using 2 table knives or a pastry cutter, cut it into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Alternatively, whir the ingredients in a food processor. Stir in the pecans. Set aside.
To make the batter, in a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the pumpkin puree and sour cream and mix with the spatula. Stir in the flour mixture. The batter will be quite thick.
Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel over the batter. Dollop the remaining batter over the streusel and spread the thick batter as best you can. Top with the remaining streusel. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the sides from the pan and slide the cake onto the rack.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over the top of the cake. Cut into thick wedges and serve. Makes one 9-inch coffee cake
Baker’s note: To toast pecans, preheat an oven to 325°F. Spread the nuts out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring often, until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 10 minutes.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Home Baked Comfort, by Kim Laidlaw (Weldon Owen, 2011).