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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Pay it Forward

Recently, GiGi announced that she was going to be a part of 'Pay it Forward'. Here, a blogger sends a homemade gift to 3 bloggers who want to join in. I knew that being a part of GiGi's homemade gift exchange would be a fun idea. Look what I was lucky enough to find on my door step. A homemade coffee cake~ GiGi style! Cardamon Spiced Crumb Cake. She had it packed tighter than a drum, and it made it all the way from California. I am just glad the Fed Ex man didn't know what he was delivering...
Or he may have eaten it along the way.

Cardomon-Spiced Crumb Cake
Crumb Topping
2 cups pecans
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 & 2/3 cups flour
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350°
To make the crumb topping, spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes until browned. Cool, then chop the nuts. In a medium bowl, combine butter with sugars, cardamon, and salt. Add the flour and stir until clumpy, stir in pecans.
To make the cake, whisk the flour with sugar, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, butter and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients an stir until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan, smoothing the surface. scatter the crumbs in large clumps over the cake. The crumb layer will be quite deep.
Bake for about 55 minutes, until the crumbs are golden and firm and a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. If the crumbs brown before the cake is done, cover loosely with foil.
To eat sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar.

I am saving it for breakfast with the friends this weekend~ it will be perfect with a cup of coffee. Thank you GiGi!
Now it is my turn to 'Pay it Forward'.
“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Paying It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, which is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

Anyone who wants to be a part and pass on some Holiday cheer~ let's 'Pay it Forward'. After all isn't giving what this season is all about?

Merry Christmas y'all,


windycorner said...

Hi Sandi,
I'm in! Everywhere I've been reading about Pay It Foward and wasn't sure how it worked. This is such a great idea, I can't wait to send some goodies on.

Jerry said...

Let's hope that someone from Australia doesn't chime in or you shall not be travelling as much next year! LOL

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Holly~ the early bird get the worm (well, you know what I mean)
Jerry~ maybe someone from Italy will and I will hand deliver!

Sandi McBride said...

Another recipe for my file!!! And one I've never had before, too wonderful! Thank you Gigi and thank you Sandi!]
Sandi (too)

Gigi said...

Sandi, thanks so much for participating! Have a great weekend.

kris said...

Hi Sandi - your gift looks too yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Just caught up on your posts - I've been so bad! Maybe after the! Anyway, looks like you're living to the fullest! I had a fun visit. Thanks!

ally said...

A short note to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

JANET said...

What a find!

RealEstateGirl said...

What a sweet thing to do! I love that movie, "Pay it Forward" by the way. GREAT CONCEPT and it always makes you feel so good when you give to others. At toll roads, we like to pay for the car behind us...just a little fun something and they always will catch up and give us a wave! Sometimes it's the small things that mean so much!

Hope you're having a good weekend!

love ya!

justabeachkat said...

Boy that cake sounds yummy! Enjoy a slice for me.


Kristen said...

If you don't already have your three, I'd love to participate. What a fantastic and fun idea!
Kristen at Dine and Dish

Southern Heart said...

What a nice idea! And that cake sounds delicious!...I hope that you're enjoying your holidays so far!

xo, Andrea

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Tracey- you are something else. That IS Pay it Forward!!!
Kristen you are number two... I'll send you and email, then you can be looking for the mailman.

Mary Isabella said...

Wow that is great!!! The cake looks and sounds so yummy. Mary

Anonymous said...

Love the Santa. It reminds me of the German type Santa.

Dr. Lori Tabb

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