Seasonal Recipe – Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Even though Applesauce Cake Day has already passed us by, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a moist and fruity cake all year round. This Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake recipe is packed full of great flavors and even features a decadently rich and creamy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. You can whip up this delicious recipe with a couple ingredients from Hickory Farms. It’s sure to be a hit at your next family gathering!

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Bake the cake

Start by getting your oven ready by preheating it to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grease a small pan with butter or line it with parchment paper.

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Next, combine some butter, a dash of vanilla and a scoop of brown sugar into a stand mixer. You want your butter to be whipped and airy. Then, add in your eggs and some apple sauce. After everything is mixed together, reduce the speed of your mixer and slowly add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and a variety of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or whatever other spices you prefer.

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Once your batter is thoroughly stirred, chop up a handful of our mixed nuts and throw them into the mix. Add your batter to the prepared pan and place in your preheated oven. Then, bake until your cake is nice and golden brown.

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Add the finishing touches

No cake is complete without a decadent frosting. Simply combine cream cheese, butter and a bit of vanilla in a mixer until the frosting is nice and fluffy. Then, finish by adding powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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Once your cake is cool, spread your frosting over the entire surface of the cake, making sure to cover the sides well. For extra texture, top the frosting with more chopped nuts.

 

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With this delicious recipe and a couple of essential ingredients from Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, which features a mixture of almonds, cashew and pecans — you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious applesauce cake all year long.

Seasonal Recipe: No Bake Lemon Cashew Squares

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What happens when you combine the nutty, slightly salty deliciousness of cashews with a light and creamy tart lemon topping? The answer is the perfect springtime dessert. Take advantage of the yummy cashews in Hickory Farms Colossal Cashews Gift Tin to prepare one of our favorite recipes, delicious No Bake Lemon Cashew Squares.

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Start by preparing the base

Using a food processor, throw in a handful of your cashews, an equal amount of raw almonds and about 20 Medjool dates, making sure to remove the pits. Pulse the ingredients until you have a nice chop and everything is well mixed. To maintain a good texture, make sure you don’t pulse too much.

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After your mixture has reached the perfect consistency, add it to your baking dish and push down to spread the fruits and nuts evenly. Then, simply place the base in the freezer.

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Make the fluffy whipped topping

To add a burst of cashew flavor, you can incorporate more cashews into the topping. Start by soaking a couple cups of cashews in water for two hours. Then, rinse and drain the nuts. Place the soaked cashews in the food processor, along with lemon zest and lemon juice. To add a hint of the tropics, mix in a bit of coconut nectar and coconut oil. Finish with a vanilla bean flesh and process until smooth. Once you have a nice, fluffy consistency, stir in a can of coconut cream and process again until the mixture is super creamy.

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Now that you have your silky topping prepared, simply pour it over the base and place the whole thing in the refrigerator. Let your bars cool overnight, allowing them to solidify a bit. When you’re ready to serve, just cut your bars into squares and top with a little sprinkle of chopped cashews.

 

Whether you’re looking for an easy make-ahead dessert for entertaining or a simple weeknight treat for the family, these delicious bars are the perfect choice. With our Colossal Cashews Gift Tin and a delicious recipe, we’ll always have your next dessert covered.

 

Gourmet Lunch Box – Delicious Sandwich Ideas

Composed of gourmet meat, cheese and freshly baked bread, sandwiches are a simple and delicious option for a fast lunch on the go. With the help of our Hickory Farms gift baskets and a few simple tips, you can whip up delectable sandwiches in moments. Try these five recipes and transform a simple lunch into a gourmet experience.

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You can bring to mind images of the French countryside with Open Faced Cornichon Butter Sandwiches. Starting with a nice crusty baguette, roughly chop a handful of cornichons, a small, tart European pickle and mix everything into fresh butter. Spread the mixture on half of your baguette and top with thin slices of our Signature Beef Summer Sausage.

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If you’re looking for a grown up version of grilled cheese, try a Balsamic Strawvocado. Just add mashed avocado and slices of strawberries to two pieces of toasted wheat bread and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Top with our Farmhouse Cheddar and Peppercorn Cheese Round and place in a skillet until it’s melted and gooey.

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Bring home the tropics with a spicy fish sandwich. Coat your fish in cornmeal and Cajun seasoning before pan frying. Then, using a kaiser roll, stack the fish, some shredded cabbage, cilantro and tomato, along with a spread of our Honey and Pineapple Mustard.

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Jazz up a deli sandwich with homemade onion relish. Cook down red onion in olive oil and red wine vinegar and toss with fresh herbs. Finish by layering our Turkey Summer Sausage, our Sweet Hot Mustard and relish on thickly-sliced bread.

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For a delicious sweet and savory treat that really takes the traditional cheese sandwich to the next level, try a Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Sandwich. Slice a baguette in half and spread each side with fig jam and slices of our Smoked Gouda cheese. Place the sandwich under the broiler until the cheese melts and the bread is a nice golden color. Finish with a sprinkle of arugula.

 

With these simple recipes and the gourmet meats and cheeses from Hickory Farms’ Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, you can turn an ordinary sandwich into something truly special.