Admittedly, the hoopla over red velvet cake has always left me perplexed.
Sure, the dramatic color captures your fancy — for a hot second.
Then, as quickly, reality tells you that’s all due to red food coloring. At which point, I say, “Pass me a wedge of all-real devil’s food cake instead.”
“Red Velvety Strawberry Cake,” though, sparked a far different reaction.
It had me all in from the get-go.
Nope, no artificial anything in this stunning cake. No food coloring whatsoever — only an entire bottle of red wine.
And if that doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will.
To be fair, this cake doesn’t possess that vivid maroon you expect from red velvet. Instead, the wine, which first gets reduced before being added into the batter, adds the merest bit of rosiness to the dark chocolate-colored cake. The wine (I used a Pinot Noir) also adds a touch of acidity to balance out all the sweetness.
Think of this as a subtle riff on a cheddar apple pie.
Because this focaccia that’s loaded with salty-nutty tasting Pecorino also gets a pretty crowning touch of thinly sliced, sweet apple rings over the top.
This tender, airy Italian bread started out life simply as “Cheese Focaccia.”
But when life gives you a bounty of fresh, crunchy, and juicy Pazazz apples, you want to put them on simply everything.
After all, these delicious apples, a relative of the popular Honeycrisp, are a great source of fiber, too. In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research has joined with Pazazz apples in the fight against cancer. February is National Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to double-down on a diet rich in healthful foods such as apples.
You can do your part even further by uploading your photo to the Pazazz superhero filter here, and Pazazz will donate $1 to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Or simply text PAZ to 797979 to generate the $1 donation, too.
Find Pazazz apples now through summer at local Safeway stores. Then, get ready to bake a big pan of this focaccia.