Pretty sure I wouldn’t make it without peanut butter. Secret: peanut butter cookies are my favorite, hands down! So I was delighted when Katy Jane messaged me about growing peanuts down in Texas! And she even was so kind to share Grandma Myrtle’s family recipe for peanut butter cake! There is nothing I love more than family recipes, so thank you Katy Jane!
Seaton Farm & Vine
Nicholas, Katy Jane & Tucker Seaton/Anthony, Traci & Landri Furgeson
- Are there any differences between your farm now and your farm when you were a kid?
The Oglala Aquifer continues to decline. We have diversified into wine grapes which are a lesser water intensive crop.
- Who farms with you and what are their roles?
We are made up of brother and sister team with their spouses – as far as who signs the bank note J The rest of the wheels are kept turning by our 80 year old grandparents, parents and endless family members. All generational farmers before us with a true understanding of farm life.
- What crops do you grow and why?
Cotton, Peanuts, Wine Grapes, Winter Wheat & Rye. Cotton because in West Texas cotton has been king, peanuts make for great rotation and the best fit for our land availability. The others mentioned serve as cover crops in-between because in West, TX you must tie down the dirt or it will blow away.
- What is your favorite thing to do with a food crop you grow?
Peanuts are an amazing source of protein they travel well from trucks to trackers and back again. Farmers in more hours in a day than most people combined. There is often a dessert present at meals hence the peanut cake.
- Any memories you want to share about this feature ingredient?
Our 2 yr old niece Landri is deathly allergic to peanuts. So special attention is paid to what trucks she rides in, when car seats are moved and clothing. During harvest after hours and hours in the field her daddy undergoes an intense cleaning regimen before entry into the house. Peanuts and their byproducts (oil) are extremely prevalent in our everyday food choices it’s been an adjustment for family members to stop & think before reaching or distributing snacks.
- What is one message you’d like to get across to the general public about what you do?
There isn’t just one way or set of parameters to farming. The land we use is serves as a platform for our future generations and taking care of it is our utmost intent & shared responsibility.
Much to my surprised, I had never even thought of baking a peanut butter cake!? This cake was delicious… I may have added a little more cocoa to the frosting than I should have… What can I say? I’m a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate!
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups ice water
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Cream wet ingredients together until smooth. Add dry ingredients and lastly water. Bake 350 degrees for about 50 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan.
- Beat all ingredients together, add milk to desired thickness.
- Frosting is also great on graham crackers!