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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Remember The First Time You Had Pound Cake?



Boy, I sure do! My mom was an indifferent cook, probably because my dad was an indifferent eater! However, coming from a Dutch family, she could bake with the best of them! Her recipes were hand-written, and a pinch of this, and a dab of that would actually be the instruction... One day, I came home from school to see a squat, bread shaped baked good I had never seen before.. "Mom! What did you bake?" "It's a pound cake, with lemon glaze". She had me at lemon- up until that moment, my favorite dessert was lemon meringue pie! It looked pretty plain, and my first bite was hesitant- but my eyes widened at the moist richness, and lemony flavor that assaulted my taste buds!
This cake can be made so many different ways, I won't even go into it. The original "pound cake" was just that- 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of flour, 1 pound of eggs... most recipes aren't that far off from that, even though we add salt, baking powder, and flavorings... Today I made a Sour Cream Almond Pound cake... it will probably get topped with whipped cream!
Just got done, and have never been more disappointed in my life.. 6 eggs, 3cups of sugar, etc., my pound cake was a bust. Recipe off Internet, got to edible pieces out of a whole cake.. This is the second time I trusted some idiot who wrote down a recipe, and found it inedible! Shame on me- never again!
Tonight we also had a Midwest snack we call "Pigs in a blanket" .. a cooked sausage link,wrapped in a cresent roll and baked for about 10 minutes at 400F. Made 8, you saw the last one! Good stuff!

20 comments:

Jen said...

: ) Don't you have your mom's recipe?

doggybloggy said...

go with your instincts buff - you should know better by now....gut feelings and a dab of this and that next time....what happened to it? Mushy? Hard like a brick?

buffalodick said...

Jen- No- mom didn't write down much..
DogB- Soggy.. caved in the middle- tasted OK, but what a mess..

Dana said...

Sorry about the pound cake buff, but I do love some blanketed pigs!

Beth said...

OH

MY

GOD


I think I love you Big Beaver

Mona said...

Pigs in a blanket :D some funny names you have there for your goodies :D

I love pound cake too But don't eat too much of it because of the calories! But mine turns out perfect and is a rage here!

we measure in grams & kilograms though...

Roger said...

And watch out for those recipes that call for a pinch of black powder! You'll blow your ass off!

HoodChick said...

MMMMMMM, cake.

My mom was a horrible cook. She got married when she was 16 though, so what can you expect (and surprisingly not because she was knocked up.)

I'm not such a hot "cook" either, baking is more my thing. I love sweets.

Akelamalu said...

I've never had pound cake. :(
It's so annoying when a recipe doesn't work isn't it? What a shame you didn't get your mom's recipe. Pigs in blankets are sausages wrapped in bacon here.

Jeanne said...

What a drag to go to put that much effort in only to fail. I found a recipe (in a cookbook of county-fair winning recipes) for these peanut butter rice krispie treats with a ribbon of semi-sweet chocolate through the middle. It looked pretty simple, and I must have tried to reproduce it 4 or 5 times, till Bill finally said, "Enough!"

Really pisses me off that I couldn't make it turn out right....

buffalodick said...

Dana- Kind of retro, but take them to a party- and they get gone!
Beth- Cool little snack with a good mustard, aren't they?
Mona- I used cake flour instead of all purpose- it should have been better!
Rog- Baking powder?
Hoodie- I'd rather cook- more forgivng!
Ake- That sounds tasty, too!
Jeanne- we make those a lot, but chocolate goes on top like frosting- easier!

Odat said...

I don't bake but I am very fussy about pound cake! It's hard to find a good one, that's for sure.

Peace

buffalodick said...

Odat- I make good pound cake, and this one didn't come out... This so cheeses me off...

Dr Zibbs said...

Pepperidge Farms actually makes a pretty good one.

G-Man said...

So how many eggs are in a pound of eggs?

buffalodick said...

Doc- pound cake or "pigs"?
G-man- about 6 big ones...

Chef E said...

My father loved keeping pound cake around, he had such good discipline when it came to a slice once a day, me I would eat it right up, if lemon was included...have you seen the new 'mummies in a blanket' they are making for halloween now? I like the traditional ones myself...

Photonuts said...

Yes, pound cake is good too...

Tanya Kristine said...

sour cream almond pound cake. so dense andmoist...yum!

Marjie said...

I've posted pound cake recipes. I promise they're good. My grandmother cooked with pinches, handfuls, and "cook until done." Hey, whatever works.