Saturday, September 3, 2011

Simple Pleasures

On this Labor Day weekend, I'm reminded that often the best things are the simple ones.  Being with family, a brat from the grill, and simple, old-fashioned cakes.

I've had a hankering for this pound cake for a couple of weeks, so I decided to make it for this weekend.  It's an old recipe from my mother, called simply "Wonderful Pound Cake."  Which it is!

Wonderful Pound Cake
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (can omit)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2/3 cup milk
2 1/4 cup sifted flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Stir the butter or margarine to soften.  Gradually add sugar and cream together until light and fluffy.  (Beat about 3 minutes on medium speed.)  Add lemon peel, if used, and lemon juice.  Add milk and mix enough to break up creamed mixture.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until smooth (about 2 minutes on low speed).  Scrape down at least once.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating 1 minute after each (low speed).  Beat additional 1 minute at the end.  Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.

Bake in greased and floured 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 loaf pan at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

And because a little chocolate never hurts, I also made this easy chocolate pudding cake!

Happy Labor Day!

Printable recipe for pound cake

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