Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day to All...

Today is a day that we take a moment to remember those who served our country! Thank and pray for those who were able to come home and those families who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We thank you ALL for your dedication and sacrifice.

This weekend I was able to go South and visit my family. Nice to be able to remember what is important in life.....FAMILY!!! I always enjoy looking forward to these weekends since they tend to consist of a room with over 20 people, a lot of laughs and great food. Luckily for me they let me bake... So for this event I was asked to create a classic  - Strawberry Shortcake featuring my Ging-gi's Pound Cake .

Over the last few years, classic recipes have been taken to crazy limits with unique changes or themes. But for me, I think this recipe is as simple as it gets and needs to stay that way. As most Pound Cake recipes go....the less ingredients the better!

Ging-gi's Pound Cake
1 C Unsalted Butter, softened (plus additional for pan)
2 C White Sugar
2 C Unbleached Flour
1 Tsp Vanilla
5 Eggs

Turn oven on to 350 Degrees. Grease and Flour Bundt Pan (I use wax paper when greasing with room temp butter). In a bowl, cream together Butter and Sugar. Add one egg at a time alternating with Flour. Add Vanilla and combine well. Put into prepared pan and smooth top. Cook for 55 minutes. Check if done with toothpick (should come out clean).

Now here is my Grandmothers trick that works wonders with a Bundt pan. (Thankful for her tricks she taught me) Remove pan from oven and put cooling rack on top of pan and flip over so top of pan is resting on cooling rack (Do not lift off pan!).

Now wet a hand towel with cold water and place on top of hot pan (do not burn yourself!!) Push down in hole between pan to help take out heat and stop the crust of cake from continuing to cook. Let sit for about a minute. Repeat two more times. Pan should be cool to the touch now. Bang cooling rack and pan (at the same time together) on counter and cake should pop right out.

Enjoy this recipe and moments with your own family!!!

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