Twink's Treats: Pounds Matter
Growing up in the south during the 60’s and 70’s was iconic for me. You may have guessed that I do love to cook, and so much of my foundation was laid by the great southern cooks in my family and extended family. You’ll see their influence throughout my recipes, although I branched out long ago and love all types of food. But, there’s nothing like a great cake, especially a great pound cake. Not the kind made with a cake mix (although there’s a place and time for that), but the real, velvety, rich classic pound cake. When I was young, a lady who could make a great pound cake was revered. My Aunt Mildred made a great pound cake, and that sparked me onward. It takes time, and this is definitely not for the calorie watchers, but it is a great cake for a special occasion.
You can use any flavoring, vanilla, almond, etcetera, but I use lemon in this version as my son, Chris, loves lemon. Here’s my version of the classic southern lemon pound cake:
Twink’s Lemon Pound Cake
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup milk or half and half (I use Land of Lakes Half and Half)
1 teaspoon lemon extract (not lemon flavoring, but the real extract- such as McCormick’s)
Cooking spray with baking powder in it – (I use the Pam’s version)
With a heavy duty stand mixer, cream butter and shortening together until light and fluffy. Add sugar, a little at a time until well mixed. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixer alternately with half and half, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Add lemon extract. Spray tube pan liberally with cooking spray; pour into pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack, then glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 T. half and half
1 t. lemon extract
Mix glaze ingredients together until smooth and adjust flavor if needed, adding more sugar or more lemon extract – drizzle over pound cake.
Cut yourself a piece, admire your work – and enjoy!!!
Until next time, be kinder than necessary, and make someone’s day bright today.