Perusing today – my mind zooming around like a car on a racetrack. I’ve gone the gamut, from reminiscing about past experiences; friends and family; what to fix for dinner tonight, and worrying about anything and everything. Anything and everything are the key words here – thoughts fluttering around like the hummingbirds who visit my feeder. I don’t think I solved any of my problems, but I sure got a good workout!!
The one thing I did settle on was what recipe to share with you today. When I was referencing the hummingbirds I immediately thought of a wonderful cake that has become a Southern staple – and one I have made many times. This cake, made with bananas and pineapple, originated in Jamaica and was originally named the “Doctor Bird” cake, which is another name for the hummingbird on that island. One of the first known United States published recipes for this cake was in the February 1978 issue of Southern Living magazine. It’s usually 2-3 layers, but there are many variations. Here’s my one-pan pound cake version:
Hummingbird Pound Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour (White Lily)
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 ¾ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4)
1 small (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
¾ cup canola oil
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1-2 teaspoons half-and-half
Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon in mixing bowl. In mixing bowl of the beloved Kitchen Aid stand mixer, add flour mixture, eggs, bananas, pineapple, canola oil and vanilla. Mix well but don’t overbeat. Stir in pecans. Pour into greased and floured Bundt or pound cake pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely. Prepare glaze, and spoon over top. Garnish with more pecans, if desired (why not???).
Until next time, please be kinder than necessary; sometimes the things that we can’t change end up changing us.