Sunday, June 09, 2013

What I've done this weekend

At Starbucks before church.
Finished this up on Friday night. Don't look at the zipper installation; somewhere over the last year, I've lost my zipper mojo. Pretty funny, considering that I used so many of the new features on the machine successfully on this little bag, only to have less than optimal results on something I used to be able to do with my eyes shut.

It does indeed contain ink, in the form of my favorite architect's pens. I'm not sure who first recommended these to me, but I love them for writing. There are assorted fine point scrapbooking pens mixed in the lot as well.

This afternoon I turned to a more risky endeavor: baking. I'm off to a friend's for dinner tonight, and I said I'd bring dessert. If she is going to the trouble of making a home made meal, I can't very well bring a bag of Oreos and some ice cream for dessert.

A tiptoe through the Baking With Julia cookbook turned up a recipe for classic pound cake. I adore pound cake, but rarely buy it and have never made it. There's always a first time, right? Besides, the most difficult part of the recipe is greasing and flouring the tube pan.

I'm not sure this will make it to Pam's
without being cut into..
Yes, the recipe called for baking the cake in a tube pan, rather than a traditional loaf pan. Okay then...a tube pan just happens to be something I have (in my "twelve things" I can bake, I've a killer chocolate chiffon cake that bakes in a tube pan).

A pound cake is called a pound cake because the original proportions called for a pound of butter, pound of sugar and pound of eggs...this only takes half a pound of butter, two cups of sugar and three eggs, but that's probably more than enough. It's also a "vanilla" cake, with two teaspoons of good Mexican vanilla added at the very end of mixing.

The house smells fantastic right now. I've raspberries to macerate and serve over the cake; Pam said she has a bit of ice cream. Sounds about perfect to me.


melissa said...

Your cake looks perfect, and 3 eggs is nothing for a pound cake. I'll have to look up that recipe, because I really don't like it when they tasty eggy. This one might be just plain old vanilla loveliness. Wish you could drop off a slice or two to me. :)

Diane said...

"Vanilla loveliness" is a perfect way to describe it. In spite of leaving a chunk with Pam and dropping off just under half a cake with Holly, I still came home with a good sized piece. They say it's really good lightly toasted as the base for an ice cream sundae...

45th Parallel Quilter said...

I would do my best "happy dance" if you would share that chocolate chiffon cake recipe with me. DH's birthday is coming in July and he would LOVE that ... I can just see it with your macerated raspberries or strawberries or blueberries or a combo of all of them ... {{{tummy growling}}} Linda