I'm not sure if Mom has already posted this recipe or not. If it's a repeat, I apologize. ;o)
Ukrop's had strawberries (red, ripe, gloriously smelling strawberries) for $1.50/box today and I decided we would have strawberries with fresh whipped cream over lemon pound cake for our Valentine's treat. This recipe works best if you have a stand mixer as you have to beat it for 15 minutes.
Granny Tess Lemon Pound Cake
3 sticks butter
3 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 t lemon extract
Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat, scraping bowl as needed. Alternate adding the flour and milk (1/3 each time), beating between each addition, again, scraping bowl as needed. Add vanilla and lemon extracts and beat for 15 minutes. <--This step is especially important as it makes the batter smooth as silk and quite fluffy. (I added a little lemon zest today, just because.)
Bake at 350 for about an hour and fifteen minutes, checking often after one hour. (I usually use my nose to tell me when it's getting close to done. Once you've made the cake a few times, you get the scent of it.)
Turn out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.
This next step is optional (Jessie's not a particular fan but B and I LOVE it).
1 cup lemon juice and 2 cups confectioner's sugar and mix well. Pour over cake after cake is cool. I do this by putting the glaze back in the bunt pan and putting the cake back in the pan and letting it soak in.
This cake is an excellent picnic/church function/bake sale/office surprise cake. It's quick, easy and SOOOOO delicious.
A few new acquisitions from the last several months:
Reader's Digest New Complete Guide To Sewing
Simple Gifts To Stitch by Jocelyn Worrall
The Salvage Studio by Amy Duncan, Beth Evans-Ramos, Lisa Hilderbrand
French General Home Sewn: 30 Projects For Every Room In The House by Kaari Meng
Stitched In Time by Alicia Paulson
Quick and Easy Slipcovers by Gail Abbott
and last but not least,
101 Crochet Stitches by Harmony Guides ...
I can finally crochet more than a double stitch! Woohoo!