The Golden Recipe: Grandmother's Pound Cake
It's the recipe you've been searching for, to take you back to holidays passed.
Recipes passed from generation to generation are cherished forever. So you can imagine what holiday havoc occurred among our family when Nana's Pound Cake recipe went missing.
As disaster ensued, my mother searched online for a pound cake recipe, one just like Nana's -- similar ingredients, bake time, etc. With little hope and a lot of sugar, we attempted to bake a cake from allrecipes.com, "Grandmother's Pound Cake II."
Surprisingly, it was just like Nana's -- the texture, the smell, the way that it tasted even better the next morning with a cup of coffee. For those seeking tradition and wishing to reminisce, I highly recommend this recipe. Our secretly-added ingredient: vanilla extract. Definitely, a must.
Grandmother's Pound Cake II from allrecipes.com:
2 cups butter
3 cups white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease 3, 8x4 inch loaf pans, then line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract if you choose!
- Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. After removing them from the oven, immediately loosen cake edges with a knife. Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans. Strip off the parchment paper and cool completely on wire racks.