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There are a lot of chefs and bakers out there if you pay attention to all the cooking shows but chances are, not all of your neighbors are baking cakes this week.
Maybe your grandma did bake every other week using a cake recipe from her grandma with the purest of ingredients. If so, that’s a recipe worth asking for.
The butter, the eggs, the flour and sugar were unlikely to be tainted by chemicals and additives back fifty years or so. The ingredients were likely organic without the organic label.
I don’t know about you, but most grocery store cakes and box cakes don’t measure up to a cake made from scratch. And I mean, made by hand, or with a bread maker, or both.
Pound cakes are a real decadent treat notably for that pound of butter. It may not be your grandma’s nostalgic pound cake recipe, but the following old fashioned pound cake recipe could possibly bring back some tasty memories.
- 1 lb Organic butter softened
- 3 cups Organic sugar
- 6 Organic or free range eggs
- 4 cups sifted organic all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup organic milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash of salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan and set aside. Cream the butter and gradually add small amounts of sugar and mix at medium speed until the texture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix after each one. Add small amounts of flour and alternate with small amounts of milk. Mix briefly. You can turn off the mixer when adding more of the flour and milk. Do not over mix. The cake could come out dry. You can add the flavorings in while mixing the flour and milk if you’d like or stir in afterwards. Mix the batter until just blended on just over medium speed.
Pour the batter into the tube pan and spread evenly with a spatula if necessary. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool at least 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan. You can transfer it to a wire rack to allow it to continue to cool.
Of course any recipe can be altered to fit to your dietary requirements but if you want to indulge yourself, enjoy!
*You can use ingredients that don’t contain hormones or additives to be as organic as possible without breaking your budget.