Friday, September 21, 2012
Update - The Prepared Family Cookbook
I know I have been promising a cookbook for over a year but, wow, what an undertaking! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My original plan was to have the cookbook ready for release in early autumn - just in time for the Sustainable Preparedness Expo, however, the book is not quite ready. But, not to worry - I have made wonderful progress and the book will be ready for review by the end of October. I'll keep you posted, but we should be having a book release (bomb) day around the middle of November!
Here is another recipe to wet your whistle. This is a specialty of Maid Elizabeth's. She has always loved Pound cake but when she added poppy seeds and almond extract, she knew she had a keeper.
Poppy Seed Pound Cake
2 C butter (1 pound)
2 1/4 C sugar (1 pound)
The longer you beat the butter and eggs, the lighter the cake
9 large egg yolks (1 pound)
1 C milk
3 T brandy or sherry (optional - we never use this)
2 tsp. vanilla or almond (our favorite) flavoring
Add and stir to combine:
4 C flour (1 pound)
1 T baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 C poppy seeds (depends on how many seeds you like)
9 stiff egg whites
Preheat your oven to 350°
Pour into a lightly greased and floured tube pan or two 5 x 9 inch bread pans and bake for about 1 hour or until the top surface of the cake springs back when you press on it gently with your fingers.
Let the cake cool thoroughly after it is done, cover and store for a couple of days to allow the flavor to mature.
Note: You do not have to separate the eggs and whip the whites. You can just add 9 eggs and call it good. We like to separate the eggs so that the cake is a little lighter.
Did you know that a pound cake was so named because the original recipe called for a pound of each ingredient? The first pound cake consisted of 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of eggs and 1 pound of flour. This created a dense, but immensely flavorful cake. Our version has added leavening agents to lighten the cake, but it is still heavy on the flavor.
Pour a stiff cup of coffee and enjoy!