Another Succesful Day……
Everyone did a good job today…..there was only one reminder. When cleaning up for dinner…they needed a reminder and were told if I had to keep reminding them they would have another week tacked on……Randy said better yet…let Colleen do the cooking and them have to clean up after her….I’m not sure that I would have the heart to do that to the poor boys.But they are actually enjoying the work…..
Tonights dinner was seared pork loin in mushroom gravy with mashed potatoes and since Robbie grabbed the veggie I knew it would be peas.
I knew that whoever made it to the freezer first would either bring peas or corn. It would be peas if it was Robbie and corn if it was Charlie….Robbie won that one.
Charlie made Almond Pound Cake for dessert. They were so proud of themselves. They did a great job cleaning up as we prepared dinner….Charlie was wondering why they didn’t always do that..
Here is the recipe for the Almond Pound Cake….
- 3 cups of sugar
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
- 5 eggs room temperature(cracked and lightly beaten with a fork)
- 1 cup of oil
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract( may substitute lemon if preferred)
Mix together the sugar,flour and baking powder.
Cut the two sticks of softened butter into the flour mixture using two knives criss crossing them together or a pastry knife. The flour mixture will look somewhat chunky and crumbly.This is what you want.
Next, add the eggs, all ready lightly beaten,oil,milk,vanilla extract and almond extract.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE A MIXER TO MIX THIS CAKE. MIX BY HAND ONLY.
Mix all the ingredients by hand. Do not overmix, but you want to make sure everything has been incorporated.
Bake for 90 minutes at 325. I sometimes bump it up to 350. The top will crack open and be a nice golden crunchy brown. When tested the cake tester should come out clean….allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the pan then remove to a wire wrack….
If you happen to have Great Pyrenee living nearby…or in the same house…make sure the cake is at least above 6 feet. They are strongly addicted to almond pound cake and have been known to steel one or two due to their masters hummm blindness…yes that’s it. Run out the back door with said cake in their mouth…aiming for the biggest pile of leaves they can find to bury the cake so you will not try to retrieve said cake…..Great Pyr’s have been known to then turn around and grin right at you waiting for you to leave so they can then retrieve said cake and eat!!!
I should know….I have lost two pound cakes that way….and don’t think pushing the cake onto the back of the stove will be out of his reach…when he stands on his hind legs….the back of the stove is nothing…..the top of the fridge just might be high enough….All though He did climb up on a chair one time, which had he thought to step onto the counter….the fridge wouldn’t have been high enough……Take this as a friendly warning…..
The preferred method of baking in this household is in two loaf pans(bread pan). Hubby likes to slice the cake and toast it in the morning with butter and jelly…It is very yummy this way. We also like to eat it warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The Great Pyr has been known to enjoy it this way also….but in trying to eat it quickly…He has since learned that ice cream is something to be eaten slowly and savored as it is swirled around on the tongue…..Humans have always known that gulping ice cream quickly can cause brain freeze….However dogs…..well lets just say a 120lb dog with brain freeze is not a pretty sight.
You may also make a simple glaze using powdered sugar and milk. If you make it in a bundt pan this gives a nice appearance with almond slivers on sprinkled on top of the cake.
If you try out the recipe, drop back in and leave me a message letting me know how it went over with your family.
This recipe is so child friendly that a 6 year old could make it with a little supervision.