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Save Your Soul Pound Cake

It’s a hundred degrees here in north Georgia and too hot to do much of anything except remember summers in my Granny’s kitchen. Usually, she had a pressure cooker going full steam, putting up vegetables from the garden. I’m sweating in my house and I have air conditioning and steam-in-a-bag veggies from Publix.

For some reason, that makes me want to get out my cookbook. It’s a binder full of recipes she put together over the years and slid into plastic sleeves so I’d be able to feed my husband and children right one day when she wasn’t around to tell me how to do it anymore. Every time I pull out these recipes, I think of her. And today, she’s telling me I need to quit worrying about the – forgive me, Lord – bikini I’ll be squeezing into in a few weeks when I travel to Europe, and sustain my soul with a lemon pound cake.

So, here you go. I’ve copied the recipe as she wrote it, word for word. If you don’t understand, shoot me a comment. It’ll heat up your house like a sweat lodge and rid you of all impurities.

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

2 cups plain flour

1 cup Crisco

2 cups sugar

5 tbsp Sweet Milk

5 eggs

2 tbsp Lemon Flavoring

Cream sugar and Crisco. Beat one egg at a time into mixture, alternately adding bits of flour and tbsps of milk. (Add part flour, mix, add 2 tbsp milk, mix. Add rest of flour, mix. Then add rest of milk and flavoring.)

Grease bunt pan and pour in batter. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour, or until brown on top.

You might want to put a cookie sheet on the lower rack in the oven to catch anything that drips out.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.

July 11, 2011 - 9:46 pm

Kimberly Brock - Hope you love it. I have such good memories of making this with my Granny and licking the mixing bowl. I’ll fight you for the crusty parts! Heat index here in north GA today is 104!! The air’s thick as pea soup…I could do with some Maine coast about now! Thanks for the comment and let me know how it turns out when Maine cools down — or you’re brave enough to sweat it out! Xxoo

July 11, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - Found you (and this delicious recipe) via Melissa’s tweet — I’ve been looking for a good poundcake recipe for a long time so I can’t wait to try this. I’ll probably wait until we end OUR heat wave (only upper 80s here in Maine), but looking forward to it!

July 11, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Kimberly Brock - Just not Granny in HER bikini 😉

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July 11, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - That is exactly the message you should be sending! Woo hoo! Bikinis and poundcake (and memories of grandma!)

July 11, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Kimberly Brock - You BET I ate it! 😉 Thanks for the comment. Hope you’ll enjoy a slice. And will share pics of France–maybe not bikini…lol

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July 11, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Kimberly Brock - Save it for cooler weather! It’s lemon goodness! And listen, the bikini is my rebellion against 40. Part of my ongoing mission to show my daughter a woman can be happy with her body and enjoy herself without being perfect. Round here, we eat our cake and wear our bikinis, too! 😉

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July 11, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Jolina Petersheim - Thanks for sharing this recipe, Kim, and for unveiling some characteristics of your precious grandmother. And eat your pound cake, Honey! You’ll walk it off while your overseas! ; )

July 11, 2011 - 2:02 am

Melissa Crytzer Fry - YUM… but it’s in the100s here, too – and humid. And I’m trying to shed some lbs before I am in a swimsuit in public (in Colorado) … ANd, um, bikinis stopped being a part of my vocabulary years ago!

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