This was the post where I was going to talk about the worst meal ever. I am going to have to give you a rain check on that. The last two days included a Hot Wheel being flushed down a toilet by a three year old, a guy calling me Rosie O'Donnell for a second time (he's homeless, obviously mentally ill but being called Rosie (TWICE) by a homeless mentally ill man? Well you start thinking you might need drastic plastic surgery.) and nursing a teenager who had her wisdom teeth pulled. What I really want to know is if PAM has a spray that repels trouble, insults, and sickness but can keep your self esteem sticking? If they sold that I would be a customer for LIFE.
This is my final post for PAM Cooking Spray. I have a one for next week that they didn't ask me to do but because I am feeling like an overachiver and it was meant to be this post but I didn't get pictures before everything was demolished.
Ok, I am rambling. So to get to the point, this pound cake is a tired and true favorite. I have made it 10 ways to Sunday and it always works. When I serve it, people ask for the recipe. It's dead simple but you will keep coming back to the kitchen because you just want one more tiny little sliver and before you know it, the pound cake is all gone. It's adaptable like any great pound cake, it's dense and moist with a great crumb. It holds up well by itself. It is killer with ice cream. Even better with strawberries and whipped cream or peaches and cream. If you wanted to stew some thickly sliced apples, heavily spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve it on top, well go for it, after all it's Autumn.
Because pound cake is so simple, it has to come out of the pan neatly. No one wants a messed up slice of pound cake. I speak from experience. This is hard won wisdom, folks. A long time ago I tried to serve a pound cake that didn't come out cleanly from the oven, even though it tasted great, nobody touched it. Lesson learned, grease your pan well because even a great recipe will turn out to be a disaster if the preparation is bad.
One final point, if you have been reading ECM for awhile, you know Rich had a heart attack this summer. If you read this recipe, your first thought will be that I am trying to kill him with all the cholesterol in this recipe. Nope, he is pretty good at staying away from this stuff by himself but he still wants baked goods once and awhile.An added bonus of PAM is that there are no calories, no transfat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, or sodium. Everything Rich has to stay away from. Even though most dishes contain fats and cholesterol, by using PAM in dishes this one way I can make sure we can control Rich's cholesterol intake.*
*Which totally sounded like a commerical or that they asked me to write this but funny thing is PAM never mentioned it and now that I am huge Nutrition Label reader, I noticed this myself. Crazy, how the world works.
cream cheese pound cake:
makes one bundt cake or 2 loaves
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 cups cake flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 12- cup Bundt pan with PAM cooking spray. (or two 9 inch loaf pans) Combine all ingredients except flour and beat until smooth. Add cake flour 1/2 cup at a time. Stir together until smooth. Pour into pan. Bake for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Normally I do a random number generator for my giveaways and I did four comments this way then I picked one on purpose, you'll see why. But I swear the comments random number generator was looking out for these commentors.
So let's do the random numbers first!
#38 Stacey Jones: I have to work this Thanksgiving. But we will be celebrating it either after I get off work or on the weekend. What I'm looking forward to is cooking with my husband and teaching my children to cook. Hopefully they will learn recipes to hand down to their kids. My husband and I will clean up probably after a nap together! Lol happy holidays! Stay safe!
Teaching her children how to cook and working Thanksgiving! The random number genorator was looking after her.
#9 mlmnttlkn: Have no idea what our holiday plans are yet, the worst part will probably be hubby going to bed super early to work black friday morning at walmart.
Dude, I have worked Black Friday at Target for years, I know the chaos that ensues. I cannot even imagine how Black Friday at Walmart would be.
#5 Kristin Caler: I LOVE all the fall flavors, the root veggies, the squashes, gourds, pumpkins, everything.
Same here. Fall is my favorite time of year.
Amanda Paroli on Facebook: Just in time for the holiday's. Perfect for making yummy food and spending time with family and friends. Nothing is better.
Amanda, put this toolkit to good use!
I picked this one... I had to after you read it you would have too. I might be called Evil Chef Mom but I am not called the Grinch.
#41 Ashlyne: Every month I send my Dad eight to twelve dozen cookies to share with the troops where he is deployed. This holiday season I look forward to sending more cookies and other types of baked goods to our troops over seas. I do not look forward to my first Christmas away from my dad. (P.S. I am 12 and my Mom said I can post on her account because I can’t have one, but I really want to win this). Ashlyne
Ashlyne: I hope this helps and most off all I hope your dad stays safe. There are no words that express how I am feeling right now knowing you have to spend your first Christmas away from your dad.
If you won, please send your mailing information to krysta(at)evilchefmom.com
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