Thursday, August 28, 2008

Swan's Down Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Yesterday was my birthday. My son and daughter-in-law made dinner for me. My daughter-in-law made an amazing chicken parmesan that would rival any Italian restaurant. My son made my birthday cake and it was so good. I've had lots of pound cakes in my life, but I have to say this is the best. It's not overly sweet and the consistency is just awesome. It comes from the Swan's Down Cake flour box. He made it in the Nordic Ware Rose-Shaped bundt pan and it was so pretty. He made the glaze out of whipping cream, lemon zest, butter and powdered sugar. It was great.


3 cups granulated sugar.
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups cake flour
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Cream butter and sugar with mixer until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and add the vanilla. On low speed, alternate adding the flour and whipping cream, ending with flour. Do not over mix. Pour into a greased bundt pan, and bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Allow to cool completely. Glaze or just dust powdered sugar over the cake.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Peach Quick Bread

I froze those wonderful peaches I bought on my trip to the hill country a few weeks ago. When I thawed them out, I didn't realize how 'mushy' they would be. They still tasted wonderful and are just great to eat plain but I don't think they would have worked as well in a cobbler or a pie. So I just made some quick bread.


1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
2 cups fresh peaches pureed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans

In a bowl mix sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and peaches. Mix well. Add together the dry ingredients and mix in with the wet mixture. Pour into a greased 9 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Check the middle to make sure it is done.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Spinach Pie

This not quite a quiche because it has no eggs in it, but it's a quick little main dish pie to throw together.


1 box Stouffer's Spinach Souffle (thawed)
1/4 stick butter
1/2 large onion chopped
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
6-8 slices Swiss cheese
1 9 inch pie crust (your favorite recipe, a frozen one, or already made)

Saute the onions and mushrooms in butter until soft. Add seasonings. Put about 3-4 slices Swiss cheese to cover the bottom of the pie crust. Add mushroom and onion mixture. Top with 3-4 more slices of Swiss cheese. Spread thawed spinach souffle over top. Bake at 400 degrees until crust is light brown (about 20-25 minutes).

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Something New

It's amazing what you find out in the blog world. I had been seeing several blogs that had cute little signatures on their posts. So off I went to Google about it. So I came across this beautiful blog One Child at a Time and I thought what better way than to get a signature and do a good deed?

And then quick as a bunny, my new signature was done by Diana at Custom Blog Designs. Diana donates a portion of all her earnings to Starfish Foster Home for special need orphans in China. I just love the blog world -- it opens so many doors and puts you in touch of some amazing people.