14 October 2011

FRIDAY RAMBLINGS: INSIDE MY PANTRY (Cream Cheese Pound Cake)




I know this post has nothing to do with books, so sue me. Anyhoo, several weeks ago my Twitter buddy Andrea and I were on Twitter talking about recipes and she said that I should post some recipes on my blog. I didn't think much about it, then this happened . . .

On Monday, I had a serious sweet tooth and as I try to limit the sweet stuff that comes in the house (well, I buy stuff for the kids that I know I don't like) I had a hard time thinking of what to make. Then I remembered the cookbook that the Queen of all Drama brought home from school (yes, my child brings home cookbooks to me as a hint on what I should be cooking instead of what I actually feed her!). Since this was a book in an elementary school the recipes were pretty idiot proof. I found one that I had all the ingredients on hand for and thought I'd share.



3 cups of baking mix (I used Bisquick, but I suppose Jiffy baking mix would work as well)
1 ½ cups of sugar
¾ cups of butter/margarine
½ cup of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 teaspoon of salt
6 eggs
1 package of cream cheese
(I use cream cheese on nearly everything I cook so I always have some stashed in the house – it's great with pasta dishes by the way, makes the dishes creamier)
Powdered sugar (optional)

Steps.
1.   Heat oven to 350.
2.   I threw the butter and the cream cheese in the microwave to soften them up a bit. I have a micro cooker that I got from Pampered Chef that works great melting crap in the microwave without charring or making a big old mess, but I guess you can just throw it in a microwave safe bowl.
3.   I got a big bowl and threw all the ingredients except for the powdered sugar in the bowl. I used a mixer and mixed the batter up for like five minutes. At this point, the Prince of Mischief saw that I had the mixer out and ran into the kitchen opening the drawer where I keep my utensils out to grab a spoon. Me using the mixer to him equals him licking the bowl! LOL!
4.   I finished mixing and gave Prince one of the mixer thingys to lick, while I rummaged around in my baking pans and realized that I didn't have one of those cool pound cake pan thingy's. So I just used a regular cake pan.
5.   At this time, I sprayed Pam on the cake pans and then sprinkled with flour and dumped everything into the cake pans. I then gave the spoon to the Prince of Mischief to lick, while I threw the cake pans in the oven.
6.   I cooked for an hour or until a toothpick went through clean and listened to Prince ask me every five minutes if the cake was ready.

I was able to cure my sweet tooth without going out to get anything! I loved the powdered sugar on top. It really gave the cake a kick. I was going to post my picture but my cake looked lame because I didn't have the right pan, so I used this picture. Even though my cake looked lame, it tasted great! However, even though this tasted good, the next time I use this recipe I'm going to add more eggs or maybe a little bit of milk to make the pound cake more moist. What do you think I should do if I want the cake more moist?

However, I know you're not going to just take my word for it, so here are some other reactions to this recipe . . .

My father in law was over and had a piece and devoured his piece in like five seconds!

Queen of All Drama: "This tastes like nothing, can I have some cookies? Never mind, I want this." Then after it's almost gone, she clutches her throat as if she's about to keel over and I just poisoned her by feeding her cake! "Mama, I don't want it, I don't like it, can I have cookies?" When I don't fall for it, she goes back and finishes it saying "it tastes like nothing. I didn't really eat it, can I have some cookies?" 

Prince of Mischief: "I want some. Mommy turn" His hint that I need to turn the flat screen towards the dining room table so he could finish watching Dora the Explorer as he ate. "Mmmmm, yuck." He was sending me mixed messages, but he ate it and asked for "more cake, please."

Hubster: No comments while eating but when I went to look at the cake later, I discovered that instead of cutting a piece and putting it on a plate or saucer like a normal person he just got a fork and dug in, which he knows pisses me off. He seems to think that it doesn't count if he doesn't eat his sweets from a plate or something. SIGH!

So, in other words this recipe is a keeper.


So what about you? Have you done anything non-book related lately?


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