Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

There's almost nothing I like better than a pound cake unless it's a SIMPLE pound cake recipe. And this one fits the bill. I think pound cake is so versatile. You can eat it plain....with berries...use it in a trifle (Yum!)...toast it and drizzle a sauce over it....have you ever toasted pound cake? Oh. my. There are just so many ways to eat pound cake! This is one of my favorite recipes. It's "fairly simple"..... ;-)

Simple Pound Cake

1 cup butter
½ cup shortening – I used butter-flavored
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and butter 12-cup bundt pan.

Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 3 cups of sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition just until the yellow disappears.

Stir together the flour and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until just blended after each addition. Beat in vanilla just until blended. Pour batter into greased and floured pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a long wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

10 – 12 servings

Cast of characters.....
Cream the butter and shortening together....
...then add the sugar.
Beat until it's nice and fluffy. Then add the eggs...one at a time.
Mix it well, then....
when you have the dry ingredients mixed together,
...add it alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
Stir in the vanilla.
Have you ever used Baker's Joy? It's like Pam but it has flour in it.
In a recipe that calls for greasing and flouring a pan, just use this! 
Works great!
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake it until it's golden brown. Let it cool.
After it's cooled, flip it upside down and wait for the cake
to fall out of the pan.
Just like this! Ta-da!!!
Garnish! I used powdered sugar...because that's what I like...plain 
and simple but ready to add any other goodies!


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