Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Awakening Senses

My senses have been on the dull side of late.  New baby sleep deprived numbness...?  All I know is that, while I know that something is funny, or enjoyable, or delicious, the feeling that is supposed to go along with that is there but somewhat muted.

Until this...

I made a Sour Cream Pound Cake.  I had some sour cream that needed to be used up and I found this recipe - Grandmother Paula's Sour Cream Pound Cake.

Easy to make; ingredients were few and on hand; nothing fancy really.  And so I made it (only half the quantity of the recipe).  And after worriedly looking on for over 1 hour and 20 minutes (which is a long time to bake something compared to mini cupcakes and cookies), this is what came out.  

Looks ok (if a little ugly) - plain and simple, like the recipe reads.  I mean, what can you expect from 7 basic pantry ingredients?  I was thinking that I might need to quickly make an icing to "dress it up".  But in the end, I decided not to and...

... oh my goodness - this was GOOD!!!  A sweet crunchy crust surrounding a moist, dense, but surprisingly light buttery cake.  Wonderful when warm.  Comforting when cold.  And HEAVENLY, just heavenly when coupled with a soothing cup of tea.  My taste buds jumped to attention; my eyes rolled back in pure delight; my body relaxed and released all tension... my senses had been shocked awake by this deceptively simple cake.  Numbness and fogginess lifted.

By the way - I reduced the sugar by about a third without any detrimental effect as far as I could tell. 

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  1. Your cake looks delicious, I love sour cream cakes. To answer your question I think puree would be the same as unsweetened apple sauce.

  2. Hi, your cake looks so yummy and I'll definitely give it a try! Thank you for the recipe...
    What a lovely blog you have, I looked around a bit and will be coming back for more :-)

  3. @Melissa - thanks! I only seemed to use sour cream for baked potatoes and nachos. And then end up wasting the rest of it. So this is a whole new world for me and I'm also loving sour cream cakes! Thanks for dropping by.

    @sewandthecity - thanks and yes, definitely give it a go! When I make it again, I'll take a photo of it sliced up to tempt you further :). Until then - happy baking!!

  4. Looks delicious and love that you described how it made you feel - food is amazing like that. I could almost taste it:) Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you get more sleep this week.