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.
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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