STRAWBERRIES

My little strawberry patch is working miracles this year. It is wonderful for us to be able to go out the back door and pick breakfast. Maggie has appointed herself the official color inspector and tells me which ones are red enough to pick and which ones have to wait until tomorrow. I follow her lead religiously.

For a special treat this weekend, we are making our own version of Strawberry Shortcake with the recipe for my Aunt Mae’s Pound Cake that was originally posted about Georgia Gilmore. There is a reason that they call it Pound Cake.

Here it is again and perfect for fresh strawberries:  

AUNT MAE’S SIMPLE POUND CAKE

This cake was popular locally for church suppers, Sunday dinners and family reunions, among other events. It was easily made, as all of the ingredients (except vanilla) were easy to find and locally produced.

1 pound butter
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk

Vanilla to taste

Cream butter and sugar and add eggs. Beat until light. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add slowly to butter mixture alternating with milk.   Pour into a large pan that has been greased and floured and bake at 325 for about 1 and 1/4 hour.

**I have let the clover fill my garden beds these last years as clover is known to attract Good Bugs for Your Garden.

P.S.: Maggie’s Aunt Ann calls this “Two Cigarette Cake.” While Ann doesn’t smoke (and never has), she says that this cake is better than sex and one should “smoke two” right after eating a piece.

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