I love family recipes. I really don’t have too many. It’s one of those things where you get a little older and you really wish you would have paid attention to your grandma and even your mom and watched and learn how they did things. I love the thought of passing something down so natural and ritualistic as preparing food. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a recipe. It can just be eating toast and cheese with a cup of tea. I always think of my grandma when I make that. And I always think of my dad when I put honey on my toast. It’s the personable aspect and the thoughtful meaning behind the every day task of preparing food and the way we eat it.
I have been bugging my older family members for information and old recipes. A couple of month’s ago my Great Aunt found some handwritten recipes from my Great Grandma. I was thrilled. Even if I never bake them (which of course I’ll attempt) just to have the handwritten papers to me is like a treasure map of sorts. They are cake recipes, which is perfect because I much prefer baking. I thought I would start with the easiest of the lot which was a Lemon Pound Cake. My grandpa had a short visit to the hospital this weekend and I thought this might cheer him up, as it is his mom’s recipe (and no one can live up to her cooking, at least with him).
This is not a “from scratch” recipe. So I’m assuming that this was something she made later in life. And here is the best part of all…It calls for a cake mix and when I looked at the box there was a pound cake recipe on the side and wouldn’t you know it was almost the same. I had a chuckle. This is a slight variation but sometimes these little variations make a big difference. Anyhow, my grandpa thought it was wonderful, which definitely says something!
This goes lovely with tea!
Great Grandma Hardcastle’s Pound Cake
*1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix
*1 pkg instant jello lemon pudding
*1/2 cup mazola oil
*1/2 cup milk
*1/2 cup water
Mix at high speed 4 to 5 minutes. Bake in a slightly greased angel food cake pan at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.