Ah yes, yee olí homemade and healthy pound cake recipes! I make this very British comment because the cake was said to have originated in merry olí England, and was very popular by the mid 1700s.This cake gets its name from the original cakes consisting of a pound each of butter, sugar and flour. Many eggs were added to cut the butter but nothing could cut the calories. (Maybe thatís why the ladies all wore hoop skirts and bustles back then.) By the 1800s, it is interesting to note, most bakers measured in weight, not volume as is common today. Leavening, (as in adding yeast to make bread rise) for these cakes of old was done by creaming the butter and sugar together, then whipping the eggs till white and frothy. When added to the mixture, the poor baker stirred (by hand) one hundred strokes. This gave the cake sufficient aeration; making it rise to a nice fluffy height in the baking pan. Modern day cooks cheat when making Pound Cake by using electric mixers, and adding baking soda.
Did you say you're on a diet?
No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?
Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.
Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.
And when you're out of breath and panting.
Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!