Tuesday, August 18, 2009
It just sounds good, doesn't it?
Better Homes and Gardens Complete Step-By-Step Cook Book Copyright 1978
½ cup sugar
½ cup shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup chopped pecans I omitted these
Grease and lightly flour a 9x9x2-inch baking pan. In mixer bowl cream together sugar and shortening. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Thoroughly stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine milk, honey and vanilla. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternatively with milk mixture, beating after each addition. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Frost with Maple Frosting. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Makes 9 servings.
1/3 cup milk
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3 ¼ cups sifted powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon maple flavoring
In saucepan combine milk, brown sugar, and butter or margarine; bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cool; stir in powdered sugar (I didn't need to add it all.) and maple flavoring. Spread on cake.
Keeping up with my recent theme, I've been trying not to buy any additional ingredients, if I can help it. While it's not difficult to come up with baked goods that don't require special ingredients, it is hard to finds recipes that I haven't already done-to-death (brownies, sugar cookies, chocolate or yellow cake, etc) or that don't seem just a bit boring.
I had everything on hand to make this recipe and even though it's basic, I knew the honey would give it a great texture so I was excited to make it. And the name 'Milk-and-Honey Cake' just sounds delicious to me.
I was not disappointed. This cake was moist and delicious, with a touch of honey flavor. I think it's neutral enough for just about any topping or frosting. I almost used butterscotch flavor instead of maple but I decided to stick to the recipe. Vanilla extract would have been fine in this frosting recipe too.
You could also skip the frosting and top this with a bit of fruit and whipped cream.
I buy honey in Costco. It's one of those items like vanilla and yeast that is ridiculously cheaper in Costco than in the grocery store. The price has gone up there a little bit recently but it's still a great deal.
Question of the Day: Do you keep honey on hand?