Sunday, February 19, 2012

Easy Peasy Pudding Pound Cake

This is the easiest little pound cake... 

Pound. Cake. 

Pound Cake. 

Poooouuuuuunnnnnd Cake. 


Sorry, I got distracted. 

This is the easiest little pound cake recipe I've ever come across. So moist. So sweet. No one will ever know it has only 5 ingredients - all of which you probably have in your pantry right now. 

What You'll Need: 

1 cake mix, any flavor (my favorite is classic white) 
1 4-serving size instant pudding mix, same flavor as cake  mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
 (My favorite little additive: chocolate chips)

Ready for the excruciating instructions? 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

Beat all your ingredients together for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl. 

Grease your pan - I always like to grease (with crisco) and dust with flour just to be safe!

Give your whisk one or two more trips around just for fun!

Pour your delicious batter into your prepared pan...

Now throw a good couple handfuls of chocolate chips on there. They melt and sink and create one of the most Heavenly crusts you will ever sink your teeth into. Mmmmm. 

Just trust me... go get the chocolate chips. 


Bake at 350 degrees until the cake either tests done (with a toothpick) or springs back when you touch the top near the center. 

Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy. The outside turns beautifully dark brown, and when using a white cake mix, the inside is a glorious gold color. 


Saturday, February 18, 2012

By Bread Alone

I'm not a bread-maker.  That is my sister's department.  She makes buttery golden loaves that are to die for.  I'm not inept, mine just isn't ever anything worth talking about, and I always feel like it's so much work.

Until now.

Until this.

Crispy and flavorful on the outside, chewy and light and mild on the inside.  It takes a long time from start to finish, but you don't spend but about 10 minutes messing with it.  It is as good as it is pretty.  

I had this bread for the first time at my friend, Krista's house.  She cooks.  This was served with Risotto and  Parmesan chicken and yum.  It came out of the oven and I couldn't get enough.  I felt like I was in a Jim Gaffigan bit: "Bread? They have bread here? I love bread. Can I have some more bread? And can you cancel my entree?"

Try it.  Then come back and thank me.