|Encouragement Wrapped in a Bow|
by Cathy Baker
Remember this post from 2008?
- Starbucks has the Pumpkin Spice Latte
- The Beacon has the Hash-A-Plenty
- My late grandmother, Elsie Knighton, had her egg custard pie
Like those “signature” dishes, my other grandmother, aka “Ma-Ma”, was well known for her pound cake in Fairforest,
SC, back in the day. For as long as I can remember, she baked at
least one pound cake a week. She sliced it into thirds, wrapped each section in
wax paper and added one last shiny wrap before delivering her thirds to the sick, lonely, and elderly.
Unfortunately, I didn’t pay close attention to either grandmother’s mad cooking skills. In fact, years ago, I bought a rubber stamp that said, Don’t worry. I didn’t bake it myself, in hopes of putting the recipient’s mind at ease. I saw no hope in sight until I received my shiny red Kitchen-Aid mixer. It revved up my baking engine as well as my interest to find my own “signature something.” You know, the kind of recipe that comes to mind as quickly as your firstborn’s name.
I’ve tried several pound cake recipes (including MaMa’s)
only to have the pans sabotage my efforts. Yes, it was the pan. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
However, I’m confident that a day is coming when I’ll say goodbye to the rubber stamp and say hello to a tag that reads, Baked with Love, by Cathy.
|My “Signature Something” baked in vintage Pyrex|
Score! I may have discovered my signature something this weekend—pumpkin bread with a brown sugar glaze. The only obstacle? The glaze is so yummilicious you’ll want to ditch the drizzle and smother your bread like it’s a blanket. Brian called it “the kind of dish that makes you want to scrape the plate clean.”
And yet—where both grandmother’s were concerned—their signature somethings were far more than a delight to the palate. Each cake and every pie was baked with one thing in mind: other people, the best ingredient of all.
Do you have a signature something? A go-to dish that you share with others? I’d love to hear about it and if you’d like to share the recipe, I’d be honored to include it on my blog in the near future, along with my signature something.
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your
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Oh Cathy, your post reminded me of my Grandmother Lambert who made the BEST cakes and homemade biscuits you could find anywhere–bar none! I tried to learn from her, but my attempts never came close.
And my sweet mother-in-law makes the most delicious homemade chicken and noodles. Yes, with homemade noodles. I got the recipe, made it several times, and yes, you guessed it–nothing like hers. She's almost 91 years old, so if I'm going to learn, I've got to get back to trying it! Thank you for the reminder!
And if you need someone to give a third of that pumpkin bread with brown sugar icing on it, I'm available. And you can include all the icing you want! 🙂
Well, you never know, Vonda!!! 🙂
I'd forgotten about the biscuits my grandmother used to make until I read your comment. Oh, how I miss my grandmothers and their cooking.
Hope to see you Thursday!
My quick and easy recipe (that I actually have memorized) is for a simple 8×8 pan of brownies. But my favorite indulgence I haven't made in years? Christmas Dominoes. Three layers, two of which are mostly chocolate (how could you go wrong with that?) and 0 calories. OK, that last part's not quite true.
I just don't think the name's fair. Why should I only be able to make and eat these at Christmas?
One can never really go wrong with brownies, can they Ellen? 🙂 I've never heard about Christmas Dominoes but they sound yummy!!!
Thanks for sharing, Ellen.