Baking Recipes Add Sweetness to Life
Home baked goods are a special treat that bring to mind childhood memories of great tastes and smells. Many people remember the delicious food from their mother’s or grandmother’s kitchen. Meals often included bread or rolls that took many hours to prepare, rise and bake. Desserts were baked for everyday enjoyment as well as holidays, birthdays and funerals. Favorite baking recipes became traditional dishes that were enjoyed by the family on special occasions.
Baking is becoming a lost art. Desserts for special occasions now come from the bakery instead of the kitchen. Simple treats like brownies and cookies come in bags and boxes from the grocery store. Quick-fix items such as premade cookie dough and boxed cake mixes might be the closest that many people come to home baked goods. As time passes, fewer and fewer cooks know how to separate eggs, whip cream or follow complicated mixing directions.
Although most people enjoy homemade cakes and cookies, few have time to bake. In today’s busy world, you need baking recipes that are quick and delicious. Try this simple cake recipe, and you can make a wonderful treat for your family or friends without spending hours in the kitchen. Preparation is easy, and then you can just sit and wait for that delicious cake to come out of the oven.
Simple Buttermilk Cake
Serves 16 to 20
3 cups sugar
3 cups plain all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a tube or Bundt cake pan.
Set aside ¼ cup sugar. Cream the remaining sugar with butter until you have a fluffy batter. Separate egg whites from yolks. Beat egg yolks, and then add them to the batter. Mix well. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites while slowly adding the ¼ cup sugar that was set aside. Continue whipping until egg whites form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the batter.
Pour the batter into the cake pan and place it on the center rack in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes or until cake rises to the edges of the pan. Reduce the heat of the oven to 300 degrees, and continue cooking until done. Total baking time is approximately 1 hour.
Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn cake out of pan onto a cake plate or cooling rack to finish cooling. If the cake is sticking to the pan, run a spatula along the sides of the pan to loosen it.
This classic buttermilk cake will be a favorite at any gathering. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute with milk. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to an empty glass or measuring cup. Add 1 cup of milk, and let the mixture sit for at least 2 minutes. The milk will become acidic and curdle, creating an easy substitute for buttermilk.