Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Baked into individual loaves using my Wilton mini loaf pan. Don't they resemble gold bars?
I made a decision. I am giving pineapple tarts a miss this year. Yes, I hear your collective gasps of horror but if I attempt to bake them, I will be the one gasping for air.
First week of school passed with lots of drama, stress and exasperation. Brutal. The second week was only a wee bit better. Now that we are into the third week (and tests have already begun!), I am keeping my fingers crossed that things will settle ... especially for my 7-year old. He who has the uncanny ability to disappear and re-appear without a sound. I should have sent him to Hogswart instead of my alma mater.
"He crawls under the tables and ends up in another 'location' when my back is turned", the teacher said to me. "He also went missing during recess. And when it comes to class work, he writes a line or two and then tells me he is too tired to finish the rest."
At that point, I just wanted the earth to swallow me whole.
So yeah, that kind of stuff. Go ahead, envy me. And since all three children are in different schools this year - Sec 1, Pri 1 and Nursery - I have a whole lot more ferrying to do. Anyway, to cut the long story short, I decided to be kind to myself and not sweat the small stuff. Like making pineapple tarts, or cookies, or whatever.
Then last Friday, when I dropped my 4-year old at the Nursery, his teacher (who previously taught my other son), remarked rather wistfully, "Oh, I miss your cakes!"
*cue awkward silence*
Oh lordy, THAT was one thinly-veiled hint!
I gave a feeble laugh, kissed my little boy goodbye and made a hasty exit.
Upon reaching home, I found myself looking into my fridge for ingredients. Argh, old habits die hard. I hate turning people down, especially when it comes to food. ;) There was cream cheese and there were lemons, so the next day, I baked Cream Cheese Pound Cake and delivered them to the teachers' homes (note: not for every teacher ... only the ones I like, ha!). I got hugs and more hugs, and I couldn't help but think teachers love me more than my children.
Back to the cake, it's one of my favourites to bake and eat. So moist, so fragrant and oh-so-delicious ... it has never let me down. For those you who have guests coming over, you can bake a day or two ahead, chill and then re-heat before serving. Do give them a try, if you are thinking of something other than the usual Almond Butter Cake (although I LOVE this particular butter cake!) or Sugee Cake.
Recipe for Cream Cheese Pound Cake can be found here. Good luck!
These were for our own consumption. The actual cakes I delivered to the teachers were secured with gold ribbons. :) In my haste to deliver them warm, I forgot to take photos!Pin It