Monday, April 28, 2014

A Luncheon with Author Pat Conroy, and his "Sandra's Mama's Pound Cake with Peaches n' Cream".

Author Pat Conroy and I

Recently Pat Conroy, author of ten novels and one cookbook spoke at a luncheon where I was a guest.  Several of his novels have been made into movies.  During the luncheon Pat spoke of his family, childhood years, and how he came to become a writer.
  The Pat Conroy Cookbook has many recipes and stories of his life.  Below is the recipe of the pound cake adapted from his cookbook.  I am enjoying a slice of this heavenly cake as I write this blog.  

Sandra's Mama's Pound Cake

3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 pound (3 sticks) butter, softened
8 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups cake flour
Sliced fresh peaches
Whipped cream

1. Preheat the oven to 325'. With bakers spray, spray your tube pan.  Set aside.  
2.  With mixer on medium beat 3 sticks of butter that have softened and 3 cups granulated sugar together until light and fluffy..
3. Beating well after each addition, add eggs one at a time, then add your vanilla and almond extract.
4. With mixer on low, stir in cake flour just until incorporated.  Do Not Over Beat.  Bake for 1 hour, begin checking at this point.  Ovens vary, mine took about 1 hour 15 minutes.
5.  Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes then invert onto cooling rack. Let cool.
6. Serve with sliced peaches and whipped cream.
Sandra's Mama's Pound Cake recipe on page 188-189.

Have you tried any other recipes from his book?  Comment and let me know which I should try next.