Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Baking on Christmas Eve

What a special time of year! Spending time in the kitchen with my Mom, we talked and laughed as we baked. We made Banana bread, Pumpkin Apple Bread, Peanut Butter cookies, Old-fashioned pound cake, and NY style cheese-cake. During the day, a few neighbors brought us "christmas treats" and as was so convenient, we were able to give fresh cake slices and cookies in return :)
This pound cake recipe I got from an 1860's style cookbook, and it turned out delicious....really, delicious.

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

1.Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, Grease 2 loaf pans, In a medium bowl add:
1 lb butter, and 6 egg yolks (set the egg whites aside)
2. Add 2 cups sugar...
3. Cream ingredients
Add 1 TBsp vanilla
{my *favorite* ingredient!}
In a seperate bowl, whisk together:
3 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt
Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture a little bit at a time,
then whisk the egg whites (until frothy/thick) and add 'em to the batter.
Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pans
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, then decrease the heat
to 325 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.
"She rises while it is yet night and provides food
for her household and portions for her maidens." Proverbs 31:15

Candle-lit Dinner on Christmas Eve...

How did you spend your Christmas Eve? At home? With kindred spirits or extended family? I'd love to hear about it :)


Miss Jen said...

Mia, that pound cake looks scrumptious!
I look forward to using the recipe!! :)
For Christmas Eve we went to a service and then came home for a quiet evening of baked brie, fruit and salmon bites. A warm toasty fire and a bunch of Christmas wrapping were also part of the evening! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."-Matthew 1:21

Praise the Lord for Jesus!
Blessings in Him,
Miss Jen

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Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Mia!!! We spent Christmas Eve with extended family, and doing the same today. Looks like you had a great time :)

Simply Vintagegirl said...

Oh, thank you for the comment! What a sweet greeting it was to read this morning! I hope that your day has been filled with many happinesses as well!

Your Christmas Eve looks like it was a very enjoyable one! We cleaned, baked cookies and decorated them as a family (with much fun and laughter), made dinner, had family worship, and opened presents. Daddy and Momma got me a couple of vintage hats (as well as other things) that I will probably post pictures of soon.

That Old-Fashioned Pound Cake sounds delicious! And my most favorite ingredient is vanilla as well! I had not tasted (in food) real vanilla until a few months ago. It is so much stronger (and much more tasty!) than the imitation vanilla.

Your 19th century attire for the re-enactment looks beautiful!

Your blog is such a pleasant place to be! I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every visit!

Miss Emily Rose

Laura said...

Thank you for the comment on my birthday!!!

Hmmm . . my top tunes? Most likely going to be my new Dean Martin songs. ;) Or maybe 'That Thing You Do' . . .I really love that this week.

I hope you are having a most wonderful holiday!!!

Rachel and Jessica said...

Hi Mia! I love spending time with my family in the kitchen. I am going to have to try your pound cake recipe soon! I even have enough butter to make it (we got lot's for making Christmas cookies)!

We spent Christmas Eve singing at our church's Christmas Eve service! It was a joyous time of fellowship with our whole church family. We all sang Christmas hymns and heard passages from the Christmas story. Then we went to see a big Christmas display that we go go see every year. After that we went home and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas as a family while eating some treats. (we will be posting about it all on our blog).

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

P.S. - You look so lovely in your Christmas apron Mia!

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

How do you manage all those delicious foods while still staying slim?????

If i ate all of your good food i'm pretty sure i'd gain 5lbs.

I'm glad your Christmas was blessed!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Mia, the photo of you and your family in the candlelight looks so homey and inviting.

How do you keep your slender waistline with all of those goodies!
I have such a sweet tooth. Most of my baking went into the freezer for later and to remove the temptation from right under my nose!

Our daughters weren't able to come home because of bad roads but we plan an after Christmas get-together. Keeping in touch by phone and the internet is what we did instead. I often think of our pioneers leaving the comfort, safety and warmth of family, traveling across country and possibly never seeing them again! How blessed we are with the way we can communicate, send pictures, etc. even miles and miles apart.

A blessed Christmas to you and your family.


McKenzie Elizabeth said...

That pound cake looks delicious! It couldn't help but be delicious with FOUR sticks of butter! :>)

I spent Christmas Eve at my grandparents house. We have a tradition of fondue every Christmas Eve. It is lots of fun. We also on Christmas Eve make an ice cream/angel food cake for Jesus. The little kids have fun singing "Happy Birthday to Jesus".

I enjoyed reading about your Christmas Eve. It looks like you guys had an old-fashioned Christmas. Baking at Christmas is so much fun!


Renee said...

Miss Mia, The pound cake sounds sooooooooooooooo good :)
Jeff, Jacob and I spent it alone, my mom has the flu.So we are planning a New Years Eve dinner.

:) Renee

Madison said...

Hello Mia! Oh wow, that pound cake looks delicious! And the candle-light dinner looks like fun. :)
The way we spent Christmas Eve? Probably not like everyone else did. :) My mom was sick on Christmas Eve, so my brother, dad, and I ate fish and shrimp for dinner, and then later on watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version). It was fun, but it was kind of spoiled because my mom was sick (although, thank goodness, she was fine on Christmas Day!).
Sounds like you had a great day though!
And thanks for sharing the recipe! :)


3 Sisters said...

Hi Mia! Thanks so much for coming to "see" us. We'd be thrilled if you added us on your list! We enjoy your blog so much and look forward to getting to know you better.

Bria said...

I will have to try that recipe! And we had a wonderul Christmas eve with our grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins. We always make a ton of food to take to my grandmothers house.