Caroline reminded me this morning that I missed my post for this month. So pulling from a post in 2018, I thought I'd share a favorite family recipe with you.
My Grandfather, John Garland Carr, was, among other things, an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He started at Santa Fe during the depression and retired about 1965. His hours were anything but routine depending on the runs he made. He loved his black coffee and my grandmother's pound cake, which she made before every trip. She packed slices in his lunches and he would grab a slice on his way out the kitchen door. In addition to the cake, there was always a pot of coffee sitting on the stove, and he would always stop and take a swig of hot coffee straight from the spout of the pot. I remember watching and wondering how he kept from burning his mouth! Yikes!
The name of the recipe is Crisco Cake, but we all called it John Cake for the obvious reason. I hope you'll try the recipe and love it as much as our family does.
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup Crisco shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cream sugar and shortening
2 add eggs one at a time, beating well, to make batter fluffier
3 add vanilla
4 Mix salt into sifted flour and add to creamed sugar, shortening and egg mixture
5 Bake one hour at 350 degrees in greased and floured tube pan