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Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeachIn our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Annie Arnold, Assistant Product Manager for hand and stand mixers, and one of her favorite family desserts, Nana’s Whipped Cream Pound Cake.

All family traditions are different, but one forever ingrained into my memory is Sunday Lunch at my Nana’s house. Every Sunday, Nana would prepare a huge meal that called our family in from a thirty mile radius. The heart of each meal was the abundance of vegetables grown in her garden (prepared southern style, of course). Meat was considered a side because vegetables were so plentiful, and the grand finale of dessert was always the best part.

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

There was not much variety in the menu, but there didn’t need to be. Everything tasted amazing and, in fact, the predictability of the menu created excitement for me. Have you ever heard a kid say they are excited about eating green beans? Doubtful, but I was that kid. The menu still has a strong effect on my diet with my love of vegetables being first in my now-vegetarian lifestyle, but desserts are a close second. Some days, all I need is piece of cake. Come on … you know those days!

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

The dessert for Sunday Lunch varied, but special occasions like birthdays and holidays were always celebrated with a delicious whipped cream pound cake. Who needs a cake from the grocery store when you can make this? I consider this to be queen of all southern desserts. You know a good homemade pound cake when you don’t feel the need to smother it with whip topping or chocolate syrup.

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

A printable recipe is below so you can recreate the whipped cream pound cake recipe from my Nana. This pound cake, when done “Sunday Lunch-style,” is dense and moist with a slightly crunchy, golden-brown crust. YUM!

Try this southern queen for your next family gathering or as a gift. You’ll be part of the family at first bite. Enjoy!

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach


Whipped Cream Pound Cake
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond or lemon extract
1 cup whipping cream
3 cups flour
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar on MEDIUM speed.
Add eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.
Add vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing.
Reduce speed to LOW and alternately add cream and flour.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes at 325°F, or until tests done.
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Chocolate Fondue in the Slow Cooker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

If you want to do something memorable for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, but want to avoid the crowds and overpriced menus, consider making a romantic dinner for two at home with a special chocolate dessert. Fondue is a fun, whimsical dessert that is perfect for an intimate dinner because it can be prepared in advance and kept warm while you eat.

Chocolate Fondue in the Slow Cooker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

If you don’t have a fancy fondue set, you can still enjoy this decadent dessert using a small slow cooker. Dip your fruit or pound cake right into the slow cooker or scoop the chocolate mixture into a bowl and surround it with assorted dippers like strawberries, pineapple, banana, angel food or pound cake, pretzels, marshmallows or cookies. Don’t forget to share! Fondue is the perfect dessert for trading sweet bites with your Valentine.

Chocolate Fondue in the Slow Cooker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

 


Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue
SERVES: 16

Ingredients
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces
6 ounces white chocolate, broken into pieces
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk,
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup coffee or almond flavored liqueur
Instructions
Stir chocolates, sweetened condensed milk, milk and liqueur in slow cooker crock until well blended.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Use whisk to stir very well.
Reduce slow cooker temperature to LOW. Serve immediately or keep warm as desired.
Notes
Suggested foods for dipping: Strawberries, pineapple chunks, banana chunks, angel food or pound cake cubes, pretzels, marshmallows and coconut macaroon or other cookies.
We recommend using a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker.
If fondue begins to thicken while serving, whisk in an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk.
Refrigerate leftovers and use as chocolate sauce.
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