My mother’s dear friend, known to all as “Miss Barbara”, is one of the sunniest, warmest people I’ve ever known.
Welcome to Two Belles
Southern Pound Cakes
One of my favorite questions is, “What exactly is a “Southern” pound cake?” It gets me to thinking about my childhood in Georgia and how the people and food and good times were all blended together like, well, a good pound cake batter. When you get right down to it, pound cake just is southern -- easy-going, soul-satisfying, comforting, sweet and a blessing to the heart.
The idea for Two Belles began with my mother, Louise. Her classic and much beloved butternut pound cake (the “Mama Louise") was a staple at every celebration and church potluck I can remember. Today, her warmth and wisdom go into every cake I make, and my daughter, Rosemary, is now learning about the joys of turning out a really good southern pound cake! I thank God for Mama Louise and for all the women who have blessed us in countless ways. Hope you enjoy a taste of our heritage!
As I come to the end of every holiday season, I am always amazed that hundreds of pound cakes arrive on time at their appointed destinations. What a wonder! But this Christmas, a real miracle happened when one pound cake ended up in the wrong place.
One of the first words that comes to my mind when I think pound cake -- versatility! I mean you can serve it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Pack it in a picnic, wrap a slice for the lunch box, use it as a hostess gift. It freezes beautifully, so it’s “on call” whenever you need it -- slice some now, freeze some for later.