Grandma’s have done this for years yet you won’t find this in any canning books. Based on friends who have done this for years and the canning grannies out there, this can be stored for up to one year. (But let’s be real – how long do you really think these will stick around?) Besides, they make great gifts!
Preheat the oven on 350°. Grease 12 wide mouth pint jars (or 6 quarts) and set them aside. I used Crisco to grease mine and if that’s not handy, you can use Baker’s Joy Spray.
I whipped up my mother’s “top secret” pound cake recipe and then spooned each jar 1/2 full, be careful not to get any on the edges of the jar. This takes a little time and a steady hand.
For a more even bake, put the jars directly on the rack and bake until golden brown, in my oven, approximately 45 minutes. The 1st batch I made, I put them on the cookie sheet, and you’ll be able to see the difference in the pictures below.
While baking, I laid out 12 new rings and lids – no need to boil, the heat from the jars will seal these babies in no time! Once done, remove and quickly wipe the rims clean, place a lid and ring on them and tighten down, they will seal within 5 to 7 minutes.
Here’s the 1st batch I cooked on the cookie sheet.
Check out the difference on the second batch, it cooked much more evenly when you place them directly on the oven rack. Yes, these are quarts ~ I’m thinking Sunday dinners…..
And you can’t have Vanilla without Chocolate……
Ok, so here’s my Mama’s “Top Secret” Pound Cake recipe. (Mama, don’t shoot me, but I can’t share something this cool without the recipe to go along with it):
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 stick Crisco (1 cup)
- 2 sticks butter (Mama says “margarine”, I prefer real butter)
Blend together sugar, Crisco, butter until smooth.
- 6 medium eggs
Slowly add in one egg at a time, blending as you go.
- 4 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt, added to flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, added to milk
Alternate adding milk then flour to the mixture, mixing as you go until mixed very well. If you prefer Chocolate, add 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder and 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. Options are endless!
**We popped one open to sample, when my boys beg for more and say it’s PERFECT, I take that as a compliment….