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May 30, 2012 / staceyj

Memorial Day Holiday: Boogie, Bomb Pops and Bundt Cake

We had a lovely Memorial Day holiday, just lovely.  It entailed some boogie (as in dancing!), Bomb Pops and beautiful Bundt cake.  It also included some much needed rest, fun with friends and family, fishing, tree planting, gardening, swimming, movie watching and more of that very necessary and aforementioned rest.

The Boogie:
I started dancing when I was three years old and have never really stopped.  Family dance parties in my kitchen are a weekly event and I also manage to get my dance fix by shaking what my momma gave me at Zumba classes.  And so when I heard from my dance teacher that she would be celebrating her 30th recital this year and was inviting alumni back to dance, I knew I had to do it.  And miraculously our schedule was free so we could go.

Here is my bevy of beauties and me before the recital began.  If you look really closely you will likely be able to spot small beads of sweat near my hairline.  I was nervous!  And excited!  And so very nervous!

We went in to find our seats and were surprised to see on the big screen a slideshow of thirty years worth of dance pictures.  I went from commenting on how much my children resemble me as a four-year old me sporting Mickey Mouse ears made an appearance on the big screen to visibly cringing as a permed, awkward and skinny fifth grade dance picture of me seemed to languish on the screen for what seemed like forever!

And then there was this one.  Blog friends, meet high school me in an elaborate pointe costume.  What a head of hair!

Then it was time to dance!  Here is me in action.  This girl can still snap with the best of them.  I credit that to our kitchen dance parties and great snapping genetics.

My dance teacher and me.  I couldn’t be more proud of her and more thankful to see her again.

My mom has always been my biggest fan and never missed a recital or performance.  And she was here for this one too.  She sat through two hours of dancing for four minutes of her daughter on stage.

The Bomb Pops:
Each Memorial Day we decorate with a few flags.  The exercise of displaying them helps me remember why we even have this holiday in the first place.  To all those heroes protecting our freedom here and abroad, in battle and on the home front…thank you.

I am an old soul.  I listen to the 40’s on 4 on Sirius XM as I drive around running errands.  I prefer putting together a 1000 piece puzzle to playing any type of video game.  And Cracker Jacks are my idea of a perfect party favor.  I sometimes wonder if I was born in the wrong decade.

We decided to have some friends over to celebrate Memorial Day.  It was a perfect summer day and the kids experienced everything a summer day should include: running through sprinklers, swinging on the tire swing, playing tag, catching fireflies and Bomb Pops.  Bomb Pops scream “Welcome summer!  We love America!  Wow, look how red my lips can get!”

The Bundt Cake:
As Memorial Day approached I conducted an extremely scientific poll.  “Family.  Do you want a cherry pie, peaches-and-cream Bundt cake or ice cream cake for dessert?”  The results?  Two very enthusiastic votes for peaches-and-cream cake, one “What’s a bun cake?” vote and Tag’s (our dog’s) vote?  Something crumb-y please so I can ‘help’ clean up!  Bundt cake it is!

3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, divided, plus more for pan
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), divided, plus more for pan
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
4 peaches, peeled, pitted and diced small
2 1/4 cups sugar, divided
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sour cream
1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel…

…and dice the peaches.

Prepare the Bundt pan.  Butter and…

..flour a 14-cup nonstick pan.  My pan is only a 12-cup one (It’s okay little buddy!) so we made tiny pancakes with the remaining batter.  Seriously, that was a stroke of pure genius on my hubby’s part.

Combine 3 cups flour,

baking soda,

and salt.

Whisk together and set aside.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons flour to peaches.

And toss to coat!

In a large bowl, using a mixer, add 2 sticks butter…

…and 2 cups sugar.

Beat until fluffy and pale yellow.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 additions,

alternating with sour cream,

and beat until combined.

Add peaches…

and vanilla.

Fold into batter.  This is one of the very best batters I have ever had the joy of tasting in my life.  EVER!

Transfer to pan.  (Don’t fill more than 3/4 full or else you may experience spillage.)  Tap pan firmly on counter several times to remove air bubbles and smooth top.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 1 hour.  (I baked my cake only about 50 minutes because my pan was a bit smaller and thus held a bit less batter.)  Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; let cool.

Meanwhile, melt remaining butter.  Dream up all the food items you can make more delicious by dipping them in this sea of awesomeness.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.

Using an offset spatula or small knife, loosen cake from pan, then invert onto rack.  Let out a muffled scream when you realize part of your cake is still in the pan and your vision of a perfect dessert centerpiece is dashed.  Talk to your very wise and baking-experienced mother-in-law about what you did wrong.  Tell your cake-loving friends that if they don’t want dessert disaster like you, she recommends that at the first sign of the cake being stuck you stop and warm the pan back up a bit.  Try again.

Working in sections, brush cake with butter.

And sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

This cake is so moist and delicious and lovely.  Seriously.  It was a hit with human and canine (crumbs only!) alike.  And who doesn’t love a dessert that can also moonlight as a breakfast treat?  Oh yes we did.  We ate it for breakfast too.  After all, it was a holiday.

Enjoy, Stacey

Note: This recipe is from Everyday Food, June 2012.  I couldn’t find it online so there’s no link this time.

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  1. Teenie Bird / May 31 2012 7:55 pm

    Y giving J the bunny ears – classic! Thanks for a wonderful Memorial Day celebration. Those kind of days are where summer memories are born. And the cake….nothing, even fleeting murderous thoughts toward my youngest when he stole my peach-infused final bite, could top the summer memory it created for me. Pure delight! Love you!

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