Vita Bakes A BUNDT
Vita Thorpe From: Bloomington, Texas, USA Profession: Mamma
Humming Bird Cake
1 cup chopped pecans
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)
220 grams fresh pineapple (do not drain)
3/4 cup canola( or sunflower) oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 oz. cream cheese,cubed & softened
1 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 to 2 TBL. milk
Prepare Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 350*. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Sprinkle 1 cup toasted pecans into a greased and floured 14-cup Bunt pan. Spoon batter over pecans.
Bake at 350* for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
Prepare Glaze: Process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 TBL milk in a food processor until well blended. Add remaining 1 TBL. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, processing until smooth. Immediately pour glaze over cooled cake, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup toasted pecans.
1- Is this your recipe? do you tend to follow recipes of others or come up with you own: This is a classic southern cake. One of those recipes that every grandmother swore they invented. It’s just a great combination of ingredients! When it comes to baking I adjust and adapt recipes, I like to look at several recipes and sort of build my own.
2- Where did you learn to cook? Food has always been important in my life, even when I was child. I was surrounded by great cooks. I learned by trying and curiosity. I can’t remember not being in the kitchen!
3- What do you find to be basics to good cooking? Basics to good cooking are good ingredients. I try to buy the best ingredients I can find, keep food simple.. let the ingredients themselves shine. I also always invest in good cookware knives and of course, love is basic. Cook with love.
4- Do you teach your son to cook? does he like to participate? I cook everyday, sometimes 4 times a day so lots of my time is in the kitchen, Jude is sort of an observer and taster. He loves to try new ingredients, strong flavors. I’m very much in the zone when I cook, but sometimes he asks to participate.