Pound Cake

In the South, pound cake is traditionally made with, as you might have guessed, a pound of flour, a pound of eggs, a pound of butter, and a pound of sugar. It is a popular dessert recipe for all occasions. The original recipe was found in the first edition of American Cookery, which was published in 1796, though historians believe that it might have originated in England decades before. Over time, the ingredients changed, ranging from substituting cornmeal for flour to using vegetable oil instead of butter. The former resulted in a kind of sweet cornbread, while the latter made the end result moister. Adding sour cream to pound cake is a popular variation in the southern area of the United States, making the cake tangy. You can also add fruits or nuts if you want more diverse flavors.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie is talking to Scout about Boo Radley, and says: “The things that happen to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind closed doors, what secrets-” but is cut short by Scout interjecting that Atticus acts the same way inside the house and he does outside. Miss Maudie agrees heartily and says that she never meant Atticus, she was talking about the Radleys. She punctuates her apology with an offering of pound cake. Miss Maudie is always nice like that, acting as a surrogate mother to Jem and Scout. She gives them advice and support whenever they need it, sometimes in the form of cake. I think that cake might symbolize the love Miss Maudie has for the kids.

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