|Thank G-d I had John's Mom's stoneware bundt cake pan!|
I associate my Great Aunt Emmy with her angel food cake recipe. She would make it each time my family visited her and Great Uncle Chic at their home in the Millburn, New Jersey. Uncle Chic's first name was Henry but his nickname was always Chic. I never knew why and thought it perfectly normal to call him that. When visiting them, the family would always congregate into Aunt Emmy's small but inviting kitchen. Their home was a formal yet warm one with a deep backyard that Adam and I used to play in. It was one of those tree covered yards, always dewy and moist, with moss growing around the eaves of the house and in the crevasses of trees. It abutted the Maplewood Country Club. Mom would always preemptively yell at us not to go into the golf course. As my cousin Anne used to remind me, we used to hunt for golf balls!
At that time in the late 70's, Uncle Chic was a tall, elderly bespectacled scholarly man. Mom had told us that he was a lawyer. I remember him having shelves and shelves of books and I always thought he was the smartest man I knew. He was so contemplative and knowledgeable. Aunt Emmy was a petite woman with perfectly coiffed hair. She as so kind and loving as favorite aunts should be. Her hugs were strong and inviting. Her gravelly voice beckoning me in, "Come here you! Lemme give you a hug." I would smile sheepishly and run into her arms, smelling that same perfume.
|I'm pretty handy with the electric mixer.|
|YUM! Look at that crust!|
Recently one day, I was lamenting about this to Sheryl. She brought up how she had forgotten until just then that she once did ask Aunt Emmy about the recipe while both were sitting down at the table in her kitchen. Could she have it? Aunt Emmy laughed her hearty laugh and said that she hadn't used an original recipe in years and the angel food cake was from a boxed mix! Mystery solved!
|The finished angel food cake.|
So in honor of my Aunt Emmy, I have made an angel food cake, courtesy of Betty Crocker's box mix. And it came out so good but I gotta tell you, nothing will ever be as good as Aunt's Emmy's.