I can never buy gifts for my dad, I just don't know how. I have always had such a hard time coming up with gifts to get him for some reason, because nothing ever seems just right. He’s just difficult to shop for. Sigh.
Last Father’s Day, I thought I had finally come up with the perfect gift to get him in conjunction with my sister. We figured that getting my dad a six-month subscription to the Weekend edition of the New York Times, the one that gets delivered to your house on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, would be the perfect gift. My dad loves to read the newspaper, and getting the Times delivered to our house seemed like a good idea at the time.
I didn’t know that the people from the Times would call our house several days after we signed up for the subscription to confirm our order. My dad answered the phone, and when the people from the Times told him that they wanted to confirm his recent subscription, he got so upset, thinking that he got mysteriously signed up for the Times, or that he got hacked somehow, or that something weird had just happened, because he had actually never signed up for a subscription…he proceeded to get into a fight with the guy on the phone and cancelled the subscription, aka our Father’s Day gift to him. Sigh.
Later that day, he told us what happened, and we couldn’t believe it. I was forced to tell him that the subscription he had cancelled was our gift to him, and that the whole thing had been a huge misunderstanding. We obviously hadn’t told him about the subscription because it was supposed to be a surprise, and we had no idea that the Times would call to confirm…
To make a long story short, after a couple phone calls, everything was back in order and we had a new subscription. Father’s Day was saved!
This year I decided to play it safe, and make my dad something he really loves for Father’s Day. Pound cake. My dad isn’t really a dessert kind of guy, but he does love bread and pound cake, since they’re not too sweet. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this, and I was right! My dad loved it, and it was really the perfect thing I could have gotten him.
This pound cake is very simple to put together, because it has so few ingredients, and it’s really hard to mess up. I had to use a fancy bundt pan because I couldn’t find my normal 10-cup bundt pan, but 2 smaller bundt pans or loaf pans should be fine.
Happy Father’s Day!
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
· 3 cups cake flour
· ¼ teaspoon salt
· 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
· 6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
· 2 ¼ cups sugar
· 5 eggs, at room temperature
· ½ vanilla extract
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat to 325ºF. Grease and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan (I used a cathedral pan).
Sift together the flour and salt into a bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese together until creamy and smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract, and mix until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture, and with the mixer on low, beat until just incorporated.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap the pan against the work surface a couple of times to ensure that the batter is in the pan evenly and to remove air pockets. Bake the pound cake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about an hour and fifteen minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for ten minutes before inverting the cake. Let cool completely before serving.