Many years ago, my initial quest on the web in 1995 wasn’t to create restaurant style recipes, it was to archive family recipes. All of the women in my family cooked, we were all from your average family who couldn’t afford to go out to eat every night, but we did enjoy making delicious food for those that we love. This recipe for my Grandmother Ethel’s Pineapple Angel Food Cake has been around for a long time, and I am quite certain it wasn’t her recipe to start with, but let me show you how something becomes a recipe online.
I still have about a shoebox full of these lovely handwritten recipes. I would recognize this penmanship anywhere. It is my Grandmother, Ethel Eynard, my Dad’s mom. She inspired me to collect recipes, and cook books. I would go over to her house, and be filled in awe with her large collection of cookbooks. She must have had about 20. More interesting to me, was that she really didn’t need a recipe to cook with, her food was simple, but often sublime. She would write out recipes for me and send them to me. Whenever I would go over to her house, she would make a new recipe. At one point this recipe was new. This recipe was one that she most likely made for my Dad and me. My Dad was diabetic, type I, he had to take several insulin shots a day. When I was growing up these baked good weren’t something we had too often,because we tried to respect that my Dad couldn’t enjoy them. This particular angel food cake is lower in sugar, and was a treat we could enjoy.
Whenever I look at these recipes, memories come flooding back to me. A dessert like this was enjoyed after dinner, and after a couple of games of cards. I can remember sitting in her kitchen, enjoying a piece of cake while bantering back and forth about who was winning, and who was losing a game of rummy. These memories are all the more touching now, because everyone that sat at that table with the exception of me is gone now. I now have the memories, and the piece of paper that my grandmother so carefully wrote out her recipe. While so often I can’t convey to you the special meaning something that this recipe has to me, I hope I can offer you a good recipe in which you share, and enjoy a pleasant evening with those that you love.
Please note, there is no water or anything else added to this recipe other than the ingredients listed below.
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
Here is my Grandmother during a camping trip. I am guessing we were up in the mountains and enjoying a meal.
Do you have special family recipes that mean something to you? Do you equate recipes with memories?
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
- 1 box Angel Food Cake mix - use one step mix
- 20 ounces crushed pineapple packed in its own juice, do not use it when packed in syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl mix together the angel food cake mix and can of crushed pineapple including the juice in the can by hand and place into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.