Merry Christmas from suburban Long Island, where the Bundt Cake is a time-honored holiday tradition. I learned to bake using a Bundt Pan and I still appreciate the form and the function. Even the most austere confection, emerges from the pan with a certain aerodynamic style. I’ve proudly owned my Bundt Pan for more than three decades, and it has serviced me well through many a holiday season.
This Sweet Potato Bourbon Cake (recipe found here) will certainly impress my family at the conclusion of Christmas dinner today – especially my brother Jim from Tennessee – as it is bathed in a merry helping of his hometown spirit, Jack Daniels.
It’s perhaps a less fussy holiday cake than previous years, but the sweet potato – a final gift from Restoration Farm - gives it a lovely orange hue, and the bourbon and butter glaze evokes rich flavors of caramel. I also like the subtle wreath of chopped pecans that encircles the crown.
However, if you prefer your Christmas holidays with a touch more bling, feast your eyes on this:
The streets of Long Island are a mecca for holiday glitter. You might find it a tad gaudy, but I think it is just an expression of the warmth that radiates from all our homes this day. A warm and Happy Christmas to all of you!
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