Many years ago, I was attending the University of Florida in the Civil Engineering Department. I was living off campus and holding down two jobs to make it through. When it came to food, I didn’t live very “high on the hog.” I was experimenting with “semi-homemade” food long before Sandra Lee became famous. There were a couple of food prices that I remember well. When there was a special on, I could get hamburger and chicken for $0.29 a lb. One of my semi-homemade desserts was the combination of Jello and pound cake mix. These were inexpensive items that I could afford. You could create several different flavors, depending on your mood. I know this sounds crazy, but I liked grape. So here is a simple combination that the children will like because they can choose their favorite flavor. How can you beat that?
Jello Pound Cake
1 box of Betty Crocker pound
Follow instructions on the box.
2 eggs as per box instructions.
3/4 cup water.
1- 9 x 5 loaf pan.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat water to a boil.
Dissolve Jello in the water. Strawberry – Banana Jello is a good one to try.
Mix as per directions on the box.
Line bottom and sides of loaf pan with Crisco or Pam as needed.
Place mix in the loaf pan and bake as directed.
A slice of this pound cake can be dressed up with various fruits and/or
sauces, depending on the flavor of the Jello.
Let the kids decide.
P.S. Here is an unusual tip for the kitchen. Whenever you empty a jar of dill pickles, use the leftover juice to clean the copper bottoms of your pans. Just pour the juice in a large bowl and set the pan in the juice for about 15 minutes. It comes out looking like new.