Desserts – Irma’s Pound Cake

Julie here–
Happy Reformation!

Reformation Day (Oct. 31) is a wonderful day in the church to rejoice in the remember the reforms of Martin Luther. Luther never intended to start a protestant reformation or even to break off from the Catholic Church. His desire was to return the church to the roots of its confession. Popes and bishops didn’t see it that way, however.

This little handout pictured above explains the three “solas”–grace alone, faith alone, and scripture alone, the three-pronged emphasis of a biblical confession.

At Redeemer and at most Lutheran churches the custom is to celebrate Reformation on the day closest to Oct. 31, and then All Saints Day (Nov. 1) the next weekend. So we’re celebrating Reformation today and All Saints day next Sunday, Nov. 2. We’re likely to hear a Christ-centered sermon about justification by grace through faith! Happy Reformation!

Irma’s Pound Cake
Well, I’m going to be a busy little beaver the next few weeks because of all of the fabulous help I’m getting in completing the cookbook project! One of the Oktoberfest cake walk donations came from Barbara S. She not only contributed this recipe to the cookbook but also made it as a donation for the cake walk. Hooray!

And look at how clever she is, labeling it in the photo and all! Why didn’t I think of that? I could have been doing it all along. Leave it to Barbara to make brilliant suggestions.

She made another brilliant suggestion this week, which is to print up a list of corrections for the cookbook so that we could just stick that into everyone’s books. What a great idea! After we cook through everything, we’ll definitely know what things were in error, so I can put together a sheet at the end of the year with all of the changes.

This recipe (p. 81) is another one of Barbara S.’s fabulous dessert entries.


Here’s a bit of information about the pound cake from Barbara S.:
My grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Matthews McDermand, was born on the Isle of Guernsey in 1866. She came to Canada, then Chicago and finally to Montana. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas she made her “Caraway Seed Cake” which was pound cake with cracked caraway seeds added. This is an easy and perfect rich dessert.

She goes on with interesting Chicago details in her family tree, “In 1894 Jenny Matthews married Jim McDermand in Chicago.  They were both 28.  Jim was a guard at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and we have his sword.  They were at the fair and a crowd gathered around one exhibit.  Jenny (4’ 11 ½”) asked Jim (6”) to lift her so she could see what the commotion was.  It was “Little Egypt”.  Jenny promptly took Jim away from there.  Jenny sewed neckties for Kuppenheimer in Chicago.  She had come from a long line of master tailors.  She took night classes at that time and almost earned a college degree.  Jenny was a born teacher who taught me to play the piano and about King Tut and other historical ideas.”

Thank you, Barbara, for sharing this!


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