La What Now?

Since the 1960s, baseball teams and players have been publishing cookbooks. I collect them and try out some of the recipes that major leaguers have shared with their fans over the years. Photos, recipes and comments included.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Breakfast Cake - Vance Law (Infielder)

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbls. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cups milk
2 eggs
Sift dry ingredients.  Beat eggs; add oil and milk.  Combine with flour mixture.  Pour into a greased 9 x 13" pan.  Sprinkle topping on top.  Bake 25 minutes at 400 F.
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbls. cinnamon
Combine all until crumbly.
Vance Law was a White Sox player for only three seasons (1982-84), but he is well-remembered from the 1983 AL West Division winning club.  The eyeglasses he wore at the time, instantly recognizable, have taken on an iconic status.
For three years, Law was the starting third baseman for the Sox, and built a reputation for reliability and solid play.  No flash, just fundamentals.
Sort of like this recipe of his from the 1983 White Sox Cookbook.  I don't know if "breakfast cake" is a lost culinary tradition, but we brought it back here courtesy of Mr. Law.
This is probably the most basic recipe for cake you can find.  The cinnamon flavoured topping seems almost exotic by comparison.  Anyway, follow the steps and you'll be rewarded with a nice white cake.  You can have it for breakfast with fruit or jam or whatever creamy spread you like.  Makes a nice snack any time during the day or night.
I say it's time to bring back the timeless art of breakfast cake!
FINAL SCORE - solid, reliable, won't let you down... just like Vance Law at third.

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