For the first time in about 10 years we will not be lambing, kidding or calving on Father’s Day, which is in itself a cause for celebration. We aren’t sure what we will be doing but I am certain food will be a part. The old adage, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” truly holds in our family.
One activity we are considering is fishing. Our family hasn’t gone fishing together since my daughter was one year old. She will be 20 this summer. Although they don’t all fall on the Father’s Day weekend there will be Family Fishing Weekends (no licence required) across Canada this summer. A full listing of the dates across Canada can be found at http://www.nationalfishingweekcanada.net/eng/licence_free_days.
If you’re lucky and catch dinner, a delicious Tractor Cake would make a fun dessert. Another favourite hobby of ours is making fancy cakes. Although there just doesn’t seem to be as much time as there was when the children were little, the effort is still appreciated. The sizes of the cakes used can be changed depending on the size of the gathering.
One 8×8-inch cake One 15×10-inch cake Aluminum foil String licorice
4 large cookies (3-D cake) Food colouring
(dependent on make of tractor) Assorted candies to trim the tractor
This cake works very well as it is sturdy. You will need a triple recipe. This is for one 8×8 inch.
Preheat oven to 350 F
2 c. flour
1-1/4 c. sugar
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. milk
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
Prepare pan. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl; stir in milk until blended; beat at medium speed with mixer for 2 minutes; add eggs and vanilla; beat another 2 minutes. Spread evenly in pan and bake for 30 minutes or till it tests done.
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sifted icing sugar 2 to 2-1/2 tbsp. milk
Cream butter. Beat in vanilla. Add icing sugar alternately with milk. Adjust for spreading consistency. Add 3 tbsp. cocoa to the icing sugar for chocolate variation. Once cooled cut each cake in half lengthwise. Spread icing, or filling of choice, on one layer of the 15×10 inch, stack on the other. This is the body of the tractor. Now do the same with the 8×8 inch, which will be used for the cab. Spread icing, tinted to your tractor’s appropriate colour, on all the pieces. There will now be one 7-1/2×10-inch iced cake and one 4×8-inch iced cake. Place the smaller cake on top of the larger one and use icing to hide the seams. The cab size can be adjusted to make the nose of the tractor longer if desired but you will have an open side to ice. To make that easier, keeping crumbs out of the icing, thin some icing with more milk and spread it on the cut edge. When dry, ice the piece again with thick icing. When the body is assembled the fun begins. Use pieces of aluminum foil cut to size and glued onto the cab for windows. Headlights could be suckers and black string licorice works well for outline. Let your imagination go wild! We love chocolate chip cookies so those are what we use for the wheels, but any flavour could be used.
Whether your family decides to take part in a fishing trip or just hang out and eat cake, the day is sure to be enjoyed. The last few years have been very hard on farm families so I hope you take the opportunity to relax.
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