Perre’s Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

Perre’s Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote


I was first drawn to this recipe, because, well, who could resist something called sugar cake? It reminds me of the great classic song “Tea for Two”, the Ella Fitzgerald version is on my kitchen playlist. “Day will break and I will wake, and start to bake a sugar cake, for you to take for all the boys to see.” Recipes for Sugar Cake are scattered through community cookbooks, mostly a version called Moravian Sugar Cake, which involves yeast. But I came across this simple version and had to try it. It is dense and tender and beautifully yellow, with that thick, chewy crust so perfect on a moist loaf cake. I sprinkle the top with sugar to create a crackly sweet bite. Continue reading

Perre’s Southern Cornbread Chicken and Dressing with Gravy


PERRE COLEMAN MAGNESS is the cook behind the Runaway Spoon blog. My life sometimes requires comfort cooking.  Not comfort food, but comfort cooking, though the two are not mutually exclusive. Comfort food for me is old classics that bring back happy memories, sometimes bittersweet, or that make a down day worthwhile. Often, that means food … Continue reading