At any point during the 1980s, you could’ve opened the middle pantry drawer in our kitchen and discovered a treasure trove of baked goods from our supermarket’s Entenmann’s display: fudge-frosted doughnuts, mini chocolate chip cookies, thick-glazed cupcakes. My father had—and still has—an epic sweet tooth that deserves a three-hundred-page volume all to itself. The king of the drawer, though, was the Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Nut Loaf, because it only made rare appearances at the supermarket, and, much to our dismay, eventually disappeared from shelves across the country. (We never did find out why.) My father and I were the biggest fans of the loaf, and in the twenty-five years since I’ve seen it, I don’t think I’ve ever walked by the Entenmann’s section without secretly hoping I’ll spy one amid the doughnut holes and crumb cakes. Until then, I have this homemade version, which comes about as close as you can get.
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Excerpted from How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach. Published by Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random House. ©2016 Jenny Rosenstrach, photography by Chelsea Cavanaugh.