Monday, July 08, 2013

Real Pound Cake

For the 4th of July weekend we joined some family in the lovely town of Healdsburg on the Russian River. It gave us an opportunity to visit with family from the L.A. area and to meet the newest member of the family. I was asked to bring dessert (what a surprise). I knew it might be hot since we had 5 or 6 straight days of very hot weather, which is unusual for us. I decided that cold seasonal fruit, real pound cake and some whipped cream would be just the thing.

For the fruit I brought a mixture of ripe and juicy white peaches, cool fresh blueberries, and tangy sweet red raspberries. It fit the 4th of July theme and that combination tastes great together, too.

For the pound cake I use a recipe from a cookbook I've had around for ages, Jim Fobel's Old Fashioned Baking Book. The recipes are classics. This one is for Aunt Irma's Pound Cake. It makes one loaf and used two sticks of butter and 5 eggs, so you know it will have richness. There are two teaspoons of vanilla, so you know it will be flavorful. It is as fine crumbed as your Sara Lee pound cake, but less dry and much tastier. It really goes together quickly, but it takes over an hour in the oven to bake, so plan ahead. It made the perfect base for s few scoops of the fruit and a squirt of whipped cream. I tried a slice yesterday lightly toasted and that was good, too. The one photo I was able to take at the party is not very good, but it's all gone now, so it will have to do.

Sweetie and I are currently hard at work and sort of in the middle of a home project. I find that I have very little time or energy to bake or blog (or even to cook much). That means that this blog is going to have few posts this month. Do check in around the 16th/17th because I should have one about then.

In the meantime, I leave you, dear reader, with the knowledge that there are indeed hundreds of recipes posted in the past.

The two that are most requested seem to be Lemon Chicken for a Crowd and an oldie-but-goodie, Spinach Rice Casserole from the Moosewood Cookbook series. I find myself looking up Creamy Coleslaw Dressing and Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies most often. There are recipes for Appetizers, Beverages, a whole bunch of bread, cake, cookie, and pie recipes, some dinner ones like Sweetie's favorite Guinness Beef and Mushroom Pie, plus the most requested seasonal recipe, How to Color Easter Eggs. There are great ones for pasta, veggies, and soup. I bet you find a few that will become your favorites.

So while I'm hard at work, you can wander around my recipe listing...with lots of scrolling down. Just click on the rust colored tablecloth photo with place setting. On a tablet or smart phone you may need to scroll to the bottom of my posts and hit View Web Version or something like that to allow the recipe link to show up. Have fun! Try something new to you...and let me know how you liked it, O.K.?

So here is the Pound Cake recipe to start with:

Aunt Irma's Pound Cake
Jim Fobel's Old Fashioned Baking Book
Makes one loaf
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan. Set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt over a sheet of waxed paper or into a large bowl.
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in the sugar until blended. One at a time, beat in the eggs. Scrape bowl and beater often. Once the eggs are blended in, add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat just until smooth.

Turn the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top peaks and turns golden brown, about 1 hour and 15 minutes (although it could be sooner, so check cake at about one hour...and turn pan in oven if needed for even browning.) When cake is done the top will spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.
Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn out of the pan and place upright on the rack and cool thoroughly. Slice and serve.

1 comment :

  1. Looks a great dense yet moist texture. Sometiimes the simple old fashioned recipes produce the best results.