Friday, December 3, 2010

Chocolate Pound Cake

This cake is everything but ordinary; crème fraîche, light brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate makes this cake so much more than your average pound cake. I love the texture of French pound cakes. They're less airy and more solid than American ones. Which means you can eat a slice and actually be sated for the rest of the afternoon. Rating: 4 out of 5.


Chocolate Pound Cake




Quatre-Quarts au Chocolat: adapted from Pâtisserie Poujauran, Dorie Greenspan - Paris Sweets

Ingredients:
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (115 grams)
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (175 grams)
- 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
- 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature (5 ounces; 140 grams)
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar (180 grams)
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- ⅓ cup homemade crème fraîche, or store-bought or heavy cream (85 grams)

Instructions:
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter four 5¼ x 3 x 2½-inch (14.5 x 7.5 x 6.5-cm) disposable aluminum foil mini loaf pans. (I used a regular loaf tin.) Dust the insides of the pans with flour, tap out the excess, and put the pans on an insulated baking sheet or on two stacked regular baking sheets.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over—not touching—simmering water or in a microwave oven; set it aside. Whisk the flour and baking powder together and set aside as well.
- Working in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until it is smooth and light. Add the sugar and beat for 2 minutes. One by one, add the whole eggs and the yolk, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Don’t be concerned when the mixture curdles—it will come together when you add the dry ingredients. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the cream, followed by the melted chocolate. When the chocolate is thoroughly incorporated, add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the batter.
- Divide the batter evenly among the pans. Bake the cakes for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. (If you use a regular loaf pan, it needs about 50 - 60 minutes.) Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and cool for about 5 minutes before unmolding; turn the cakes right side up and cool to room temperature.


I'm developing a thing for serving crème fraîche with cakes.
It's really lovely, try it!

Chocolate Pound Cake

11 comments:

Cara said...

bookmarked!
<3 Cara
Lilac and Grey

How To Be Perfect said...

Look and sounds amazing! I really should bake more from this book. x

Chele said...

And the use of creme fraiche makes this cake positively healthy in my book ;0)

SteelCityFlan said...

Oooh, looks delicious. And I love that top picture!

Danielle said...

I love making pound cakes and quick breads too. This one looks delicious! It looks really good and moist.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm creme fraiche in chocolate cake...sounds delightful!

Lucie said...

I love the way your pound cake looks--the edges look like coral (in a good, cute way!) and it seems delicious!

Anonymous said...

yum, it looks so rich and amazing!

EFT for Cancer said...

Sure looks fun and easy to bake!

Eliana said...

Hmmm - looks like chocolate perfection to me.

Coco Coterie said...

That looks delicous. I love when the corners are a bit crunchy ~ xox Alexandra