Thursday, April 28, 2011

Perfection Pound Cake

Perfection Pound Cake


With all the extravagant and delicious desserts to bake, I’m always in search of a great recipe for a pound cake. It’s not that I’m constantly looking for an even better recipe than the previous, I guess it’s more of an excuse for me to bake a pound cake every once in a while. And Dorie Greenspan gave me an excuse to bake one today, as I obviously could not resist making her “Perfection Pound Cake”. And perfection it was – delicious comfort as only a pound cake can give you. Rating: 5 out of 5.




Perfection Pound Cake: Dorie Greenspan - Baking From My Home To Yours

Ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (or 2 ¼ cups cake flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan or an 8-½ x 4-½-inch loaf pan. Put the pan on an insulated baking sheet or on two regular baking sheets stacked one on top of the other. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy, a full 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and beater and reduce the mixer speed to medium. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 to 2 minutes after each egg goes in. As you’re working, scrape down the bowl and beater often. Mix in the vanilla extract. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, mixing only until it is incorporated – don’t overmix. In fact, you might want to fold in the last of the flour, or even all of it, by hand with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the buttered pan and smooth the top.
- Put the cake into the oven to bake, and check on it after about 45 minutes. If it’s browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. If you’re using a 9×5 pan, you’ll need to bake the cake for 70 to 75 minutes; the smaller pan needs about 90 minutes. The cake is properly baked when a thin knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean.
- Remove the cake from the oven, transfer the pan to a rack and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Run a blunt knife between the cake and the sides of the pan and turn the cake out, then turn it right side up on the rack and cool to room temperature.



I was going bananas over trying to find my cake knife,
which I apparently lost, but the pound cake is so buttery smooth,
any knife while glide right through it.

Perfection Pound Cake

14 comments:

How To Be Perfect said...

It's funny because I too love a pound cake, no icing or anything and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. This one looks lovely, sometimes at the end of a long day this type of cake is just what you need. x

Heather at Willow Cottage said...

My favorite dessert in the whole world is pound cake. Unfortunately I do not have a good recipe for pound cake. I can't wait to try this one. I think a bit of raspberry sauce and whipped cream are calling my name. :-)

Paris Pastry said...

@Heather: Raspberry sauce would go great with this pound cake! I like to eat it with creme fraiche :)

Dana said...

Yum! I love finding reasons to bake anything and everything. I think I'm going to have to eventually pick up that book. I've seen so many good recipes come out of it :)

A side of strawberries and freshly whipped cream would go wonderfully!

xo,
Dana

Becca said...

Mmm, wow does this look good. You can never go wrong with making a pound cake. And the interior looks so soft and delicious! YUM.

Shareena said...

i love pound cake! then again, I love anything ending with "-cake" ..heheh..^__^ I want to try this...mm..need butter...

Shannon Riley said...

This looks delicious! :D

ABowlOfMush said...

Gorgeous pound cake!!

This and a cup of tea would be so perfect!

Francy said...

Superbe!!!
Xo Xo
Francy
www.labarbeapapa-francy.blogspot.com

tapping technique said...

Pound cakes are a delightfully delicious delicacy, even with its simplicity.

EFT Children said...

Yummy! Simply made but looks just yummy!

Eliana said...

Few things are more comforting that a good pound cake. And with such a great rating from you, I will definitely be making this one very soon.

Lucie said...

Really looks like a perfectly moist pound cake. I want this right now with a cup of tea!!

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

ziet er ook erg smeuig uit :) ik moet ook maar eens een pound cake proberen.