Monday, August 22, 2011

Dorie Greenspan's Perfection Pound Cake


A pound cake is traditionally a cake with one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. The pound cakes baked now are not exactly with these proportions but nevertheless are rich, buttery and of course delicious! Different countries and different regions have their own variations of this cake. Difference in flavorings such as vanilla or almond extract, dry fruit and nuts, addition of milk or buttermilk or sour cream to make the cake more moist make for some variations. - Source Wikipedia.

Then again we have pound cakes with melted chocolate or cocoa added to them to make a chocolate pound cake. How about a vanilla-chocolate tango, a marbled pound cake? Or one with lemon and poppy seeds? Or orange zest? Chocolate chips? Hmmm... as if this delicious confusion is not enough to muddle my brain, I had to contend with all the various recipes and variations I could try! An indecisive person, I spend more time in deciding on a recipe than in actually baking one! Honestly speaking,  I can't really do a comparison of family heirloom recipes or launch into nostalgic accounts of pound cakes I have grown up eating. My mother has never baked and she actually thinks I am really crazy to be spending so much time on baking. Mother-in- law used to bake ages ago and rarely, she is thankfully now coming to terms with my baking obsession. I have not eaten a great deal of cakes when I was a kid, none which left an impression on my foodie brain at least, except for a butter sponge which we would get from Bangalore sometimes.  So the introduction of a pound cake has come quite late to me, very recently in fact and hence it follows that the quest for a perfect pound cake which suits my taste is still far away.

Dorie Greenspan's Perfection Pound Cake seemed a great one to start with... a simple cake with few ingredients, a simple enough procedure. If a very buttery, golden cake with a lovely crumb is your kind of cake, this is for you to try...


Without further ado, here is the recipe from Dorie Greenspan's 'Baking - From My Home To Yours'

Ingredients:

Butter, soft at room temperature - 1 Cup - 225 grams
Sugar - 1 Cup - 200 grams
Eggs - 4, large
Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
Flour - 2 Cups / 240 grams
Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon ( I omitted this)

Procedure: Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F. Grease, line and flour a 9''x 5'' loaf tin. Sift together the flour (salt if using) and the baking powder. Keep aside. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, cream on high speed for 5 minutes, till light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating for 2 minutes on medium speed between each addition. Add the vanilla. Fold in the flour using a silicon spatula. Transfer the batter to the prepared tin. bake for 40-60 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted in the center come out clean. I baked for 65 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool the cake in the tin on a rack.



Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Run a blunt knife around the sides of the cake and transfer it to the cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing. 


How I liked it - A very delicious cake indeed! Very buttery and rich. I personally do not relish bakes very rich and buttery, can't eat more than just one slice you see;-) , but if you do, you will love this! 


16 comments:

Sum said...

Looks awesome!

Smita Srivastava said...

Lovely ....the pics n the recipe both are absolutely wonderful n inviting !!!

Arch said...

Looks really perfect !! My aunt has given me a recipe of candied orange peels, will try a pound cake with that. Thanks to you and Sayantani,I baked with gloripan yeast over the weekend and its so awesome working with that yeast...waiting to try the buns from your blog next...thanks a ton !

Prathibha said...

This one looks indeed perfect..I now know whr 2 look for if I have 2 try pound cake..I mean the perfect pound cake..:)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I'm sure it was a big hit !! this definetly looks rich and sounds buttery..really nice pound cake.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Pavithra said...

Thats the perfect pound cake.. wish to have a slice suma.. absolutely neat.

Divya Shankar said...

Yummy, the pound cake looks awesome :) I completely love your addiction to baking becos that inspires me terrifically in a way, but I can never ever match you in skill and perfection :(

Wowie u r .. I re iterate - you must start a bakery of your own when u have the time for it and I will be the first customer fighting to get in !!

Parita said...

I toh chicken out everytime when I see 1 cup butter..too rich for me..your cake looks delicious..so beautifully baked..will def make someday :)

divya said...

looks absolutely perfect and tempting.. Yummy :)

Anonymous said...

is there any substitutes for egg. as we dont take eggs. pls let me know.

Neha said...

That looks so perfect...Nice , soft and moist...yummy

Divya Kudua said...

YUM--I've made it so many times now that the recipe seems all too familiar.perfect results each and every time.Your clicks are making it even more tempting!!

Priya said...

Prefect looking super spongy and super moist cake..

gayatri said...

this looks absolutely gorgeous and that reminds me that I've not used this cookbook as much as i should have. will fix it :-)

M D said...

I am drooling at the texture of that cake you've got! Fabulous. Do you have any left over? I am coming!

Mugdha said...

Looks soo tempting..:)