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  • Mar. 24th, 2011 at 11:09 PM
Pound cake is sincere and loyal. Like Jimmy Stewart. You mention pound cake and people will say, "Don't mind if I do." It can be familiar but still surprising. Let's bake and eat a cardamom citrus pound cake.
I should mention that this isn't a pedantic pound cake that requires a pound of every ingredient -though I suspect it would be pretty amazing.
Cream together 1 cup of softened butter with 1 1/3 cup sugar. Crack 5 eggs (room temp. so that they mix well) and mix them into the creamed mixture one at a time. So much mixing you say. Sincerity and loyalty don't come just like that. It has to be earned. And stop complaining. There's going to be cake. Then stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla, the zest of one orange and the juice of one lemon. If you want to really go wild (and I know you do,) you can use a meyer lemon. Then you bore your family and friends repeatedly over an evening of cake by pointing out that there is meyer lemon in the cake. As if you had searched foreign climes to find a rare and exquisite piece of citrus to make your cake a true thing of glory vs. going to the grocery store and seeing them on sale. I digress.
In a separate bowl whisk together 2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of salt and 2 tsps of ground cardamom. YAY spice. Now you will add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and do this in thirds. (giving everything a good stir in between each addition.) It will be a thick batter. Pour into a buttered/floured loaf pan. 9x5 will work for you. You can even get some delightfully shaped bundt pan and make your pound cake truly exciting.
Bake in an oven at 325F for about an hour. It should be golden and do a quick toothpick test to make sure it comes out clean. Remove that and let it sit for an hour.
It will smell nice and won't be too sweet. It will be something nice with a bit of ice cream or fruit. You could always toast two pieces of pound cake and then spread nutella and marshmallow fluff and call it a sandwich. You could also take those toasted slices of cake and put a slab of ice cream between them (maybe something like vanilla bean) and then pour butterscotch or caramel sauce on top and eat it with a fork and knife. Because sometimes you have to take a perfectly nice little cake and do wanton things with it..


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Apr. 10th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
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