9/18/2008 11:00:00 AM | Posted by Cooking Confections | | Edit Post
There is just that tiny hint of Fall in the air. Tiptoeing outside at 5:30 to get the paper, I could feel it, smell it! Where is the blanket of humidity that we experience here in the South? I hope it is gone for good... but I doubt it. In the meantime, I will enjoy any day where the humidity is lower than 50%. That is a good thing.
Now on to THE Perfect Pound Cake - this recipe is thanks to my step-son, Thomas, a great guy and good cook. He always makes this for family occasions and was sweet enough to share it with me. Now you can enjoy this family favorite.
With Pound Cake, the methodology is the most important part. Do not ever, ever over beat it once the dry ingredients have been added. That is the secret to THE Perfect Pound Cake.
THE PERFECT POUND CAKE
- 3 Cups Sugar
- 2 Sticks of Real Butter (at room temperature)
- 6 Large Eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (or 1 Tbs. Almond Extract)
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour (measured before sifting)
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 8 Ounces of Sour Cream
Prepare 10 cup pound cake pan or bundt pan. Butter liberally and dust with flour.
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Place butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Beat until well mixed.
Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each egg.
Add the extract. Beat will to incorporate.
Sift the dry ingredients on to a sheet of wax paper.
Slowly add 1/4 dry ingredients. Turn mixer to slow speed and mix just until incorporated.
Add 1/2 cup of sour cream. Slowly mix until incorporated.
Add 1/2 of remaining dry ingredients. Slowly mix just until incorporated.
Add remaining sour cream and repeat as above.
Add the last of the dry ingredients and repeat as above.
Remember, this is critical. Just mix until incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan and place in oven.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
Turn oven down to 300 degrees and bake for 60 -65 minutes. (In my oven, I bake for exactly 63 minutes).
During the initial cooking process, do not open oven.
To test for doneness, just cake tester. If it comes out with crumbs, it is done.
Remove from oven and place on wire rack for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove from pan.
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- Mother/Step-Mother of 5 (Blended family), Grandmother of 9 precious grandchildren - 7 stateside and 2 in London. Cooking is my passion and stress release, Lived in the Charleston, SC area all my life, love to travel to England and Italy.
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