Pound Cake

Pound Cake

 

 

 

 

Pound Cake is so versatile. It’s a year around treat but in our family berry season is the most popular. It easily becomes a strawberry shortcake, or we slather it with whipped cream and an assortment of unsweetened berries. Then there’s George who really prefers no topping. That speaks volumes about this recipe.

 

Recipe

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Grease and flour a 9 inch loaf pan.

1 3/4 Cups all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 Teaspoon salt-eliminate if using salted butter
1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
1 Cup butter-room temperature
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Teaspoon lemon zest
Heaping Tablespoon of lemon juice
4 Eggs-room temperature

Whisk together the first three ingredients and set aside. Whisking makes the flour less packed and creates a lighter texture in this recipe.

Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.

Add the sugar to the butter and beat for about 5 minutes increasing speed of mixer from low to medium. Increase speed to high and beat an additional 3 minutes.

Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Fold in the flour mixture and then on low-medium speed beat until just incorporated. Too much beating will cause dryness.

The batter is thick. Pour into prepared loaf pan and smooth the batter evenly.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until wooden screwer comes out clean. Over-baking causes dryness.

There you have it!

Whipped sour cream or creme fraiche instructions here.

Or simply whip up 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar (or to taste) and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat until stiff and smooth in appearance. Over-beating creates a curdled look and a less creamy texture. Yep, almost butter.


4 Comments

  1. Posted May 30, 2016 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Pound cake means it’s totally okay that I eat it by the pound, right? Right. This looks so simple but so delicious! Perfect for the holiday weekend!!

    • Posted May 30, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Karly,

      My sentiment exactly. Thank you so much for coming by!

  2. Posted May 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Love, love pound cake and it is great anytime of year but, really holds it own in the summer with berries. Your pound cake looks delicious.

    Velva

    • Posted May 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      Velva,

      So nice of you to drop by. Thank you. I do love this simple old recipe. It works!

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