Monday, June 28, 2010
Less is More...
Of course, Pound Cake got its name from using a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, and a pound of eggs. However, we've adjusted recipes through the years to fit pans or when we've added other things: chocolate, lemon, nuts, and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) to name a few. This is one recipe you can add almost anything to, flavor wise, or try slicing it and grilling it to go with a fruited sauce or grilled peach halves.
I chose to simply slice a nectarine to have with my piece; stone fruits are one of my favorites (I'm anxiously awaiting peaches). This version also is a tribute to Kelly and how, this past year, she tried to simplify her life; remove the stress and barriers to being happy. I hope you like it.
Cream cheese Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks) at room temperature
1 8oz pkg. cream cheese (use the regular, not the low-fat!)
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T vanilla (or do 2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 to 1 tsp. your favorite (i.e., lemon, almond, etc.)
DO NOT PREHEAT OVEN!
In the KitchenAid, using the whisk attachment (I know, this is different, but trust me it makes for a light, beautiful batter), beat the butter, cream cheese and sugar 8-10 minutes. The batter should be light and fluffy. On low speed add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Raise the speed to medium and beat once more until fluffy. In a small bowl, whisk (using a hand whisk, this time) the flour and salt. Add it to the batter and beat until well incorporated. Fold in the vanilla or your preferred flavorings.
In a 12-cup Bundt pan, sprayed with a baking spray (which is a vegetable oil and flour mixture), pour in the batter, smoothing slightly the top. Place in a cool oven. Set temperature 325F-degrees Bake or Convection for 80-90 minutes. I set my timer for the 80 and checked it with a wooden skewer for doneness. Let cool about 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired. Enjoy!