Friday, 20 February 2015

Thank God! there is Pound Cake....

Life can be tough.....at times, exceptionally tough! But still...it has to be lived. Coz only then will you realise its beauty. And only when you pass through storms, you get to see the rainbow. Past one year had been quite hard for me. But on 31st dec'14, I still hoped for a better year ahead. Why?? Bcoz life goes on....and life goes on in "hope".
Caroline Myss had said "The soul knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." But then, how can you heal yourself when the soul screams 'pound cake'....but the mind says "shut up....there's no time". Of course there is always time... for a rich, moist and luscious pound cake!
moist rich pound cake


This is a recipe of lemon buttermilk pound cake from Baking Bites. After all the heaviness that had been handed down to me by Life lately, the last thing I wanted to uplift my spirits was, with a heavy pound cake. I was looking for a rich and moist pound cake which was light but still a "pound cake". This one fitted the bill perfectly. It is rich, as a pound cake should be, without being greasy.....moist and light. The buttermilk keeps it moist, rich as well as light too. And the best part is, it uses oil, so you can refrigerate it and it will still remain soft, unlike Butter cakes. However, you wont have to worry about refrigerating it...it wont last that long. Initially I was thinking of halving the recipe as we're just two people on cake diet. However, seeing the positive reviews, I was tempted to give it a try as is. And.....I wasn't disappointed at all. Infact, I had to bake it again on the weekend, as it was gone in 2 days flat!
perfect pound cake

I tried a boozy and nutty version of this cake. Here's my version of this beautiful and delicious cake:

Ingredients:
3 cups APF
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter at room temp
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp Scotch whiskey
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup rice bran oil/ any other flavorless oil
2/3 cup chopped dry fruit mix

Method:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 C. Grease and flour 9''X5'' loaf pan.
Gently whisk together flour and baking powder.
Cream together butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs one by one and beat together till creamy.


Add whiskey and vanilla extract to buttermilk and lightly stir. Alternately add flour mix and buttermilk to the butter and egg mixture. Beat till fully combined. Do not overmix. Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle chopped dry fruits on top. Bake at 180 C for 70-80 mins (please note, the baking time varies according to type of oven so keep checking at regular intervals with a skewer). If you feel the top is browning fast, simply cover it with foil or parchment paper.

Enjoy your afternoon tea with a slice of this perfectly light and delicious Pound Cake......

.......happy baking!!

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