I will admit it, my bedtime reading of choice as of late is cookbooks. Good cookbooks. Cookbooks that drag you in and you come out five pounds heavier and dreamy-eyed. Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan is one of those cookbooks. While I didn’t get on board quick enough to join the TWD craze, I’m sure that I could easily make something different from this book every week on my own without hesitation (oh dear, I may have created a monster!). I’ve been reading this beautifully written and photographed cookbook over and over for months now and have finally decided to stop reading and start baking! With fresh Valley strawberries now available, what better to start with than a pound cake. Dorie’s Perfection Pound Cake is just that, perfection.
- 2 1/4 cup cake/pastry flour (or 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In KitchenAid (or with large bowl and hand mixer) beat butter and sugar together for at least 5 minutes using paddle attachment on med-high speed, it should get quite light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 2 minutes between each egg addition on medium speed. Remove bowl from mixer, add in vanilla and go grab your rubber spatula. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and give it a quick whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the butter/sugar/egg/vanilla mixture and fold in until no dry flour remains, but not much more.
Scrape the batter into a buttered loaf pan (I use a large 9 x 5″) and bake it sitting on another baking sheet on the middle rack of an oven preheated to 325 degrees for 75 minutes (putting it on the other baking sheets helps protect the bottom from browning too much). After 45 minutes loosely tent the cake with foil so that it doesn’t brown too much on top. Let cool in pan for 20 to 30 minutes and then run knife gently around it and remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack before wrapping in plastic wrap.
I’ve heard that this cake stays fresh at least 4 days and up to week (left on counter), we haven’t been able to test that though 🙂 It was hard enough saving some for the next day when it indeed had an even better texture and flavour.