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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Pound cake

Christmas is nearing and getting inspired by all the awesome bakes being posted on various food groups couldn’t resist myself. This is a simple bake, nothing too rich and heavy. A pound cake is something you enjoy at anytime, delicious, moist and fluffy, a good accompaniment with tea or coffee which often becomes the saviour in this cold season.


Pound Cake


Though maa n grandma’s pound cakes were typically old school, I baked this using my imagination, added some cashews, dark raisins n tootty truity to make it more appealing to my son. I’m not a baker by any means but this tasted superb. So those of you looking for an easy bake before the real Christmas stuff, this is the recipe for you.


Pound Cake


What you’ll need:



  • 11/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 11/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • ¾ cups of granulated sugar
  • 15 tablespoons of salted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup of whole milk at room temperature
  • A fistful of tootty fruity
  • A fistful of dark raisins
  • A fistful of cashews

 
Pound Cake

Process:



Step1:
 

First soak the cashew and raisins in warm water for  5-7 minutes and strain the water.


Step 2:


Sift flour and baking powder together 2 times.


Step 3:


Now in an electric mixer, mix these along with the sugar on low speed until nicely blended.


Step 4:


Beat the eggs, and add to it the milk and the vanilla essence and mix well.


Step 5:
 

Now mix the dry ingredients in the mixer with melted butter and half the egg mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the container and mix again on low speed for 20 seconds. By now the dry ingredients will be moistened. Pour in the remaining egg mix and again blend on low speed for 30 seconds twice at an interval. Your batter is ready by now.


Step 6:
 

Gently mix the cashew, raisins and tootty fruity with a ladle and pour the batter in a well greased and powdered baking dish.


Step 7:


Preheat the oven to 180 degree centigrade and bake for 55 minutes-1 hour. Do the toothpick test, before removing. The toothpick should come out clean when inserted at the centre.



Pound cake

Step 8:



Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before removing from the baking dish.

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