Friday, September 13, 2019

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake for the Modern Baker

Pound Cake, Old-Fashioned Pound Cake, Pound Cake Recipe, High Altitude Pound CakeI've been doing quite a bit of thinking and reading and daydreaming about pound cake lately.  Pound cake is something I've always loved, and my mom used to make one or two around the holidays, served with a spiced red fruit sauce (with an impossible-to-pronounce Danish name) and whipped cream.  Those slices of cake were so tempting, and so easy to snack on, since you really don't need a fork for pound cake.

The making of pound cake takes patience - all that time spent beating air into the butter, sugar and eggs - but it's all worth it when you take that first delicious bite.  The family recipe that my mom used - "Uncle Andy's Pound Cake" - was rich, decadent, dense and buttery, as every good pound cake should be. Just writing this paragraph makes my mouth water as I contemplate that buttery cake crumb, that deep, amber-hued golden crust, that rich pure flavor of simple ingredients that are in perfect harmony.