Perfect Pound Cake with Dulche de Leche | Sweet Punch Baking
So I made the perfect pound cake yesterday evening for Sweet Punch's July baking and it was a good thing because I have made a pound cake after ages. Ofcourse I started my cake baking by everyone's favorite pound cake and later as I started to bake more healthy stuff less butter, more wheat flour rather than all purpose flour, pound cake got lost somewhere and man was it good to remember it again heck it was. Sinful to the core and I made it even more sinful with topping it with homemade Dulche de Leche. One is allowed to forget about calories once in a while isn't it. *goes off to survive on salad and sprouts for a day to make up :P.
The cake was dense and crumbly just as it was supposed to be.
The recipe of cake is taken from the The Cake Bible (a book I have been wanting to lay my hands on BTW)... here is the recipe just as mentioned on the sweet punch blog.
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Butter an 8 inch by 4 by 2.5 inch loaf pan, or any six cup loaf or fluted tube pan.
- Lightly whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl.
- Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until blended. Add the butter and half the egg mixture, and mix until dry ingredients are moistened. On medium speed, beat for one minute. This will aerate and develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down sides.
- Add the remaining egg mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds between each addition. Scrape down sides.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth surface with a spatula. Bake for 55-65 minutes (35-45 minutes if baking in a fluted tube pan), until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cake cool on a rack in the pan for 10 minuets before inverting onto a greased wire rack. If using a loaf pan, flip the cake over so the top is up.
For making Cake flour at home - Take one cup of all purpose flour and remove 2 tbsp from it.Replace the 2 tbsp flour with cornflour and sift together 2-3 times.Cake flour is ready to use.
I followed the recipe fully this time (surprise :) ) just added 1/2 tsp of cardomom powder and 1 tsp pf lemond zest. he he suprise over :D I did get a crack on top but apart from that the cake was pretty good tasting and perfect
And for the Dulche De Luche I followed purple foodie's recipe, took a can of milkmaid and immersed in water bath for about 3 hours while it simmered (I made it on my induction stove on the least power) , I added a vanilla bean and a little rock salt to it. Though it didn't turn out perfect and as creamy it should have been. If u see the below picture one lump got formed in the tin while it was cooking and whatever I did it didn't smoothen out fully. Anyone know why could that lump have been there? Did I open the tin too much? Inspite of that the taste was to die for, after I took the stuff out of the tin both N and Ojas sat and licked it clean ;-) I am gonna try making it again soon and if u guys have any input please to give it.
So all in all a great sinful dessert was had yesterday for sudden guests....