I grew up with my mum – a baker. I positively think it is in my blood. Something about baking just takes me to a happy place or is that the thought of devouring the finished product ?? not quite sure. One of my favourite childhood treats was pound cake. My uncle who lived in the USA would bring us them every time he would visit. So sweet and so damn tasty. He also used to give me $1 which I thought was a million at the time. Today I just felt like taking a trip back there so I got out one of my recipe books and did the damn thing. They came out pretty awesome. Easy to make, satisfying and tasty. It goes great with stewed fruit, jam, cheese you name it ?
Here is my go-to pound cake recipe :
1 1/2 cups of cake flour
3/4 cup (1 1/2) sticks of butter at room temp
1 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
The recipe can easily be doubled.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Sift together flour and salt.
Cream together butter and sugar for about 1 minute.
Add milk and eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, also add vanilla and mix well.
Slowly add flour about a 1/2 cup at a time. Mix at low-speed.
Scrape batter into prepared pan.
Bake 50-60 minutes or until wooden pick or knife is inserted into the center comes out clean.
I honestly can not remember where I found this recipe. It is my go-to for a simple sweet treat. It is pretty much a classic.