Good old fashioned pound cake has been around for a very long time. Original recipes called for a pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs - thus its name, but so few ingredients in such large quantities resulted in a rather large cake. I don't know about you but if a big cake's in the house, I think it's my job to finish it so that's why I like this particular recipe. It makes only enough to fill a small loaf pan.
Traditional pound cakes have no leavening in them which results in an extremely dense heavy cake but in this version the addition of baking powder, never mind cream cheese results in a light and moist cake with a fine crumb - perfect with ice cream (course what isn't), fresh fruit or even as the base in a trifle.
Chocolate Chip Caramel
Chunk Pound Cake adapted from Jackson Hole Cooks
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel chunks (crushed heath bars)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Set aside. In bowl of electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and cream cheese
until light and fluffy. Add sugar and mix well. With motor running, add eggs
one at a time followed by vanilla extract. Whisk dry ingredients together and add to bowl, mixing well. Add
chocolate chips and caramel chunks mixing briefly on low speed to incorporate
into batter. Turn into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown
on top and firm to the touch. Let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Remove
from pan and cool. Serve warm or cold.
So listen, the big guy just called me from Newark airport and he's on his way home. I can't wait - it's been a darn long 5 days although I managed to get a ton of stuff done around the house I've missed the half of my heart that went along with him! Ever the teacher, as the house guest of one of our "girls" he took the opportunity to show her how to make Risotto of the Shrimp and Asparagus kind. He's so proud of his student we just had to share this picture with you. Good job Sophia! You make us proud in every way.