Tag Archives: Martha Stewart

Today’s cake – cream cheese pound cake

Pound cake reminds me of my grandmother.  While she was an excellent savoury Italian cook (no one will ever surpass her meatballs), Nonna was never one for making desserts or biscuits – her staple dessert was affogato.  So she always used to buy us pound cake.  This recipe is from Martha Stewart’s new Cakes book.  What I like about a lot of her loaf cake recipes is that they make two cakes – which is great as it means you can freeze one, or better still, give one to a friend.

I’ve done some rounding on measurements converting from imperial to metric. Recipe suggests cooking for 70 to 85 minutes, but I found mine was slightly overcooked by 70. If you find they are browning quickly, cover with foil.

025

Ingredients
3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons salt
330g unsalted butter, room temperature
225g cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups caster sugar
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Oil cooking spray

Making it
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Coat two 9×5 inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt
3. With an electric mixer on high, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar gradually, and beat until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each additon. Mix in vanilla.
4. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture in two parts, beating until just combined
5. Divide batter between two pans. Smooth tops with knife or spatula. Bake until golden and a cake tester comes out with a few crumbs attached, 70 to 85 minutes.
6. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes then turn out to cool completely.

Today’s Cake – Pumpkin, Sage and Brown Butter Cake

001 (2)

We’ve been so busy the last few weekends, its been nice to stay home and potter in the kitchen. This recipe is from Martha Stewart’s upcoming “Cakes” book, which is going to be released in a week or so. They had three of the recipes available for download on Amazon, and this one piqued my interest. I used Jap Pumpkin. The result surprised me, it’s a really great cake! Looking forward to seeing what’s in the rest of her book when it arrives on my doorstep.

Ingredients
175g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing cake tin
1 2/3 cups plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1/4 cup fresh sage, cut into thin strips
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs

Making it
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Butter a loaf pan and dust with dust with flour, tapping out excess.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add sage strips; cook until butter turns golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl; let cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. In a another bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, and sage-
butter mixture. Add flour mixture; whisk until incorporated.
3. Pour mixture into pan and bake for about 40 minutes. Once removed from oven, leave in tin for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

005