Monday, June 28, 2010

Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake

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You never know when a good recipe idea will hit you. I get excited when there are cooking magazines available to browse in waiting rooms. While I was at my doctor's appointment recently, I picked up a recent issue of Everday Foods magazine and came across a recipe for Blackberry Swirl Pound Cake. Since I had an abundance of strawberries to use up, I made this Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake instead...


When it comes to pound cake, I like enjoying it with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream. It's simple, sweet and so easy to make in a flash! But when I saw the recipe for Blackberry Swirl Pound Cake in the magazine, I knew I could easily substitute the blackberries for strawberries. It came out wonderfully and it's just as good as enjoying plain pound cake with fresh berries... if not better! The crumb of this pound cake is soft and tender while the swirl of sweet strawberries adds just enough sweetness without overdoing it. If I make this again, I would probably add more strawberry sauce and swirl it more so it's more visible throughout. Since I love strawberries so much, I drizzled some extra strawberry sauce used in the batter over the slices before serving... yum!

Strawberry Swirl Pound Cake
recipe adapted from Everyday Foods/Martha Stewart

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
6 ounces strawberries (1-1/3 cups)
1-1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs. lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 5-by-9 inch loaf pan and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; butter parchment. In a food processor, puree strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter and 1-1/14 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Transfer half the batter to pan and dot with 1/2 cup strawberry puree. Repeat with remaining batter and puree. With a skewer or thin-bladed knife, swirl batter and puree together. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1-1/4 hours. Let cool in pan on a wire rack, 30 minutes. Lift cake out of pan and place on a serving plate; let cool completely before slicing. (Store cooled cake, wrapped tightly in plastic, at room temperature, up to 3 days.) Cake can be topped with a drizzle of more strawberry puree and/or a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream.

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