Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Southwest Georgia Pound Cake


I'm back from a great weekend at the beach! I think I could live at the beach year round and never get tired of it. Since I moved to Virginia back in the late 1980's I have never stopped missing living near the water. Even though the closest beach here is about 2 hours away, it's still too far. I grew up living no more than 30 minutes away from Jones Beach and my summers were spent there almost daily when I was growing up. So whenever I am near the ocean I feel like I am "home" again!

This is a great pound cake from who else but Paula Deen! I love trying different pound cake recipes and this one is a winner. It's one that starts out in a cold oven. I've made similar ones before. Of course Paula's are always a bit more rich. This uses heavy cream instead of milk, but then would you expect anything less from Paula? This is just another Paula recipe that does not disappoint!!!!

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3 cups sugar

6 large eggs

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or you can use lemon or almond flavoring instead)

Generously grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan. Do not preheat oven.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Alternately add the flour mixture and heavy cream to butter sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Stir in flavoring.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Put into a cold oven and set the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes without opening the oven door. Bake for an additional 15 minutes if necessary. Remove from the oven and cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto cake plate. For a real treat, serve yourself a slice while it's still warm.

24 comments:

MaryMoh said...

Fabulous pound cake...looks very moist and delicious. Would love to try. Thanks for sharing.

Lara said...

Yum, I love a good rich pound cake with fruit on the side. This looks divine!

PS We just went to the beach a couple of weeks ago when it was over 80 degrees here in DC and the beach was 45. Even though my poor kids were frigid, they still had a great time!

April said...

I agree, I could live at the beach and never get tired of it. The closest one to me is 7 hours away.

This pound cake looks divine!!!!

Lynda said...

I love a good, rich pound cake. I'm sure Paula's is the best! I'd love to have a huge chunck of yours now with my coffee. Looks delicious!

Jenn said...

Pound cake was one of my favorites growing up..something about that buttery flavor that. My mom would let me cut up strawberries and put those and whip cream on it.. I was in heaven!!

Joanne said...

I love the beach! Yay for getting to go. I can't wait till the weather gets warm enough here for me to hit up Jones beach :P

If paula deen knows anything, it's her pound cakes. This looks delicious.

Amanda said...

I adore pound cakes, this looks fabulous!

Sophie said...

That pound cake looks fabulous, Debbie! rich & apart!


Yummm,...!!

Many greets from sunny Brussels!

Joyce said...

I keep hearing about this recipe and since you tried it I must remember to try it too. Hubby grew up in Bellmore and we were always at Jones Beach after we married. Then we moved and hit the Jersey shore and now we are always on Hilton Head SC. I think I was a mermaid in a previous life:)
Joyce

Jenn said...

I used to eat pound cake so much when I was younger. It was always the Sara Lee kind. I seriously need to try and make this for myself.

Julie said...

Sounds delish! Never heard of starting in a cold oven, interesting :)

noble pig said...

That looks incredible!! I love a good pound cake!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a lovely pound cake! The texture looks so dense and very rich! I would love to live near the ocean too. I dream of it.

Manggy said...

Glad you're back! The texture sure does look lovely. I just can't use cold oven recipes as mine preheats in a matter of minutes, because it's fan-forced.

Emily said...

Aw, I'm glad you had a good time! I love the beach as well. You should move back to the beach!

MMm pound cake.

teresa said...

gosh, i hear you about the beach. i don't think i could ever get sick of it either!

this looks wonderful, i love pound cake!

Leslie said...

Paula Rocks!!! This looks delish. I am glad you had a great trip!

Kerstin said...

I trust that Paula Deen would have the very best pound cake recipe - looks amazing :)

Katy ~ said...

Yummm,... beautiful pound cake and I can imagine that it is as good as it looks. Another "Debbie recipe" to add to my stash. Will look forward to try this with some wonderful berries as they come into season. Thanks, Debbie!

Monica H said...

Any recipe calling for 2 sticks of butter, 3 cups of sugar and a cup of cream can't be that bad!

Your pound cake looks perfect Debbie!

Kathleen said...

Yum Yum. I love pound cake!

Bridgett said...

I would love to spend the weekend at the beach...you lucky girl! I never tire of the beach either, but I would not mind coming home to a delicious pound cake like this.

Cate O'Malley said...

Looks like a great way to start the morning, or a perfect thing to bring to book club - yum!

Diana's Cocina said...

What a delicious looking pound cake. Glad you had a great trip.