If you have been following my blog for any length of time you will have noticed that not only do I love banana bread but I love pound cake. Love trying different pound cake recipes and I have quite a few on this blog. I came across this one in my old faithful cookbook....."The Doubleday Cookbook." This was published back in 1975 and was the first cookbook I owned and it is still my favorite. These recipes have never let me down. Some may be dated but they are always good. If any of you collect old cookbooks you may want to add this one to your collection. They can be found in old bookstores, antique shops and used ones can also be found on Ebay. The original comes in a set of 2 but back in the early 90's they were condensed into one.
Do not substitute any of these ingredients.
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla or orange extract or 1 Tbs finely grated lemon rind
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom and sides of 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan. Sift flour, salt and nutmeg together and set aside. Cream butter until light, then add sugar slowly, creaming until fluffy. Beat
egg yolks until thick and light, add to butter mixture, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend flour in gradually, then mix in vanilla and beat JUST until smooth. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and fold gently into batter. Spoon into pan and bake 65 - 70 minutes until cake pulls slightly from sides of pan. Cool upright in pan on a wire cake rack 30 minutes. (I cooled mine for 10 minutes only and it turned out fine.) Cool thoroughly before slicing. (I wrapped mine up in plastic wrap, then with foil while still warm and sliced this the following day. It was great that way.)