Thursday, January 12, 2012


I decided to bake something other than cookies today.
Ina Garten was calling to me so I grabbed her Back to Basics cookbook.
Out popped her Honey Vanilla Pound Cake.
While it's not the best pound cake I've ever baked, it fit the bill for today.
It's heavy, dense and has a great sweetness.
I enjoyed it with a cup of tea, while dreaming of snow.
Enjoy the recipe.

1/2 lb room temp. unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 extra large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 cups sifted cake flour
 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a loaf pan.  Line the bottom with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan.

Cream the butter and sugar for 3 to 4 mins.  Meanwhile, put the eggs, honey, vanilla, and lemon zest in a glass measuring cup but do not combine. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the egg mixture, one egg at a time, scraping down the bowl and allowing each egg to become incorporated before adding the next egg.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. With the mixer on low speed, add it slowly to the batter until just combined.   
Pour into the pan, smooth the top.
Bake for 50 -60 minutes.


free range chick said...

I love Ina- use her cornbread stuffing every Thanksgiving.
....mmmm, that cake is sure to bring snow Jane.

Boo's Mom said...


MadMad said...

Snow? Whazzat. We STILL don't have any. Just rain. Oh well.

Kathy said...

Great picture! What cookbooks do you like for cookies? I don't usually make them, but make a lot over the holiday season and realized how quick and easy it is.

capello said...

i am totally making this cake weekend!

Pomegranategrl said...

YUM!!! Thank you Jane. Have a great weekend!

RW said...

your dream
my reality.
we received 5 inches which is alot for us west coast canadians.

happy weekend to you.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Cake and tea with a dream of snow. I like it.

Rachel said...

Yum. I don't have any of her cookbooks but hear they are pretty good. Whenever I get somewhere with cable (hotels), I tend to aim for Food Network first...hoping to catch her!