The Sunday Recipe: Sour Cream Pound Cake

This is the best pound cake recipe I have ever found. (I copied it down 30 plus years ago so if anyone knows who deserves credit, let me know.) It makes a nice crust that is just delicious. I tried to make it gluten free and refined sugar free, with varying results, none of them fantastic. The first time it was just a bit stodgy, using rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, and maple syrup. The second time I added an extra egg and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder but only had salted butter. The butter separated out and smoked the kitchen to high heaven. If you can stand a little flour occasionally, I highly recommend making this the old-fashioned way. If I ever do come up with a good gluten free recipe, I’ll be sure to share it.

Pound Loaf Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease, then flour, or create a parchment paper sling, for a medium sized loaf pan. (About 8 by 5 inches.)
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and blend well after each addition.
  5. Add sour cream and flavorings.
  6. Sift flour and baking soda in, then mix together.
  7. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.
  8. Cake is done when a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. I like to serve this with some blueberry or cherry pie filling, but it is fantastic on its own.

The Sunday Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Loaf

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I had an incredible yen for something blueberry and lemon last weekend, it is blueberry season after all. I went through multiple recipes online looking for something that would work with my baking requirements and found this one https://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2019/06/blueberry-lemon-ricotta-tea-cake.html from Karen’s Kitchen Stories. I proceeded to deconstruct it and figure out how to make one that would work for me.

I cut the recipe in half to start with. I wanted to be able to make it in a loaf pan instead of my big spring form cake pan. (I also only had a couple cups of blueberries and one lemon.) I figured out how much of my different flours I would use in place of wheat flour, and switched out the sugar for maple syrup. It looked like there was enough eggs and baking powder that I wouldn’t need to add more. I also traded the vanilla for lemon extract.

I got all the dry ingredients put together on Saturday night, set out the butter and maple syrup, then got up early Sunday morning to bake a loaf before the heat set in for the day. It turned out fabulous!

I’m sure it would work fine if you substituted a gluten free flour blend of your choice for the blend of flours I use, but this one is my favorite.

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup (or 42 grams) tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup (or 42 grams) coconut flour
  • ½ cup + 1 ½ Tablespoons almond flour (or 70 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 340 degrees.
  2. Spray or grease a loaf pan.
  3. Take a square of parchment paper. (Picture below.)
    1. Fold back and crease two opposing sides so that it is as long as the loaf pan.
    2. Place it into the loaf pan and crease so that it goes down one long side, across the bottom, and up the other side. It should extend up well beyond the sides of the pan.
    3. Fold the wings down and crease.
    4. You now have a parchment cradle for lifting the bread out after it is baked.
  4. Clean the outside of the lemon and dry then peel just the zest off (the very outer yellow part) and chop up fine.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the blueberries and cornstarch. Set aside.
  6. Cream the butter and maple syrup.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  8. Mix in the ricotta cheese.
  9. Add the lemon extract and lemon zest.
  10. Combine the flours, baking powder, and salt.
  11. Mix the flour combo into the wet ingredients, stirring until combined.
  12. Gently stir in the blueberries.
  13. Pour into the greased and lined loaf pan.
  14. Bake for 80 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.
  15. Cool in the pan for about ten minutes.
  16. Lift the loaf out using the paper cradle and cool on a rack until desired temp for eating. (It’s good warm or cold.)
  17. Enjoy!
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