It’s taken me a while to write this post, which is one part annoying WordPress UI changes, one part laziness, and one part my overall “meh” feeling about the results of this recipe. I’ll be making something considerably more exciting over the long holiday weekend, but in the mean time I want to get this one off my plate. “Butterscotch Toasted-Walnut Pound Cake” is a fairly simple recipe (that doesn’t even involve making anything I would recognize as butterscotch) from Carole Bloom’s 2013 cookbook Caramel (Gibbs Smith; p. 50). Now, I would normally understand “butterscotch” to be a caramel made from butter and brown sugar — especially in a cookbook with a title like Caramel — but in this case it’s just a fairly boring creaming-method process, which wasn’t even worth taking more than a few pictures. The result was a bit squat and more than a bit dry; overall tasters were rather underwhelmed. Maybe you can spot the problem with this process.
Even the mise is very simple: we start by toasting 5½ oz (155 g) of walnuts, which will be chopped coarsely once cool. The cake proper consists of 9 ounces (255 g) of cake flour, leavened with a teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ tsp of kosher salt, half a pound (225 g) of unsalted butter, 6 oz (170 g) of dark brown sugar (I used my usual India Tree dark muscovado), four extra-large eggs, 3 tbl of heavy cream, and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. (This cookbook is one of a small number that habitually call for extra-large eggs. If I understand the US egg-grading standard, “extra large” means an average of 24 ounces per dozen, or 57 g per egg, as opposed to regular “large” eggs which are 50 g each or 21 oz per dozen.)
Like any pound cake, this is made by the creaming method. The photo here shows the point in the process after the eggs have been added to the creamed butter and brown sugar, but before the other liquid ingredients, dry ingredients, and toasted walnut pieces.
|Serving size: 1/12 of 9″×5″ loaf cake|
|Servings per recipe: 12|
|Amount per serving|
|Calories 331||Calories from fat 198|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 22g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||50%|
|Trans Fat 0g|||
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||9%|
|Dietary fiber 1g||5%|