In for a pound, in for sixteen ounces

I’m making one of these – above.

It’s positively sinful. Rather it smells positively heavenly, but its effects on the body may be more sinful than heavenly. But we needed a “dessert” type food baked here and this looked good.

Sinfully good, that is.

Here’s where I got the recipe for this

BROWN BUTTER POUND CAKE.

I really wish they would stop calling these things “pound cakes.” I mean, you can just picture the pounds piling up on your skeleton willy-nilly, can’t you? Hips, tummy, upper arms, and chins… oh no!

I have come to the conclusion that I am never again going to be a thin person. I started out this life as a skinny-ma-links, as my mother used to call me, but once I was out in the world and on my own for a few years, that all changed.

Oh, I did put in an effort to keep weight off in the beginning of adulthood. First husband and I used to go regularly to the local high school track and run laps. I was up to about 3 miles at a go back then, and stayed fairly slim – at least compared to my present body. I felt like I was so fat back then…. in my 20s. Oh Boy! I’d love to be THAT FAT now! I think back then I was a size 10, but I think they’ve changed the sizes now-a-days so that a size 10 back in the ’70s is now a size 2 or 4. I think the clothing manufacturers/designers did that to make women THINK they were smaller than they really were. It’s a nice trick, and I think it has worked. I can remember Oprah, after she went on that diet and lost all that weight, said she was into a size 8 jeans – I found that very hard to believe back then.

As time went on, I increased. Then around 1984/85, I lost 40 pounds and was back to my fighting weight – just in time for my second wedding day! Since then, it’s been a stuggle. I was up to running 7 miles a day then, and I did keep it up, albeit a bit less each year. Then I changed over to walking my 3 mile route and that was OK, but my body was hurting a lot more each year, and I believe all that pounding on the pavement has ruined my hips and knees forever now.

And that brings us to now. Baking pound cakes. Maybe they should rename the “pound cake” – call it the 16 ounce cake. I like that a lot better… yeah.

The Brown Butter Sixteen Ounce Cake is in the oven as I write, baking. It bakes at only 325 F for 1.25 hours, and all the while it is making my house smell heavenly.

All 16 ounces of it.

If you don’t want to click over to the site, here’s the recipe:

BROWN BUTTER POUND CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

2-1/4 sticks unsalted butter

2 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 325 F with rack in middle. Butter and lightly flour an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.

Heat butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until milk solids on bottom are a dark chocolate brown. Transfer to a shallow bowl and chill in freezer until just congealed, about 15 minutes.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Beat together brown butter and sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just incorporated.

Transfer batter to pan, smoothing top, then rap pan on counter to settle batter.

Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 1 to 1-1/4 hours.

Cool in pan 30 minutes, then invert cake onto a rack and cool completely, right side up, 1 hour

I had meant to bake cookies today. I am making Paul a bread in the bread machine, but even that will be experimental today because the other day, whilst doing the food shopping, he accidentally got 3 bags of the Bob’s Red Mill POTATO BREAD MIXES rather than the 10-GRAIN that he normally gets. So I figured I’d try spiffing up the potato bread with some oats, some golden flax seeds and some sunflower seeds – which, by-the-bye, is what I usually add to his 10 grain bread mixes – and see if the potato bread comes out OK. It isn’t 10 grain but heck, it’s worth a try. He’ll like it and will eat it because that’s just the kind of guy he is… thankfully.

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Even though I’m not Catholic, or really ANY organized religion, I kind of like this new Pope Francis I. I wonder if they call him Frankie at the Vatican? Every time I see him on TV, I get a good feeling about him, his soul shines through in his face. I didn’t get that feeling about other Popes, but this Pope, with his wish that he turn the church into a “poor church” and aim its works more at “the poor of the world” just does something good for me. Go Frankie!

Cheers,

Bex-the-Baker

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8 Responses to In for a pound, in for sixteen ounces

  1. mz. em says:

    I am with you on this new Pope. I hope he does make some changes in the church and the world.

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  2. Nina Camic says:

    Given that the guys who elected Francis are as conservative as they come, I had no hope. But, sometimes people turn out to be different than what was expected of them.I’m not religious, but my daughter is Catholic and so I hope for her sake and for all the gabillions others that he does bring in some reality check to the Vatican. (I was not at all surprised that much of the concentrated wealth in Cyprus, for example, is in the church… so much power, so much money, so little accountability!)

    As for the cake — yum! I find that people gain weight not from good things they bake but the junk food we snack on. Besides the new CW is that being overweight isn’t necessarily unhealthy: older thin people are much more vulnerable if/when they get sick!

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  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    Yup, as l’empress said, pound cakes were named for using pounds of ingredients. Can’t wait to hear how yours turns out, Bex!

    I hope Francis can make some changes in the Catholic Church. I think it’s going to take a lot to turn it around, though. It’s a ‘country’ of power that spans the globe, after all.

    The one good thing I’ve heard about Francis is that he has spoken about the possibility of allowing priests to marry, as the orthdox churches do. Yes, he’s said that his preference is for a celibate church, but he’s also said there was room for change.

    If nothing else, the Catholic Church does need large amounts of positive changes.

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  4. l'empress says:

    Pound cakes really were, when they were invented. We just don’t make them as large any more. A pound of flour (4 cups) to a pound of sugar (2 cups). A pound of eggs is a dozen medium, I think; large eggs are 2 ounces. Your proportions are the same.

    When I was first married, I often used medicine cups (four ounces) instead of eight-ounce measuring cups. Proportions don’t change.

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  5. Bex says:

    Yeah, Rhu, not sure a 76-year-old white guy, no matter how great he seems, is going to be the one to get the ball rolling on women in the church, but geeze-louize- one of them has to be “modern” one of these days… I think the Church would have benefitted greatly over the last 50 years if they had been co-ed all along… let women be priests! With that kind of balance in the heirarchy, I really think that the scandalous news about this church would not have been quite so bad. It’s all about BALANCE! Yin and Yang. Men and Women. Get with the program!

    Anna – xxx to you too.

    Sandy – cake is out and looks fab. I’ll send good thoughts to you when we are having dessert tongiht… 😉

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  6. Rhubarb says:

    Oh, Bex, I’m laughing a fit right now. “Go Frankie?” Hahahahahaha…but I know what you mean. He does have a sincerity that shines through. Let’s hope that he can make some serious shifts in the Church’s work for the poor, especially in countries where “poor” means destitute.

    We can also hope for a change in the Church’s attitude towards women, but I fear that ain’t gonna happen in our lifetimes.

    Can’t have the pound cake in the house. Too much temptation. I’m salivating just looking at the picture and the recipe!

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  7. sandy freel says:

    OH YUM…My sweet tooth is having a fit right now..a must do.
    I too feel the same about the new Pope…very very kind he is and I hope he is able to do all he wants for the poor

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