Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Well, I've found it. The Holy Grail, true salvation, the meaning of life, whatever you want to call it. And it's in the form of a loaf. Pound cake has to be one of the most nostalgic dishes for me. Grandma V has always made the best I've ever had, and I scarfed down embarrassing amounts prior to going vegan. It didn't even deter me when I learned the origin of the name--it's called POUND CAKE for a reason--there's a POUND of butter in there. Not sure why I never put that together, but denial is a powerful motivator when it comes to food. Because of my past adoration, the recipe for Pound Cake (p448) was one of the first I marked to try. I really made this one with Grandma V in mind. Her approval would validate this recipe in my opinion.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the recipe does not call for Earth Balance at all. Other vegan pound cake recipes I've seen simply sub out the dairy butter with margarine, and they usually taste like it. The only modification I made was to sub half the vanilla that was called for with almond extract, as I ran out of vanilla.
This cake is not too sweet (as pound cake should be), has the right texture, very easy to put together, delicious toasted a bit, would make a nice gift as it's loafy and good for wrapping, and would be even more delicious with strawberries and whipped (vegan) cream. I am delighted that I tried this recipe and will undoubtedly return to it time and again. Oh, and it is WAY grandma-approved.
The Divine Miss V