Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Wholesome Wednesday: Coconut Pound Cake Recipe
I've always loved pound cake. Growing up, we frequently had Sara Lee frozen pound cake. Actually we always had a lot of Sara Lee things because both my parents grew up in Chicago and were used to having it. Typically we had it with strawberries and Cool Whip both of which were also frozen. So it was a dessert that you could always have on hand.
I also love all things coconut. I actually wish that Baker's Coconut would make bigger bags. :( I go through them pretty quickly. Coconut is good for you too. Although I'm not sure its as good for you when you have it in oatmeal with caramel and chocolate. But it tastes soo good and you're eating oatmeal! LOL
Anyway, why not combine the two in a super yummy pound cake? That's exactly what this recipe has done. A cobbled together pound cake recipe with some added coconut. A major yum! I also see having grilled slices topped with fruit and whipped cream. Below, you'll see it paired with diced fresh peaches and peach whipped cream. YUM!
Coconut Pound Cake
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Cream butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time mixing till incorporated. Add vanilla, mix. Mix flour and baking powder in separate bowl. Alternate adding flour and milk, starting and ending with flour. Mix well. Add coconut, mix.
Bake in a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 20-25 minutes more. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool completely before serving. (I used a 8 x 4 inch glass baking pan, because none of my other pans are exactly 9 x 5 inches.)
*Edit* Even seasoned bakers sometimes have flubs. My pound cake looked gorgeous out of the oven, but after cooling it would not come out of the pan. :( So it ended up like this.
It looks awful, but tastes amazing. :)
Susie Savors: This pound cake is a slight remix on the traditional recipe. The minor changes meant that it is still rich and thick, yet there is a freshness added with the added coconut. The new flavor adds a twist that is not too strong of a change an old favorite. Besides, as I've mentioned before coconut is a great addition to any meal. The nutritional benefits stand even in a dessert; there's a reason a third of the world relies upon this wonder nut. It may just make you feel better inside and out!