Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chocolate Walnut Pound Cake . . . and . . . Guess What? Yep - MORE Snow

Some of you wrote and asked for the recipe for this, so here 'tis - - -

Chocolate Walnut Pound Cake -

sifted cocoa for preparing the baking pan
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs,room temperature
1 2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup vanilla yogurt, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 3-oz. bars bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 325.
Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Dust with sifted cocoa (instead of flour).
Cream the butter with an electric mixer.
Add the sugar gradually and continue to beat for 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt.
Alternately add the dry ingredients and the vanilla yogurt to the batter, ending with the flour. Mix in the vanilla extract, nuts and chopped chocolate.
Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake at 325 for approximately 1 hour and 10-15 minutes, being EXTRA careful not to overcook (mine only took an hour).
Let the finished cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then turn cake onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

This recipe is from The Pound Cake Cookbook by Bibb Jordan.

i love this little book.
Notes: I didn't use the loaf pan called for in this recipe, obviously. The dough was much thinner in the heart shaped pan than it would have been in a loaf pan, so took much less time to bake. Much less. The first time I baked it, I left it too long and the cake was dry. The next time, I think I only let it bake for about 45 minutes or so. Check it early and often! The other thing I did a little differently was to toss in few extra walnuts along with a few more bittersweet chocolate chunks than called for. yum.

Have you noticed I haven't mentioned snow in a couple of days??

I was boring myself silly with all the "weather chat !" Pfftt. God save me, please, from becoming one of those people who can't find anything better to talk about than the weather, or my doctor's appointments!

But - I can't seem to help myself! What can I say - other than, "yes, yes, yes, it is still snowing."

We had snow most of the weekend. And then last night it snowed some more. We woke up to an additional 6 inches of snow this morning. We're supposed to get a foot by Thursday morning. I'm betting we beat that little prediction. So far, Boone has gotten 61.9 inches of snow this year - that would not include the snow we got in December.

You've seen pictures of our pond, but you've never seen one quite like this -

Where'd it go?! It's under all that snow. Know what this reminds me of? Remember the story in Fannie Flagg's FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE about the lake that was taken away by the birds? I LOVED that story. Loved the book, and even loved the movie. No little birdies have swooped upon our pond and taken it away, but Mother Nature sure is dumping some serious snow on it, huh?

My friend and neighbor Jill has some gorgeous and fun snow pictures of all her animals. Jill lives up the road. Jill loves all this snow. Take a look and enjoy - http://jillsmithdesign.blogspot.com/


Vicki Lane said...

All this snow is getting right tedious -- and we haven't had anything like you all.

Supposedly the weekend will be better -- at least in our area.

Stay warm!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

That pound cake looks and sounds delicious (2 sticks of butter?? my arteries are clogging already):

Patricia Stoltey said...

That snow really is lovely -- and so is the cake. Yum!

Jill said...

He he he......Isn't that snow just beautiful!!! More please. I am only taunting you Kaye because I know that you can not walk through the drifts to get here and strangle me. Just think about how green the grass will be in the spring and you will be okay.

Grapeshot/Odette said...

I made your cake and it was totally awesome. I liked that it wasn't too sweet. Took all the hour and fifteen minutes. I mentioned it on my blog it was so delicous.


Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Judy! I'm so glad to hear this - thank you! We're getting ready for another big snow and this cake and being snowed in just seem to go together. Better check my supplies and make sure I have everything I need!!!