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Old Fashioned Pound Cake

Servings: Makes 1 or 2 loaves, or 1 (10-inch) bundt cake
"This is a recipe I found in a very old cookbook that my husband bought for me at an antique store on our wedding anniversary a couple of years back. I thought the Pound Cake recipe sounded very interesting, since it calls for 1 pound of everything in the ingredients (except for the grated lemon rind, of course). The name "pound cake" obviously came from using "one pound" of each ingredient".........Diana

1 pound butter
1 pound sugar
1 pound flour
1 pound eggs (9 large size eggs)
(yolks and whites separated, egg yolks lightly beaten, and whites stiffly beaten)
Grated rind of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C). Lightly grease and flour baking pan* (See notes below about pan sizes), shaking off excess flour from pan.

Cream butter and add sugar, beating until foamy. Add egg-yolks (beaten lightly); then the grated lemon rind.

Beat mixture for 15 minutes. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg-whites, then add the flour.

Bake as a loaf in a slow oven at 325 degrees F (160 C) for 1-1/4 hours (75 minutes).

This is a large, rich cake which will keep fresh for a long time if wrapped in wax paper and kept closely covered.

*Notes from Diana's Desserts
Since this pound cake recipe makes quite a large cake, use 1 large loaf pan, at least 10 x 5 x 3-inch, or 2 smaller loaf pans that are at least 8 x 4 x 2-1/2-inch or 9 x 5 x 2-1/2-inches high.

There are also very large 13-cup loaf pans that measure 13.75 long x 3.75 high x 4.5 inches wide that would work well to bake this pound cake in. You may also use a 10 to 12 cup or 10 inch bundt or tube pan. If desired, you may make this pound cake in a 9 x 13 x 2-inch rectangular baking pan. If using a rectangular pan, grease bottom of pan, and line with parchment paper, and grease parchment paper also. This will make the cake much easier to remove when done.

You can find a large variety of loaf pans at Cooking.com. They carry several brands, sizes and styles. Click on their banner on this website to bring you to their bakeware section.

Makes 1 or 2 loaf cakes, or 1 (10-inch) bundt or tube cake, or 1 (9 x 13-inch) rectangular cake.

Source: Recipe adapted from Prudence Penny Cookbook, 1939.

Date: May 23, 2002