I've heard about that cake many, many times and finally decided to bake it! I got recipe from a great blog Eat my cake now - and it was a success. The only change I made was that I didn't add Cognac, as I didn't have any handy (and buying a whole bottle just to add 15 ml to the cake wasn't really a good idea ;) ). Oh, my pound cake was round rather than loaf shape - but that didn't change the taste at all :P
How to make it...
- 200 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 200 g all-purpose flour 200 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 whole eggs, separated
- 186 g sugar
- 15 ml Cognac
- 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Butter and flour a baking pan. Sift the flour onto waxed paper and then spoon it gently back into the sifter, adding the baking powder and a good pinch of salt. Sift the mixture twice more, each time spooning it lightly into the sifter.
Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until they hold soft peaks and then gradually beat in 100 grams of the sugar, little at a time. Transfer to a bowl.
Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the remaining 86 grams of sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks until light and lemon-colored and then add the Cognac and the lemon zest. Gradually fold the sifted flour mixture into the butter-egg mixture. Fold in the beaten egg whites just until the batter is smooth.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven in 180 C for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick pierced in the center comes up clean. Cool in pan ten minutes on a rack, then cool the rest of the way out of the pan.
P.S. I wanted to sprinkle it with some icing sugar or make a frosting but my Hubby said NO... it was delicious on it's own anyway! Served with some vanilla ice cream - yummy!