Maple Walnut Pound Cake

3.09.2012

There are two kinds of people. Those who make lists and those who don´t. I belong in the last group. I can make a list. Or many lists. It´s the follow-through I´m incapable of. And the fact that I never know where I put the list. So, when it comes to recipes, I put little marks in books and magazines. Then spend three days going through every magazine I own, looking for an unmarked recipe I made years ago that I just have to take another look at because, suddenly, I feel it will be perfect to bake right now. So much for the hours spent putting colored bits of paper everywhere.
I did find the recipe and it is a good one. Maple syrup is hardly known here. It sometimes makes an appearance in high-end supermarkets or specialty stores, but there´s no certain availability. So, when I get my hands on a few bottles of the stuff I don´t use them thoughtlessly. It´s one of those flavors that´s next to impossible to duplicate easily. Substituting it is fine in terms of texture, but that deep, smoky, not too sweet, characteristic flavor would be missing. And I don´t want a walnut Bundt. I want a maple-walnut Bundt.



MAPLE WALNUT POUND CAKE WITH MAPLE GLAZE
from Bon Appétit, November 1995

Note: I thickened the glaze with at least 2/3 cups more of powdered sugar. But when it set it has too hard, so I added a few Tbs milk and messed it up. Next time I will stick to the original recipe. The flavor was great.
For cake:
1 ¾  cups (115g) coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
2 ¼  cups (175g) cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups (280g) unsalted butter, room tº
1 ¼ cups (250g) sugar
5 large eggs
½ cup pure maple syrup
¾ teaspoon maple flavoring (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For glaze:
¼ cup (65g) unsalted butter
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
2 Tbs whipping cream
6 Tbs powdered sugar, sifted
Walnut halves for decoration (optional)

For cake:  Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Butter and flour 12-cup Bundt pan.
Finely ground walnuts in processor. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in maple syrup, maple flavoring (if using) and vanilla extract (batter may look curdled). Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in ground walnuts.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until top is golden and tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer pan to rack; cool cake 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack and cool completely.

For glaze: Melt butter with maple syrup and cream in heavy small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Cool glaze until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Drizzle glaze over pound cake. Arrange walnut halves decoratively if using. Let cake stand 15 minutes until glaze sets.


2 comments:

  1. Wow, Paula - this looks & sounds great! I am a list maker, so your post made me laugh. I usually tear recipes I like out of magazines as soon as I see them then keep them in a file folder. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I think I´m the worst type: a P that thinks should aim to be a J!!! Thanks for the video tip, I had a good laugh.

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