Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Perfect Apple Cider Pound Cake

A perfect day for a perfect Pound cake. Now let's look at this day, today is the tenth day of that tenth month on a year that has an ending of ten. 101010 now how perfect is that! Oh I know there is a 20 in there just not in my numbers. Some time ago, I guess in the nineties, we decided to write our numbers of years with only the last two digits. That made this day a perfect day and might I add it is Sunday a most perfect day for perfection.

Now being October and fall time I got to thinking apples. Apples are now being harvested and at their peak. A pound Cake sounded great and to top it with a Carmel apple sauce makes for fabulous finish to a meal.

Perfect Ten Apple Cider Pound Cake


1 cup unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup Crisco shortening.
3 cups organic fine sugar
6 large eggs.
2 cup Organic all purpose flour
1 cup White whole Wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Vanilla bean split opened and scraped. Used only the inside of the bean.
1 cup apple cider

Combine butter and shortening, cream together.
Gradually add sugar continue to cream.
Add one egg at a time creaming after each addiction.

Combine and sift together dry ingredients.
Add the prepared vanilla bean to the dry ingredients
Start adding to the cream mixture starting with the dry and alternating with the apple cider. You will end with the dry ingredients. (I start with about 3/4 cup of dry ingredients then add 1/3 cup of cider, and continue until all is incorporated you will end with the dry this way.)

Pour the batter into a well greased 10" tube pan.
Bake at 325F for 1 hour and 50 minutes or until a cake tester or knife inserted in the cake comes out clean.
Remove from oven invert pan into rack and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on Rack.


Nutrition Facts for pound cake only=1/2 inch slice per serving

40 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 167.4
Total Fat 7.9 g
Saturated Fat 4.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 45.7 mg
Sodium 10.4 mg
Potassium 28.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Sugars 15.7 g
Protein 1.9 g


Apple Carmel sauce.


4 apples slices- cut thin long wise
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
About 1 tablespoon Apple Cider
1/2 cup Dark Brown sugar.

Put butter and apples in skillet. Cook down til apples are softened. Add brown sugar and a little cider. Continue cooking til sauce has thickened.

based on a 20 person serving about 2 tablespoon per person.

Nutrition Facts

Apple Carmel sauce

20 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 53.2
Total Fat 1.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 3.1 mg
Sodium 0.2 mg
Potassium 49.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 11.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
Sugars 4.8 g
Protein 0.1 g

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