Golden Pound Cakes with Berries

Here’s a favorite — and simple — way to serve fresh Oklahoma berries. It’s ridiculously easy, but a hit every time.



Golden Pound Cakes with Berries

Berry season is short, but oh, so sweet.

Chefs will be rewriting menus as fast as the local berries come in. Blackberry cobblers, blueberry tarts, raspberry sorbet. And at home, we’re doing the same. Most of our berries never see the inside of a freezer. They’re being folded into batters and poured into pie crusts too quickly.

Here’s a favorite — and simple — way to serve fresh Oklahoma berries. It’s ridiculously easy, but a hit every time.

Golden Pound Cakes with Berries

Makes 2 loaves

 

2     cups flour

1     pound confectioner’s sugar

Pinch of salt

1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened

6     eggs, room temperature

1     teaspoon almond extract

1     teaspoon vanilla extract

Fresh berries

Whipped cream

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, confectioner’s sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse cornmeal.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and almond and vanilla extracts. Add to the flour mixture, and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Pour batter into loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cover with foil during the last 10 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
  5. Cool in the pans for a few minutes. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Slice and top with berries and whipped cream.

 

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