"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough."
|"Oh holy cow....., this bourbon cake is AWE-some!"|
(sung to the tune of "Oh Holy Night")
|Pass the pound cake|
Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt12 tablespoons butter (one and a half sticks), softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
1/3 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan and set aside.
Sift some cake flour onto a plate. Carefully measure 1and 1/2 cups into a bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, then re-sift that and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese with electric mixer for 7 minutes. SEVEN MINUTES. Scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Gradually add sugar, beating constantly, until light and fluffy.
In a small bowl, whisk the 4 egg yolks with the bourbon and almond extract. With the beaters running, slowly add bourbon mixture to the sugar/butter mixture, pouring a thin stream and beating constantly. When the eggs are all in, scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat 2 more minutes.
In a medium bowl, beat the 4 egg whites until they are glossy and hold stiff peaks.
Sift 1/3 of the flour/salt mixture over the butter/egg mixture. Gently fold in the flour until it is evenly distributed, but not completely mixed in. Add half the beaten egg whites and fold in.
Sift on another 1/3 of flour mixture and fold in, followed by the rest of the beaten egg whites and fold them in. Sift on the last of the flour mixture and the chopped toasted pecans and fold into batter until it is completely mixed. It is important to add the pecans (or any add-ins) now, because the coating of flour prevents them from sinking to the bottom while it bakes.
Pour batter into prepared pan and level the top. Bake until golden brown and a long wooden pick comes out clean, 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine needed the full 60 minutes.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out. When almost cool, brush loaf (or cake) with bourbon, being careful not to soak it, because you don't want it to end up soggy. Wrap loaf in bourbon dampened cheesecloth, then with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, then unwrap and again brush loaf heavil with bourbon, re-wrap loaf with cheesecloth and plastic wrap then wrap with foil and store for 2 weeks (but will keep as many as 4) in a cool, dry place.
Bourbon Pineapple Pecan Cherry Pound Cake (aka Christmas Cake):
During the last step of recipe, when you would add the chopped pecans, also add 3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple and 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries.
Bourbon Coconut Pecan Pound Cake:
During last step of recipe, add 1 cup coconut along with the 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans.