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Friday, October 17, 2008

Pomegranate Pound Cake

I honestly think that by the end of pomegranate season that me and all of my surroundings will be turned into a deep red color. Even as I type, there is a splatter of pomegranate juice on my glasses. I can't help it though. I love those little seeds and the juice they produce. It is literally difficult for me to start a day without some pomegranate green tea and last weekend while I was taking care of my mom, I also spent a lot of time munching on pom seeds. I don't feel so bad though because there are way worse things I could be addicted to. For example, I am still in an NKOTB hangover from a week ago and can't stop downloading songs and music videos and I am now wanting to wear pegged jeans and hats with the tops cut off. Perhaps the problem is just mental. That was probably a little too much info so now I will just talk about the cake. It's good and it's easy to make. A little tip I learned from the ever helpful folks at The Kitchn...freeze your leftover buttermilk in ice cube trays by the tablespoon full. All I had to do was thaw out the number of tablespoons I needed for this recipe. Find out how to do it here. During one of my kitchen cleaning frenzies, I found these cute mini bundt pans so I divided my cake between two of them and the rest I did in a loaf pan. If you don't have those mini bundt pans, don't fret, just use the 8x4 pan recommended in the recipe. And now for my weekly Adele plug, make sure to tune in to (or set your DVRs to) SNL tomorrow night. The amazingly talented Adele will be performing and I promise, you will be blown away by her beautiful voice. Go here to check out her latest music video.



Pomegranate Pound Cake
(From Cooking Light)

3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 large)
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat sugar and butter at medium-high speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, lime zest, vanilla, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in pomegranate seeds.

Spoon batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

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22 comments:

lisaiscooking said...

This pound cake looks perfectly moist and delicious, and pomegranate is the best!

Miss Marie said...

Oh my gosh! This is amazing! You're now my pom muse! :)

Dee said...

I love pomegranate but have never cooked with it. I don't really know why, but now I have an excuse to.. I'll take your pomegranate addiction over some of mine :(

Diana H. said...

You really do have pomegranite on the brain! I'm that way about dried cranberries -- I put them in everything I can! :) By the by, have you ever had Izze pomegranite sparkling soda? Something tells me you would love it!

Dawn said...

wow, you've been busy here! Hard to keep up with all your creations. Where do you find the time for all this cooking?
Those danishes, oh my.
I love pound cake and this is a mini pound cake right? How cute!

The Blonde Duck said...

That is so cute! I love your cheese danish below too!

Esi said...

Thank you!!

Diana - I gotta get my hands on that Izze soda. I am sure it will become my newest obsession.

Dawn - I get off work early enough to cook during the week, but a lot of it get's done on the weekends too! Yep, did a couple mini cakes and then a loaf too.

Heather said...

resist the nkotb urge!!! i suffer from it too ;) soon you'll be dressed like paula abdul circa the straight up now tell me video :) not good!
this looks delicious! i never thought about adding pomegranate to a cake... mmm :)

jillian said...

I never thought to put pomegranate seeds in baked goods but I will have to try this. I too love all things pomegranate!

Erica said...

This is actually a really cute looking dessert! I bet it would be wonderful with coffee! mm mmm I will def be watching SNL! I can't wait to hear her!

Brilynn said...

I don't know why I've never baked with pomegranates before, those little cakes are adorable!

ttfn300 said...

oooh, there can't be too much pom :) especially when you have to work so hard to get the seeds!! i can't wait to see all your deliciousness this season :) love the mini bundts, mini anything is really cuter!

Fearless Kitchen said...

OMG!!! POMEGRANATE POUND CAKE! I MUST HAVE IT! Excuse me. Sorry. On a slightly less exuberant note... this looks delicious and I can't wait to bake it... tonight...

Foodycat said...

You can freeze buttermilk? That is so good to know!

This cake looks delicious. I love the little jewel-like pomegranate seeds in it!

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

This cake is beautiful!

I love the idea of the pom seeds inside the cake...

Paula said...

Oh, it looks so lovely! I must confess, I've never tried the actual seeds. I've had the juice and its wonderful. I will have to give the seeds a go!

hot garlic said...

You're right, you could do worse! In fact, I'd switch a Pom addiction for any of my addictions, all of which are sweets!!

The cake is lovely, and further, it looks delicious!

Debbie said...

Wow, a pomegranate pound cake! I love pound cakes and would like to try this. Pound cakes are just so good and tasty. One of my favorites!

CECIL said...

Wow!!! Maybe I have been living under a rock - because I have never come across pomegranate pound cake and I loveeee pomegranate! As sauce or even cooking ingredients, but never in baked goods. Never mind poundcake..oh I want a piece!

Prudy said...

So happy for this post and the three previous. A little old man stopped my children this week and gave them a bag of pomegranites. Only in a small town! Now I've got three great ideas of what to do with them.

Esi said...

You guys are so nice. Foodycat, you should take a look at the post on The Kitchn website. It is so easy and now I don't worry about finishing an entire container of buttermilk!

Mel said...

I have a pomegranate sitting in my fruit bowl. Now I have the perfect recipe for it, Thanks!!