This is a delicious cake, so good in fact that my Honey wanted me to share this with all of you for Try A New Recipe day. And in some ways it is a new recipe, because this cake, while delicious and moist only has 1/4 cup of butter in the whole cake. That has to be new.
I also think it has to do with the separation of the eggs. However, you do use all of the eggs, first beating in the yolks and then the egg whites. That has to be new.
Let's make cake, shall we?
Brown Sugar Loaf Cake
adapted from: cakes from scratch in half the time
by: Linda West Eckhardt
400 degree oven - a cooks wisdom: 375 degrees at most!
2 large eggs - room temperature or see warming tip below
1/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup flour - divided
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves (original recipe called for 1/2 t, but cloves and I don't get along!)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Before we begin: I do not own or use aluminum pans, it is a personal choice. This cake will be baked in my steel loaf pan. There is a theory and practice for shiny pans and it is thought to affect the end product for crust and appearance, and while this may be true, my guess is, this cake will not suffer for being baked in a pan different than prescribed by the author.
Prepare to bake: Arrange the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 400 degrees. Spritz a 9X5 inch shiny aluminum loaf pan and the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the top of the pan with pan spray. Place the unbroken eggs into a bowl of (comfortable) hot water.
Make the batter: Cream the butter until light, then add the brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Separate the eggs. Add 2 of the yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add the egg whites and beat well. Toss 1/4 cup of the flour with the nuts. Mix the remaining 1 cup flour with the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Add to the butter mixture in thirds, alternately with the milk and vanilla. Fold in the nuts.
Bake the cake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan, lay the foil, shiny side down, loosely over the top, and bake for 25 minutes.
Quickly remove the foil and continue baking until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 more minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto the rack to cool completely.
When cool, place on a serving platter, add a knife and let everyone serve themselves. Store any leftovers in plastic wrap to keep it moist.
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