Its good to be back after some rest and recuperation. Did nothing much for few days and now slowly settling back into the old routine all thanks to school . Anyways once the schools reopened, the first thing I baked was the Baking Partners May challenge Pound cake - that too Elvis Presley's favourite adapated from Gourmet.com thanks to Swathi. I further adapted it by making it eggless and halving it ..
Unsalted Buter: 4 tbsp soft + more for buttering
Sifted Cake Flour: 3/4 cup ( 1 cup cake flour = 14 tbsp all purpose flour + 2 tbsp cornstarch)
Salt: 1/6 tsp
Sugar: 10 tbsp
Egg Replacer Eggs: 2 (1 packed tbsp of Ener G + 5 tbsp of water)
Vanilla: 1 tsp
Cream: 4 tbsp
After making cake flour at home, sift it 5 times and then add salt and sift again.
Beat together butter ad sugar with mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy for about 5 minutes.
Add in the eggs one at a time or Ener G eggs beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Add in half of the cake flour then cream and then the remaining flour, mixin well after each addition at a very low speed.
Beat in at medium high speed for about 5 more minutes scraping the sides of the bowl until the batter becomes creamy and satiny.
Transfer to a buttered and floured pan and tap it twice to eliminate the air bubble.
Place the pan in a cold oven and switch it on to 350F/ 150 C. Bake until golden and a tester comes out with a few crumbs when inserted in the middle for about 1-1 1/4 hours.
Mine took roughly 2 hours. Some vegan dishes take time to reach the correct texture and consistency. In between the top started turning brown, so I covered it with aluminium foil. Continue baking at 150C till the tester in the middle comes out with cooked crumbs.
Cool cake in pan for 30 minutes on a rack. Run a knife around the edges of cake and then invert the rack over pan and invert the cake onto rack and cool completely.
Serve as slices anytime especially with tea.
Dunno whether Elvis had tried or even thought about eggless or vegan goods when he enjoyed the cakes, but yes, he would have definitely given a thumbs up.
The taste was excellent but the texture was a little dry. Despite 2 hours, it still needed extra time I felt. This could be because I sliced it before cooling completely. Anyways it was an experiment which I would be repeating again with more baking time.