Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Quatre Quarts: French Style Pound Cake
Quatre Quarts must be one of the simplest cakes to make. So easy! The idea of the cake is to have equal parts flour, eggs, butter, and sugar. This makes a very buttery and sweet cake, yum! OR you can doctor it and put less sugar (like my mom) or less butter (if you don't like rich food) or both (if you are on a diet). Then again, if you are on a diet, don't make this cake (unless it's a diet for people who need to gain weight). Anyways, the recipe is simple. Take three eggs* out of the refrigerator and weigh them. Put the same weight of the other three ingredients. If you like math:
3 eggs= x grams**
you need x grams of flour, x grams of sugar (or less), x grams of butter (or a little bit less), and a tsp. of baking powder<-- DO NOT FORGET BAKING POWDER!!!!.
Melt the butter and mix all the above together in a big bowl.
Now you have some freedom, you can add pretty much any tasty flavoring you like. Some extras that I enjoy include chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pear chunks. Pre-heat your oven to 350F and wait around, or if you are smart, your oven is already preheated! Pour batter into a greased pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. Enjoy!
*3 eggs will give enough batter for an 8x8 or 9x9 cake
**I use grams, but any other unit will work (as long as it measures mass, this does not include: inches, liters, meters, gallons...)