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Sunday, February 13, 2011

True love and mascarpone .

 Here's a little love story for you on this Valentine's day and later we'll talk about my love for mascarpone,but first :
Here's a picture of (my maternal grandfather) George.Ain't he handsome.George met a nice girl at church named Dorothy.
Here's a picture of (my maternal grandmother) Dorothy. Dorothy and George met at 4th Avenue Methodist Church in Louisville,Kentucky.George had moved up there to take a job just over the river in Indiana.His roomate Hatton Bomar (what a name) went to 4th Ave. Methodist Church too. George ad Dorothy became friends and over time fell in love.
What a sweet couple,I mean really she was such a lady and he was such a gentleman.Love. They got married and moved to Memphis,Tn. He was a general contractor and built lots of houses.He built the house my mom and aunts grew up in.Great house,great kids and great family.My family,I love my family.
On to mascarpone,my new love. 
  The IHCC theme for this week was romantic fare and what better than pound cake.Toasted Pound Cake with mascarpone and amaretto , enough said. I saw this recipe and I knew that no store-bought pound cake would be good enough for my love. 
I mean my husband,not the italian cream cheese.
My great-grandmother made this fantastic pound cake.My grandmother made the same amazing pound cake.She also taught my mom and aunts how to make the same delicious pound cake.And lo and behold my Aunt Carol taught me over lunch one day.No I am not kidding,we were sitting at a deli having a ham sandwich when she realized I didn't know the recipe for this superb,legendary pound cake.
Oh gosh stop the presses. 
Well she found a piece of paper in her purse,wrote it down and folks I'm passing it down to you.It's so easy,has a minimal number of ingredients and will win over the hearts of all the folks in your life.And after those people make it,it will win over the hearts of their loved ones too.
I promise.
Toasted Pound Cake with Mascarpone and Amaretto
adapted from Everyday Italian and my grandmother Dorothy
Here's the pound cake recipe first:

**My Grandmother's Pound Cake-
Ingredients:
2 sticks of unsalted butter,room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp almond extract
1tsp vanilla extract
 parchment paper
tube pan
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy about 2 minutes.

2. While the butter and sugar are creaming together,butter just the inside,bottom circle of the tube pan.And then cut a pice of parchment paper just to fit the same inside,bottom circle. The butter will hold the paper to the pan and the parchment paper will prevent the bottom of the cake from burning.
3. Add in the eggs one at a time,mixed just until blended in. The add in the vanilla extract and almond extract. Then add the all-purpose flour just until blended together. DO NOT OVER MIX.

4. Gently scoop/pour the batter into the prepared tube pan. Smooth out the top just until level,doesn't have to be perfect. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the outside edge of the cake,let cool completely on a wire rack.**(my oven runs hot so I bake mine 25 minutes then check it and turn the pan halfway,then bake 25 minutes more.)**
      Now the cake might look done but check with a toothpick inserted in the middle circle of the cake.If it comes out clean it's done. The outside will get golden/crusty and the inside will be soft and tasty.Yum.
 Ok so back to IHCC and the romantic fare theme:
The mascarpone softened real nice on the warm,toasty piece of pound cake.I mean it's klassy cream cheese that mascarpone. Oooh.

Toasted Pound Cake with Mascarpone and Amaretto
adapted from Everyday Italian ,by Giada de Laurentiis 
Ingredients:
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup apricot preserves
3 TBL amaretto liqueur (I didn't use this because the cake already had the almond extract in it.)
1 (10.75 ounce) pound cake,cut crosswise into 12 slices
2/3 cup mascarpone cheese
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the sliced almonds on a large,rimmed heavy baking sheet, and toast in the oven,stirring occasionally until the nuts are fragrant and light golden brown,about 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
2.In a small bowl stir the apricot preserves and the amaretto to blend. Working in batches toast the pound cake slices in the toaster until golden brown.
3. Place 1 cake slice atop each of six plates, and spoon the mascarpone cheese atop the cake slices. Arrange the remaining cakes slices offset atop the bottom cake slices. Spoon the apricot mixture over the mascarpone cheese. Sprinkle with almonds and serve immediately.Enjoy!





4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful couple! The cake looks delicious--especially with that very special pound cake. Wonderful pick & post. ;-)

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  2. Your grandparents made for a very good looking couple! So fitting that you should share this story, as well as the family pound cake recipe. Toasted pound cake with mascarpone sounds beyond delicious. This recipe appeals to me on so many levels. Great pick!

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  3. love this post sister! granddaddy was so handsome and wonderful :) happy valentine's day guh!

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  4. Wow, what a great story! Such a perfect post for romance week!
    Love that you incorporated some family history into your dish. Delicious!

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