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Pound Cake Perfection using Baker’s Formula

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Pound Cake Perfection using Baker's Formula
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz (1 ¾ cups, 225 g) cake flour (100%) See Note #1
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 oz (1¼ cups, 285 g) granulated sugar (125%)
  • 9 oz unsalted butter (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons, 255 g) room temp (112%)
  • 4 large eggs plus 3 yolks, room temperature (about 9 oz, 255 g) (112%)
  • 2 oz whole milk (1/4 cup, 60 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to at 350°F.
  2. Combine the eggs, vanilla and half the milk in a small bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the sugar to the flour and mix at low speed for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the butter to the flour and mix until combined. Add the other ½ of the milk and increase the speed to medium high. Mix for a full 2-3 minutes. The batter will lighten in color and texture.
  6. Scrape the bowl and paddle thoroughly.
  7. On low speed, add the egg mixture in 3 increments, scraping the bowl after each addition.
  8. Pour the batter into a buttered and floured 9”x5” loaf pan or 12 cup Bundt pan .
  9. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 55 minutes).
  10. Notes
  11. #1 The percentages listed for each ingredient represent the baker's formula percentage. Flour is set at 100% and the percentages listed for the other ingredients are in relation to the weight of the flour.

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