Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wheat and chocolate pound cake

Wheat and chocolate pound cake / Bolo com farinha integral e chocolate

Doesn’t this cake look good? It tasted great, too, I can assure you. :) But the funny thing about this recipe is that preparing it made me think of my grandma – and no, she doesn’t like chocolate. It’s just that I was not in the mood for extra washing up and decided to grate the chocolate with a box grater, instead of grabbing the food processor. What a bad decision it was: it took me FOREVER to do it and by the end of it I had no strength left in my poor arm. :S

That’s why I thought of grandma: I grew up with her saying that “being lazy is a sin”... :D

Wheat and chocolate pound cake
from Pure Dessert

3 tablespoons whole milk, room temperature
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (100g/3 ½oz) sifted (before measuring) cake flour*
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (56g) whole wheat flour
¾ cup (150g) caster sugar
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
13 tablespoons (182g) unsalted butter, softened
100g (3 ½oz) dark chocolate

Grate the chocolate on the large holes of a box grater, the large grating disk of food processor, or pulse, using the steel blade, in the processor. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; butter a 20x10cm (8x4in - 4-5 cups capacity) loaf pan, line with baking paper and butter the paper as well.
In a medium bowl, whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla.
Mix together and then sift the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt into the large bowl of an electric mixer – if any bran is left in the sifter pour it back to the bowl. Cut the butter into chunks and add it, then pour in half the egg mixture. Beat on low speed just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed to medium (or high if using a hand held mixer) and beat for 1 minute only. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add half of the remaining egg mixture and beat for 20 seconds. Scrape the bowl. Add the rest of the egg mixture and the chocolate and beat for 20 seconds. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes (to prevent excessive browning, tent the cake with foil after 30 minutes, if necessary). Cool the cake in the pan for about 10 minutes on a rack, then remove and cool completely on the rack.

* homemade cake flour: 1 cup (140g) all purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons corn starch

Serves 8-10


Viv said...

Looks like a perfect loaf!!! - I love your presentation of it. Brown and pink <3 hehe.
Good arm work-out I'd say! Is Pure Dessert a good cookbook? Do you have any book recommendations? :)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Chocolate and wheat, that must make a great loaf. What a great cookbook. Alice Medrich has great recipes. said...

Sounds really yummy! I like the idea of adding some whole wheat flour...Thanks for sharing.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely presentation

Yours Truly said...

yuck wheat cake!! just kidding, actually that looks amazingly good and i've tried weaht cake before, i think adding chocolate will fool anyone thinking its just normal cake. lol @ grandma! we're in the modern era where using our hands is a sin =P

Priya Suresh said...

Healthy pound cake, i dont bother to grab some pieces rite know..

Jennifer said...

Too funny about your grandma and tired arm :) Lovely bread, healthy but boasting with chocolate! yum!

Just Cake Girl said...

Love it!

Patty said...

Ha! Grandmas are funny. Well I guess you're not a sinner then. ;) Love the cake!

WendyinKK said...

I love the way the cake is specked with chocolate, rather than dark all over.

Hannah said...

This sounds like such a wonderful treat- Both decadent but still at least somewhat wholesome. Now I'm dreaming of an afternoon tea with cake later today... :)

I hope you've been well, it's been a while since we've talked!

Bakericious said...

sound much more healthier chocolate cake, I like the look of the cake too!

ChichaJo said...

That's how I feel when I make mayonnaise by hand! That cake sounds like it is worth the effort though :) I really should get to experimenting with different types of flours...

Patricia Scarpin said...

Vivienne, thank you!
I love that cookbook - my favorite cookbooks are here:

Helene, she does have wonderful recipes! :D
Thank you!

Nancy, tks for stopping by!

Torview..., thank you!

Tamanna, thank you for stopping by - I guess we're not very used to using our hands any longer...

Priya, I wish I could share it with you! Tks!

Jen, my granny is a funny lady. :D
Thank you, sweetie!

Just Cake Girl, thank you!

Patty, my granny is a piece of work. :D
Thank you, darling!

Wendy, my thoughts exactly when I unmolded the cake. :D
Thank you!

Hannah, my dear, long time no see indeed! I miss you, sweetie!

Jess, thank you!

Kathryn, tks for sharing that info!

Joey, you are such a brave girl - mayo by hand? Wow! ;D

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Love the wonderful whole grain treats you've been sharing lately. This looks great, again.

Deeba PAB said...

LOL LOL LOL...being lazy is a sin! The cake sure does look good. Love your food styling, and the little ribbon that matches! PRETTY!

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed said...

I love this! It looks delicious, brilliant concept!
Heidi xo

Shabs.. said...

Oh Patricia...ur blog is always a treat for the eyes....I have missed mnay of your posts. I just moved to a new place, so it was packing, moving and unpacking now!!pheewww...I am just checking all of ur missed posts now....wonderful!!

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