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Cooking Through The Decades: Cook Like It’s 1905

Posted by jenskitchen on July 1, 2012

America’s Test Kitchen has a fun weekly project going on right now. Each week they plan to feature a recipe from the past for us to make. By sending in a picture, you have the opportunity to win a book and apron. I’m in…

The first recipe is from 1905 and it’s called Cold Oven Pound Cake. The recipe appeared in Cook’s Country February/March 2008.

My first step was to convert their recipe to Gluten-Free. It was easy enough as the main ingredient to worry about was flour. Thanks to Better Batter, that doesn’t even phase me anymore. I use 120 grams of the Better Batter flour for every cup called for in a regular recipe (unless of course the recipe writers are nice enough to give a weight measure in the first place). So far so good.

Here’s an overview of what I did (including my substitutions):

The recipe calls for a 16-Cup Tube Pan. Since it was 10:00 on a Sunday night and I didn’t already own a Tube-Pan, I decided to use my Bundt Pan. If I like the recipe enough maybe I’ll go buy a Tube Pan… but then again, if I like the recipe enough, maybe I’ll just keep making it the way I did this time. It’s too soon to tell. The pan is in the oven right now.

Whisk together the 340 grams of Better Batter flour (or flour of your choice), 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp salt. Set aside.

Measure 1 Cup Whole Milk in a Liquid Measure Cup and add 2 tsp vanilla (make sure gluten-free!) Set aside.

In my stand mixer, I combined 20 T of softened unsalted butter with 2 1/2 Cups of sugar and turned the mixer to medium until I had a nice fluffy mixture. Then I added 6 eggs, one at a time, letting them work their way into the mixture before adding the next one. Sadly… on the fourth egg, I accidentally dropped part of the egg shell. Don’t worry… I think I got most of the eggshell out of the batter. And, well… you don’t have to eat it, do you? Yes. I could have started over with 20 more Tablespoons of softened butter and another 2 1/2 Cups of Sugar, but I didn’t. It was already late, and I didn’t want to wait for the butter to soften again.

After digging out the partial egg shell, I reduced the mixer speed to low and added the flour in 3 additions, alternating with the milk mixture (beginning and ending with the flour).

Then I prepared my Bundt Pan by greasing with shortening and giving a light dusting of about a Tablespoon of Better Batter. I poured the mixture into the prepared pan and placed it in the oven.

This is the neat trick about this recipe. You don’t pre-heat the oven. You put the cake in the oven and THEN turn the oven to 325 degrees. The directions state to bake until golden brown… about 65 to 80 minutes!

Once I got the cake in the oven, I sat down to write out this post. That way, I would be ready to take a picture, add it, try the cake, and post!

Hang on… I need to go check my cake…

Cold Oven Pound Cake out of the oven

The rest of the directions tell me that I need to let this cake rest in the pan for 15 minutes and then cool for 2 hours. Honestly. I’m going to be asleep in 2 hours. So, I will finish up this post in the morning and let you know how it turned out. At the moment, the cake appears to have a beautiful crust and the toothpick came out clean when inserted… More to come in the morning!

Update: July 2, 2012

Well, it’s morning. I can now tell you about the Cold Oven Pound Cake. This is a very moist, buttery cake. The best part to me is the crisp exterior promised in the recipe.


I’m really looking forward to finding out this week’s Cooking Through The Decades recipe!


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