09 December 2006

Yay for Husbands who Bake!

Imagine my joy when I came home from work yesterday and saw a sink full of dirty dishes.
I promise you I am not being sarcastic when I say that my prevailing emotion really was joy.

What was the reason for such jubilation?

I will tell you, if you promise not to be jealous.
It was the sight of the unwashed mixing bowl, besmeared with creamy and velvety batter.
Someone has been baking?
Who could it be?
What could it be?

Then I saw it. A beautiful, golden loaf resting upon the counter.

My husband has been making pound cake again!

Who is the luckiest girl?
Me! I am! I am the luckiest girl! My husband made pound cake and I get to eat it!
Even better, I get to sleep in on a Saturday morning, stumble into the sunny kitchen where he is already busy grinding coffee beans, and sigh happily at the sight of the cake, glowing in the sunshine, only half-eaten.

Life is good.

Husband’s Pound Cake
~from Williams-Sonoma

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter,
at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature

Preheat an oven to 325°F. Lightly grease an 8 1⁄2-by-4 1⁄2-inch loaf pan, preferably glass, and dust with flour.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt until blended. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extract on medium to medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until just blended. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the egg mixture and stir until both are just incorporated. Stir in the sour cream, then sprinkle with the remaining flour mixture and stir until evenly distributed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and tap gently on the counter to even out and settle the ingredients. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes, or longer if using a metal pan. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

Run a thin knife around the inside of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack and lift off the pan. Place the cake on one of its sides and continue cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8 to 10.

pure joy


Rachel said...

Yay! My husband bakes too. I get him to do all the fussy stuff!

LEO said...


This is my new blog, btw!!!

aria said...

oh how heavanly! husbands these days are a good lot i think. mine doesnt bake but he does clean and supply fresh flowers on a cosistent basis. mushymushyloveyhim

chef yum yum said...

My boyfriend bakes so, so much better than I do. He's also incredible at making a big baking mess (dirty dishes not just in the sink, but on every inch of available counter space, maybe even on the floor). But if there's flourless chocolate cake in my belly, really can I complain?

Also, thanks for the comment! Your blog is the best (I'm filled with so much photograph envy every time I look at it).

Kate said...

ok...no fair. This is the second post I have read today on super capable husbands in the kitchen and I am feeling just a tich jealous.....that pound cake looks pretty darn good. I do have to say though, my dear sweetest does make a mean cup of joe....and delivers it bedside, so it ain't all a sad thing!

Shannon said...

I am so jealous. Simply green with envy. Home baked goods you didn't have to make. A husband who is the source of the yummy treat. Dang, I need to find one like him!

Erielle said...

Rachel, double yay! Isn't it nice?

Leo, I love your new blog! I am looking forward to reading it, especially when you write about your beans.

Aria, you are so funny! Mushymushylovehim, that's so cute. That's nice that you make your husband such good sandwiches, like you wrote about on your sandwich post. I think the other husbands should be jealous, indeed.

Chef YumYum, thanks for the kind words. And flourless chocolate torte, lucky you!

Kate, a cup of coffee delivered bedside is a wonderful thing. It shows potential, too. I bet you'll could have him baking in no time.

Shannon, it is very wonderful indeed to have a husband who can bake. It's not often that it happens, but then again, if it was everyday, the novelty would wear out, wouldn't it? OK, probably not.

Marieke said...

My husband often says to me at 10.00 in the evening...I feel like baking something...
I look at him and I think: can I love you more!!?? And next to that he makes beautiful food pictures. Men who can cook (and dance) are desired objects nowadays!

Cherry said...

Oh! Lucky you with the baking husband. That pound cake does look lovely.

J said...

That rocks. My husband isn't much of a baker, but he's cooking a yummy dinner as I write this. Love it.

Kristen said...

3 Cheers for baking hubby's... and coffee bringing hubby's and clean upper hubby's, etc.

First of all, that pound cake looks amazing. I LOVE pound cake (and I wonder why I can't lose these last 10 pounds of baby weight!).

My husband doesn't bake. He smokes some delicious ribs and pulled pork on the smoker grill though. He also cleans up after my baking, which I probably appreciate more than him actually baking me something! I make a pretty big mess in the kitchen, and do it often :)

Erielle said...

Marieke, ooooh he can dance AND bake? What a catch! Nice work on that.

Thanks, Cherry!

J, that's so nice to have dinner made for you by your husband. Aren't we lucky?

Kristen, sounds like you've got a keeper, too! Mmmmmmm, pulled pork! I wish I was having that for dinner right now.

Lisa said...

That looks just wonderful. You are lucky -- but as my mom would have said, so is he, honey, so is he. :)