Monday, July 12, 2010

Mini Vanilla Bean Pound Cakes






This little pound cake is amazing; buttery, tender and infused with loads of vanilla flavor.  Vanilla bean really elevates this edible gem into a class all its own. There is one and only one problem with Rose's Mini Vanilla Bean Pound Cakes......next time I should quadruple the recipe.  Before I knew it, everyone sliced seconds!

The neighborhood cake decorating store received a shipment of paper baking pans.  They were rather excited I bought a pack. The owner gave me a sales pitch on how useful the various sizes and shapes are for taking baked goods to an event and not having to worry about bringing a pan home.

These pound cakes, however, never stood a chance of leaving my house.

Not certain how to use the wobbly things, I slid them under a half size cookie sheet.  It was then I noticed a paper had fluttered to the floor.  Thinking it might be a recipe, I actually ended up reading the instructions.  It was a good thing since not only was the cookie sheet called for but a lower temperature and reduced baking time, as well.

I stressed myself out all week over buying a bottle of Vanilla Cognac.  After learning it is brandy, it seemed like a good opportunity to use the peach brandy sitting in my cupboard from a past Heavenly Cake recipe.  First off, I doubled the syrup to make certain there was enough to macerate peaches after following Raymond's suggestion of putting the remaining vanilla bean pod in the syrup.  It truly enhanced the taste.  I brushed it on before adding brandy since children were eagerly awaiting a slice then poured a bit of peach brandy into the remaining syrup with peaches.

My granddaughter requested ice cream alongside her slice.  This cake is so spectacular it doesn't need anything else but with ice cream and boozy peaches, let me say it takes it to another level.  It is definitely on the make again and again and again list, which means, I need to buy proper mini loaf pans.



13 comments:

  1. aw, no pictures of the boozy peaches? ever since i read your comment on raymond's post i've been looking forward to seeing them all boozed up next to a slice of pound cake. i will live.

    great looking cakes! peach brandy pound cakes does sound rather good!

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  2. What a great idea to use the peach brandy and the boozy peaches. I love peaches, and sounds like boozy-ing it takes it to the next level!

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  3. peach brandy sounds wonderful!! I totally agree with you..next time i should double up my recipe if not quadruple..

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  4. i forgot to add actually i too was thinking if i should buy the vanilla cognac..you know i have a lot of bottles of alcohol now for someone who doesn't even consume alcohol..i got all of them after i started baking..lol!

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  5. This is the reason I love this baking group... the ideas are just flying... boozy peaches... its getting noted on the book for the next time.

    Mine made it past the 48 hour mark, only because I baked late on Sunday night... today I'm having the last piece that I had the forth sight to "hide" this morning, or else, no dessert for me tonight.

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  6. Peaches with that pound cake had to be sooooooooooo good. Great idea using the peach brandy!! Wish I had made more too!!

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  7. Okay! I am dusting off the book and making this...you make it sound so wonderful!!! I love reading your posts..it is like being in my own crazy kitchen.

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  8. It seems to be the things to do now in the face of an arsenal of strange alcohol bottles, to use the ones we have. I see in this cake that people have mentioned using a number of different liqueurs - each producing many splendid results. I think we are becoming very creative!

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  9. You had me at this wonderful pound cake, then you add ice cream and boozy peaches.....wow

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