Almond Pound Cake With Raspberry Filling
3/4 cup sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 ounces (34 cup) almond paste, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, (donít use margarine), at room temperature
1 cup raspberry preserves
Position rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and
lightly flour a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Sift onto sheet of waxed paper. Set
Crack eggs into a small bowl. Add the vanilla and whisk briefly, as if to make
Place the almond paste in a work bowl of a large heavy-duty mixer.
Using low speed and a flat paddle, break up the almond paste, mixing for 30
seconds. Maintaining the same speed, add sugar.
Continue beating on low speed, adding the butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Stop
machine after all of the butter has been added, and scrape down the sides.
Increase the speed to medium and cream butter, almond paste and sugar together
until mixture is light in color and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
With the mixer still on medium speed, add the eggs, beginning a tablespoon at a
time and beating until the eggs disappear before adding more.
Continue to beat until the mixture appears very fluffy, velvety and white and
has increased in volume. Stop beating the batter now.
Using a rubber spatula, add about half of the flour mixture, scraping sides of
bowl and mixing well before adding the remaining flour.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and use the spatula to ease the batter a
little higher on the sides than in the center.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in
center comes out clean. It is normal for pound cake to crack along their tops
Let the cake cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Tip the cake out of the pan, using a
thin-bladed knife or spatula to help free it if necessary, and rest right side
up on a rack to continue cooling.
When the cake is completely cool, use a long, serrated knife to trim the top of
the cake to make it level, if necessary. Cut a V-shaped portion out along the
length of the cake. Set both pieces aside.
Heat raspberry preserves in a small heavy saucepan over low heat until they
liquefy, then push the preserves through a sieve to remove the seeds, if
Spread the sloping sides of the cut-out V on the cake bottom with raspberry
preserves, and replace V-shaped piece.
Wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature if serving within 24 hours.
To freeze, cover plastic wrapped cake in foil, and freeze for up to 2 weeks.
Makes 10 servings.