Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Peanut Butter - Caramel Pound Cake

Right before Valentine's Day I was watching the Food Network and Giada De Laurentiis did a Valentine's episode with all sweets. One of the desserts she made was Peanut Butter - Caramel Pound Cake, I was mesmerized! I know I have mentioned my issues (other words; addiction, obsession) with peanut butter before so you know my taste buds were slightly freaking out. I made the pound cake that night, I couldn't help myself. It was pretty simple, however I didn't have the loaf pan size she suggests so I needed to cook it a little longer and when I tested the center too many it caused it to cave in. It didn't look as pretty as her's but it sure tasted amazing! I topped it with a rich vanilla ice cream, such as Haggen-Daz, chocolate syrup and the left over caramel. Later in the week I had a slice by itself, just as delish.

Peanut Butter - Caramel Pound Cake
Gianda De Laurentiis
Serves 8 - 10

Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 (9.5-ounce) bag soft caramel candies, unwrapped (recommended: Kraft Classic Caramels)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch nonstick, metal loaf pan with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a 14-by-3 1/2-inch piece of parchment paper. Spray with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the sides of the pan with a 14-by-7-inch piece of parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small, heavy saucepan, combine the caramel candies and heavy cream over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the candies have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and beat in the eggs and vanilla. With the machine running, gradually add the flour mixture in batches to form a thick batter. Beat in the peanut butter. Transfer half of the batter to the prepared pan. Pour 2 tablespoons of the caramel lengthwise along the center of the batter. Using the tip of a knife, swirl the caramel sauce into the batter. Place the remaining batter on top and pour another 2 tablespoons of the caramel sauce lengthwise along the center of the batter. Swirl the caramel sauce into the batter. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and peel away the parchment paper. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour (center of cake will fall during cooling). Slice the pound cake and place on a serving platter. Warm the remaining caramel sauce over low heat. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the pound cake slices or serve alongside.

1 comment:

  1. Oh boy, now THIS is dessert! Peanut butter and caramel = irresistible. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up.