FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Isabel Canfield
TOTAL TIME: raspberry jam takes 24 hrs to set, 10 min to prep and 6 min to grill the pound cake sandwich
MAKES: feeds 4
The holiday season officially starts when we receive our first pound cake or some sort of baked goodness. Pound cake is a hit or a miss for some people. The dense texture could turn people away, but for me, I love the stuff. I love it even more when it’s dressed up with the best pairing ever — Nutella and raspberry jam. If you know me, I love me some Nutella. Who doesn’t? So, for this dessert, I wanted to show you a very simple way to transform a pound cake into something with a completely different flavor that could be served at your next dinner party or enjoyed as an afternoon snack.
I created the raspberry jam—spread, compote or whatever you want to call it—from scratch. Even though my way of canning jam is not very traditional, the outcome turned out just as good—both sweet and tart with the lemon. The Nutella was store bought and the fresh whipped cream takes only minutes. These three flavors enhance the boring dense pound cake and turn it into something you’ll want to eat again and again.
1 container of raspberries (roughly 1 cup)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 loaf pound cake, 8 slices
1 cup heavy cream
1. Make strawberry jam the day before. In a small saucepan, combine the raspberries, sugar and zest. Heat over low to medium temperature for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour jam in a glass air-tight container and refrigerate overnight to thicken.
2. Whip heavy cream. For fresh whip cream, whisk 1 cup of heavy cream in a bowl. Whisk aggressively for about 5 minutes until soft, but firm peaks form. Whisk cream just before making the sandwiches. Set aside.
3. Assemble pound cake sandwich. Cut 8 1/2-inch slices of pound cake. Lay flat on a cutting board. Spread raspberry jam on 4 slices of pound cake and Nutella on the remaining 4 slices. Sandwich one of each together.
4. Grill pound cake sandwiches. Place the sandwiches on a dry grill pan heated to medium temperature. Each side takes 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan, place on a serving plate and top with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!
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