Baking an Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pound Loaf

This week I opted for a classic. But as ever I added a little twist. After my previous indulgent recipe last week of Peanut Butter Banana Loaf, I craved something slightly simpler. I decided to Bake a buttermilk pound loaf with Autumnal spices.

The pound cake is a British recipe that dates back to the 1700’s. Many people couldn’t read in this era, so the recipe was kept incredibly simple- 1 pound of each flour, butter, eggs and sugar. Easy to remember and create with very little. The name just stuck.

Spiced Buttermilk Pound Loaf

Part of my baking journey is to master the basics. I feel as though this is a great place to begin with anyone wanting to take up baking. Because if you can truly master the basics you can’t fail in going forward.

I used my Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for the basis of this recipe. However I added to it a teaspoon of cinnamon and ginger. Along with some vanilla essence.

My other difference was that I did not have any buttermilk. Quite frankly, I do not care for it very much. I looked up alternatives to basic buttermilk, and found you could use a combination of cows milk and lemon juice to create a similar effect, so I went for this.

While the cake was baking, the house was filled with a beautifully sweet, warm and homey smell. My mouth was watering and I couldn’t wait to get it out of the oven. The cake took a good long while to bake. Around 1 hour 15 minutes.

Bird’s eye view of my Pound Loaf.

There was no fancy decoration needed here. This traditional cake needn’t compete with any other fussy toppings. It is perfect just as it is. Well, perhaps alongside a cup of tea.

When cutting into my cake, I couldn’t help but notice how sweet smelling it remained. It lifted the spirits of all my housemates with it’s aromatic aroma, even after it had cooled right down.

The only problem with this cake was, it is incredibly moorish. I polished off two slices right away while it was still warm. I slapped a bit of butter on my slice, which added another layer of moisture and saltiness.

This cake reminded me of a good old fashioned Rock Bun. One of my staple favourites growing up as a child. They were incredibly easy to make, fun to mould into little balls and dollop on a baking sheet. Not only this, but they hit the spot every time. Despite their simplicity they were always so satisfying. This is the same for Pound Cake.

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