Looks like I have been busy, I should not complain I don't have time, lazy etc..... if I really put my mind into it I know I can do a post, but I do have to say after Hans comming back from Delhi, I have been busy, there was a wedding to go as my nephew got married , then there was a concert Hans and Shyama were playing together, they both also played for the nephew's wedding and then there was all the parties here at home.
We never need a reason for partying, the day of the wedding after the Mass , in laws , niece and her boy friend came to our place before we left for the evening function, so then opend up wine and had a good time, then when Hans and Shyama had a concert, in laws, niece, and aunties came home for after concert party, which means I prepared snadwiches and we opend up few bottles of red wine :-).
I made this cake last week Wednesday when I asked my in laws for coffee and Wanted to Show the dresses Hans brought back from Delhi.
We all loved the cake, and loved the cardamom taste in it, there was coffee too in the cake but I think the cardamom taste over powered to have coffee taste.
I served with coffee and also everybody butterd the slices of cake before they ate which gave it a extra pluse undulgence and taste :-)
The recipe is from one of my favourtie Baking books, Baking From my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan. I do have to admit what ever I have made from her book always comes out perfect and delicious. A book one should have if you love baking.
2 cups plus 2 tbsp of all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature.
1 cup sugar ( I only added 1/2 cup as we don't like our cake too sweet)
4 Large eggs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of hot water
Center the rack in thr oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Butter an 8 1/2 - x-4 1/2 - x-2 1/2 inch loaf pan, dust yhr inside with the flour and tap out the excesss.
Whisk together the flour , baking powder and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferbly fitted with a paddl attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on a medium speed untill smooth about 3 minutes.
Add the sugar and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time , beating well after each addition.
Don't be concerened if the batter curdles and stays curdled - it will be fine.
Beat the vanilla.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and alternatley add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 ( begin and end with the dry ingridients), mixing only untill each addition is oncorporated.
At this poin you are ready to divide the batter, add in on hald of the batter cardamom powder and in the pther half the coffee.
Sppon the batter out in long a alternative rows.
Bake the cake for 1 hour and 20 to 30 minutes, or untill a thin knife inserted deep into the center come out clean.
If the cake is looking as it is getting too brown during its bake, cover it loosley with a foil.
Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and let it rest for about 15 minutes before unfolding, then cool the cake to room temperature.