Buttermilk Pound LoafPosted 10 May 2013 by Debbie
Just as soon as the sunny weather arrives, it’s cruelly snatched away from us again. It’s a rainy day in May, and what better to lift the spirits on a damp afternoon than a spot of baking? This is another recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, which I’ve some good successes with so far. This one is for buttermilk pound loaf and, because the recipe said I could, I’ve added some dark chocolate chips.
The loaf didn’t rise as much as I expected (or hoped) so it had quite a dense (although rich and buttery) texture. Also, the chocolate chips all snuck to the bottom, which isn’t a bad thing really. The buttermilk gives a really nice tang to it though, and the chocolate chips give an extra little kick.
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf):
- 120 g unsalted butter
- 330 g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 200 g plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- ½ tsp salt
- 120 ml buttermilk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 100 g dark chocolate chips (optional)
Sieve together the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. In a separate mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. gradually mix the flour mixture and buttermilk into the butter/sugar. The Hummingbird Bakery book recommends adding some of the flour, and some of the buttermilk, mixing and then adding a bit more of each, until all is combined.
Mix in the vanilla and any other additions like chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into a greased loaf tin and bake for 35–40 minutes at 170°C.
I will be submitting this recipe to Roxana’s Baked with Love event.