Wednesday, July 24

Lemon Goat Cheese Pound Cake with Grilled Honey Glazed Plums and Basil

This cake is versatile, sweet and holds up to heavy fruits and syrups. The grilled Plums are the perfect pairing for a summer dessert.


I like desserts that are easy to make but sound and look elegant. A simple dessert such as pound cake and fresh local fruit can be dressed up with just a few small changes. Instead of using a traditional all butter pound cake, I've opted to use some creamy soft goat cheese to add some richness and a little tang. For the fruit, instead of cooking it down into a syrup or a compote, I opted to glaze some fresh plums with honey and lemon then grill them just until they start to caramelize. Topped off with some sweetened Crème fraîche and fresh basil. It is the perfect fancy but not so fancy dessert to wow your friends and family.



Lemon Goat Cheese Pound Cake with Grilled  Honey Glazed Plums and Basil
Pound Cake adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes, Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz creamy goat cheese
3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
the juice and zest of one lemon
4 large eggs
About 4 medium plums (1/2 plum per person)
1-2 tbs honey
1 tsp lemon juice
6 fresh basil leaves chopped.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. To prepare your baking dish, butter and flour a 9x5 loaf pan. Or you can use baking spray.

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

In your electric mixer using the paddle attachment, cream goat cheese and butter together until light and fluffy. Mix in your sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Once incorporated mix in your eggs one at a time.

Using a rubber spatula mix in your dry ingredients by hand. Spread batter into your prepared baking dish and bake for 60 minutes or until it is golden and a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Allow cake to cool.

Meanwhile halve your plums, removing pit. Leave the skins on and cut into quarters. In a small bowl using a fork mix your honey, and lemon together. Using a pastry brush, brush each plum quarter with it. Place on a hot grill for about 2 minutes or until they are all camamilized. Move around if needed.

Place hot plum on a slice of pound cake, top with unsweetened or sweetened Crème fraîche. Sprinkle basil over the tops before serving.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1.5 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1.5 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs - See more at: http://cupcakekellys.com/2013/05/15/year-of-baking-joy-the-bakers-cream-cheese-poundcake/#sthash.lOoZv8GZ.dpuf
2 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1.5 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1.5 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs - See more at: http://cupcakekellys.com/2013/05/15/year-of-baking-joy-the-bakers-cream-cheese-poundcake/#sthash.lOoZv8GZ.dpuf
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15 comments:

  1. Oh my, loving this combination of flavors.

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  2. Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I've been craving pound cake like crazy lately (random, I know) and this one sounds perfect, especially with the plums on top. YUM.

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  3. Those honey glazed plums look incredible!

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  4. Stunning, Carrie! I am completely smitten with this flavor combo!

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  5. this sounds delightful! i've recently discovered my love for chèvre so will have to try this sometime!

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    1. I hope you do try it! I use Chevre in so many different dishes. It's my favorite cheese.

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  6. Holly Molly! Now this is a pound cake I can get behind. Adding goat cheese for half the butter? Genius women.

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  7. Oh my goodness! This has my name written all over it ;) heavenly!

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  8. This looks and sounds heavenly! Lemon and goat cheese! Count me in!

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  9. Yeah...I just made this cake...and it's the bomb!!! I'm working in a farm in Germany with a few goats, and was looking for a nice recipe to use goats milk and fresh cheese. The butter, self-made yesterday, Goats cheese, self-made yesterday, Spelt flour from the farm, and stone fruits from the orchard picked in the morning...The cake has an amazing flavor...The goat cheese i the cake comes across with a caramel essence when baking, and retained that flavor when you cooked...that was so unexpectedly delicious. The sweetness of the cake is so well balanced, that you can enjoy it with the stone fruit in the recipe, or with any other sweet toppings...I actually drizzled a little bit of olive oil and honey on mine..and was divine. I can't wait to have it with coffee tomorrow morning! Thanks for this great recipe.
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