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Almond Amaretto Pound Cake

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Indulge in Sweet Bliss with Almond Amaretto Pound Cake

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Welcome to a world of sweet indulgence with our Almond Amaretto Pound Cake recipe! This delightful treat combines the rich flavors of almond, amaretto, and buttery pound cake for a dessert experience like no other. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving something sweet, this recipe promises to delight your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Let’s embark on a journey of baking bliss and discover the magic of Almond Amaretto Pound Cake!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/4 cup amaretto
  • Amaretto Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup packed Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
    • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
    • 1/3 cup half & half
    • 3 tablespoons amaretto

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Buttermilk Substitute: In a small bowl, combine the whole milk and white vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to curdle, creating a homemade buttermilk substitute.
  3. Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Creaming Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Incorporating Eggs and Flavorings: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract, almond extract, and amaretto until well combined.
  6. Alternating Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the flour mixture and buttermilk substitute to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Baking: Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cooling and Unmolding: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before carefully transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook Notes and Variations:

  • Glaze Option: Instead of the Amaretto Sauce, you can drizzle the cake with a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and amaretto for an extra touch of sweetness.
  • Nutty Crunch: Add chopped almonds or almond slices to the batter for added texture and flavor.
  • Citrus Zest: Enhance the aroma of the cake by adding grated lemon or orange zest to the batter.

Keto and Low Carb Versions:

  • Keto Option: Substitute almond flour or coconut flour for the all-purpose flour to reduce the carb content. Use a low-carb sweetener such as erythritol or monk fruit sweetener in place of granulated sugar.
  • Low Carb Variation: Reduce the amount of flour by half and use a combination of almond flour and coconut flour. Replace the granulated sugar with a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol in both the cake and the sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. Can I use store-bought buttermilk instead of making a substitute?
    • Yes, you can use store-bought buttermilk if you have it on hand. However, the homemade buttermilk substitute works just as well and is easy to make.
  2. How should I store leftovers?
    • Store any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. The Amaretto Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and reheated before serving.
  3. Can I make this cake ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can bake the cake in advance and store it, tightly wrapped, at room temperature for up to two days before serving. Wait to pour the Amaretto Sauce over the cake until just before serving for optimal freshness.
  4. Can I omit the amaretto from the recipe?
    • If you prefer not to use alcohol, you can omit the amaretto from both the cake batter and the sauce. The cake will still be delicious, though it will have a slightly different flavor profile.

Savor the decadent flavors of Almond Amaretto Pound Cake and indulge in a dessert experience that’s truly unforgettable. With its moist and tender crumb, subtle almond notes, and luxurious Amaretto Sauce, this cake is a delightful treat for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it at a dinner party or enjoying a slice with your morning coffee, this recipe is sure to impress. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to bake up a slice of sweet bliss that will leave everyone craving more!

Here’s to indulgence and the joy of homemade desserts!