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Plain pound cake

Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yields Serves 24
Plain pound cake
1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans and set aside.

2

Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

3

Beat the egg yolks then beat into the butter and sugar with the nutmeg, wine and rosewater. Stir in the flour.

4

Beat the egg whites until moderately stiff, 3 to 5 minutes, and fold into the mixture. Divide the batter between the loaf pans and smooth the tops.

5

Bake the loaves until light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 1 1/2 hours. Cool the loaves in the pan slightly, then turn out onto wire racks.

“This is the old-fashioned recipe that our mothers used to make,” says “The White House Cook Book” (1887), from which this is adapted.

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